“Cities for Rent” receives the European Press Prize for Innovation

The Arena-coordinated cross-border investigation “Cities for Rent” won the European Press Prize for Innovation, when the prizes were announced on June 2nd.

Cities for Rent is a cross-border investigation into the phenomenon of corporate landlords: private companies that have been acquiring more and more homes for profit across European cities. It has grown out of the Arena Housing Network, a collaborative network of journalists interested in housing launched by Arena at Dataharvest 2019,

Housing keeps being an important topic around Europe, as many cities suffer a crisis of housing affordability. From corporate and other big landlords to short-term and tourism rentals, to student housing, to empty homes, there’s a need and opportunity for journalists to investigate housing topics together across borders.

Earlier, “Cities for Rent” had received an honourable mention at the IJ4EU Impact Award and was nominated to the Sigma Awards for data journalism.

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