Arena’s Climate Network moves up a gear

Three new faces join the Arena Climate Network, lots of new activities in the pipeline!

We are revitalising our Climate Network to offer investigative and data journalists across Europe a hub for collaboration, discussion and learning from each other. Among our many new activities will be a conference series, combined with training, a mentorship program, and guidance for the setting up of local networks.

Arena launched its Climate Network in 2020: since then we have monitored investigative work on climate issues, brought together climate journalists at our flagship conference, the Dataharvest conference. We have also provided an online working forum, and a rapid communications channel, and supported cross-border climate investigations.

Through this work we saw a great appetite among journalists across Europe to work together on climate topics. And collaboration is our expertise. That is why we decided to step up even more. After securing funds for our network from the European Climate Foundation and Laudes Foundation, we are going into a higher gear.

The Climate Network will serve as an open-access network by and for journalists. It is for journalists who want to focus on all aspects of the climate crisis and who want to do in-depth, investigative work. Our network will nurture and serve a community devoted to exposing financial greed, corruption, and government malaise that fuel the climate crisis.

Together, we will challenge power, combat greenwashing, uncover industry lobbying, and explore how to tell climate stories in a way that can better engage audiences.

Our first goal is to bring journalists, climate scientists and civil tech researchers together in a working conference in late April. There they will network, build trust, and share expertise. Modeled after our very popular Dataharvest Conference, it will combine panel discussion with hands-on workshops: there the participants will plant seeds for future investigative collaboration.

The April conference will be our first and will be followed by a larger one in November which will take place annually.

Throughout the year, we will also facilitate match-making between journalists and offer them guidance on cross-border working. We will support them in their climate investigations by providing in-person training, targeted teaching, specialised mentors, and effective coordination. To carry out this work, experienced journalists Zeynep Sentek and Lorenz Matzat together with veteran trainer Jonathan Stoneman join Arena’s ranks.

We have a lot more planned. If you are interested in joining the Arena Climate Network, visit here to read more about our mission and past work.

You can be added to our Signal group if you want to connect with other climate journalists around Europe. This is where you can get quick answers to your questions, get peer feedback, and even find reporting partners in other countries. If you want to join, write to Zeynep.

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If you have any questions or suggestions, you can always reach out. We would be delighted to hear from you.

Zeynep Sentek, project director, 

Lorenz Matzat, network coordinator,

Jonathan Stoneman, lead trainer,

We are hiring: Finance assistant (part-time)

Finance assistant – 0,3 FTE

We are looking to add a part-time finance assistant to the team. Arena for Journalism in Europe is growing fast, and we work on many different projects. Therefore, we are looking for someone to support the managing director and help maintain and develop structures for the financial aspects of the organisation.

About the organisation

Arena for Journalism in Europe is a public interest organisation in the field of journalism, registered in the Netherlands and with a European perspective. We support collaborative, investigative, data and other innovative journalism practices in Europe. We are commitment-driven and believe that in-depth journalism is crucial to knowledge sharing, critical thinking and political life in European societies. The organisation was founded in early 2019 and has established a clear profile of activities.

We work with a large community network and have a well-established brand. Ethics, integrity, transparency, and respectful collaboration are among the keywords in this community and govern our activities. Our main activity is arranging the Dataharvest – the European Investigative Journalism conference, currently gathering around 500 participants.

As we are a European organisation, all team members work remotely, though we have several in-person team meetings a year. We do not control work hours, instead we focus on results. We collaborate and look out for each other within the team in regular in-person and online meetings. Our new colleague thus needs to be comfortable with working remotely and in a small team in start-up mode. Our working language is English.


    • Responsible for lining up and logging payments
    • Manage payments and invoicing through a variety of payment systems (including Pretix and Paypal)
    • Responsible, together with the Managing Director, for ongoing bookkeeping within our existing bookkeeping software system
    • Develop payment structures for the organisation, including, but not limited to day-to-day financial and expense administration structures.
    • Supporting the managing director in developing the overall financial structure of the organisation
    • Responsible for keeping actuals up to date and observing the realisation of the budget.
    • Together with managing director, the finance assistant will support the external accountant in bookkeeping, the annual account, and documentation for board meetings and to funders.

 We are looking for someone with

    • A relevant degree in finance administration
    • Experience in working for a non-profit organisation and affinity with the mission of the organisation
    • A good understanding of the financial structures of non-profit organisations, particularly in The Netherlands
    • Knowledge of and experience with the Dutch financial non-profit system, VAT and ANBI tax regulations
    • Knowledge of payment systems, project and strategic budgeting and accounting systems (specifically Exact Online bookkeeping)
    • Excellent written and spoken Dutch and English
    • The ability to work alone as well as in a team
    • Flexibility in working hours
    • Knowledge of handling EU grants is an advantage

In return, we offer

    • a passionate and driven team, who will give their utmost to make things happen within an organisation where collaboration and mutual respect are key;
    • a role in which you are given a lot of responsibility and the opportunity to help develop and structure a young and fast-growing organisation;
    • a chance to work within the field of journalism, which is continuously changing and full of interesting and inspiring people;
    • a job with flexible and remote working conditions;
    • an agreement, on freelance-basis, for at least a year, with the intention of an extension, and;
    • payment in line with the industry standards of your country of residence

Arena is an equal opportunity organisation. We encourage applications that can make the organisation a better reflection of society.


Please send a copy of your CV and motivation letter to Sanne Schim van der Loeff,, before Monday 13 February 2023.


For questions, please reach out to Sanne Schim van der Loeff,

Join the Food & Water network meetings

Photo: Chris Ensminger on Unsplash

Get wiser and find new stories in our network series on investigating food and water issues in Europe! Free participation.

In the Arena Food & Water Network we come together to discuss how to investigate  issues around food and water in Europe. Together with experts from journalism, academia, civil society and economy we look at data sources, reasearch and journalistic projects that can inspire further investigations and cross-border collaborations. Continue reading “Join the Food & Water network meetings”

New investigation: Intensive agriculture that feeds us pollutes our waters

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These are some of the conclusions highlighted in “Troubled Waters”, a new research project by Jelena Prtorić from Arena for Journalism in Europe and Luisa Izuzquiza from the German NGO FragDenStaat. The two have researched the status of Europe’s waterways, the severe impact of agricultural practices on water quality, and how the effort to curb and halt water pollution, at both European and national level, achieves “too little, too late”. Continue reading “New investigation: Intensive agriculture that feeds us pollutes our waters”

Billions of public funds for big business – the Farmsubsidy database relaunched

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Arena team contributes to chapter to Dutch handbook on investigative journalism

A new Dutch language handbook on investigative journalism methods includes a chapter on crossborder collaborative journalism by Arena editorial director Brigitte Alfter and data journalist Adriana Homolova and a contribution by Dataharvest project coordinator Ruben Brugnera.

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Next generation of cross-border journalists on the way

72 students of journalism from three journalism educations in Germany, France and Sweden gathered in Brussels in late October to get to know each other, set up teams and prepare collaborative investigations across borders. They are the first of two pilot classes to develop a networked cross-border journalism education under the headline Crossborder Journalism Campus.

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Arena for Journalism in Europe partners with IJ4EU: Cross-Border Masterclasses & Dataharvest 2023 fellowships

Arena is happy to announce a partnership with the IJ4EU consortium for 2022/23. For this partnership, Arena will provide master class trainings on crafting a cross-border collaborative journalism work plan – obviously also with the purpose of preparing an application for an IJ4EU grant, if that’s what the team needs. In 2023, the partnership allows to bring in a number of IJ4EU grantees to present their work at Dataharvest – the European Investigative Journalism Conference and further a number of grantees to join as participants. We are much looking forward to this cooperation, as the Dataharvest community is the obvious network to be in for IJ4EU grantees, and the Arena team has highly specialised competences in the field of facilitating and training collaborative journalism projects.

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Journalism educations go cross-border with Arena as partner

Ready to go: The meeting in Paris was between Edouard Perrin (CFJ, Paaris), Felix Irmer (IfKMW, Leipzig), Ulla Sätereie (JMG, Gothenburg), Stéphanie Lebrun (CFJ, Paris), Brigitte Alfter (Arena for Journalism in Europe), Sandra Foresti (JMG, Gothenburg), Helena Löfving (JMG, Gothenburg), Maria Hendrischke (IfKMW, Leipzig) und Uwe Krüger (IfKMW, Leipzig). Photo: CFJ

Five European journalism educations and Arena for Journalism in Europe are ready to begin work with the very first Cross-border Journalism Campus with the aim of integrating the cross-border method in journalism from the very beginning. Representatives of the schools met recently in Paris to launch to first phase of the project.

The five journalism educations are Gothenburg University (Sweden), Universität Leipzig (Germany), Universiteit van Amsterdam (The Netherlands), Oslomet – Storbyuniversitetet (Norway) and Centre de Formation des Continue reading “Journalism educations go cross-border with Arena as partner”

Network on the way: Labour is a cross-border issue

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For the last months, and thanks to the support of the Otto Brenner Foundation, Arena has been researching how mainstream media cover issues related to labour around Europe, and how much the international dimension is included. The first goal is Continue reading “Network on the way: Labour is a cross-border issue”