The Arena Housing Project is flying

The Arena Housing Project has recently experienced some of its busiest weeks as it has launched more tools and resources for journalists and researchers working on housing across Europe.

We have welcomed Jelena Prtorić as a Community Coordinator at Arena, and it’s in a big part thanks to hear that you can now follow the Arena Housing Project on Twitter, where we keep you updated about housing issues from a journalistic perspective and share collaborative resources.

We have also launched the Arena Housing Knowledge Base, a repository of useful and actionable data and information about housing. There you’ll find different kinds of resources (data sources and sets, media and other reports, policy and court cases, housing initiatives…) classified into seven topics: access to housing, big landlords, empty homes, homelessness, land ownership, short-term rentals, and social and public housing.

As cooperation among our network members becomes tighter and cross-border investigations start being discussed, we are now providing the network with a fully-fledged online collaborative environment: cloud and office tools, a wiki application, and a chat server. Now cross-border teams have ready the necessary online infrastructure to launch and and work on collaborative projects.

Of course, it all began with the Arena Housing List launched shortly after Dataharvest 2019, where the Arena Housing Project was born, and which now has now over 200 members, the big majority of them journalists interested in housing and spread all over Europe, and also academic researchers, policy experts and people from advocacy organisations and activist groups.

So many resources and web pages, so many links. But don’t despair, as there’s only one easy link you need to save or remember to find the Housing Project of Arena for Journalism in Europe: https://journalismarena.eu/housing

The coronavirus fuels journalistic collaborations

The coronavirus has given new aspects to the Arena Housing Project and the collaboration in the network – and at the same time, new problems arise in the housing field because of the virus.

The Arena Housing Project is a result of the Dataharvest 2019 conference, where many sessions focused on the housing crisis in Europe.

One of Arena’s main goals is to inspire, create and coordinate networks to promote and facilitate cross-border collaborative journalism. The present crisis has made even clearer how important collaborative journalism is when we want to research and report on complex issues that don’t care about borders. The Housing Network now has 176 persons affiliated – mainly journalists, but also housing experts from academia, activists and others.

We build resources together – shared databases and interactive map

Everybody was told to stay home to prevent the spread of the virus. But what about those who don’t have a home? The homeless population is vulnerable even at the best of times, and they are especially at risk during the Covid-19 pandemic because they have little access to hygiene, and many have bad health. Continue reading “The coronavirus fuels journalistic collaborations”

COVID-19 pushes flats from Airbnb to the long-term rental market

This week, the Arena Housing Project published its first piece of curation journalism. The text gives an overview of how Airbnb investors are moving their flats to the long-term rental market – and lets you take the next step in the research and reporting.

As the global pandemic of COVID-19 has brought tourism and travelling to a halt, nice-looking flats that previously were only offered at daily rates on platforms like Airbnb have been appearing as long-term rentals in cities across Europe.

Housing watchers, however, assume those flats will go back to the tourism market as soon as people can travel again.

For critics of tourist rental platforms, this is further proof that the likes of Airbnb are turning housing into an investment object: when homes become a financial asset to exploit for profit rather than a public good Continue reading “COVID-19 pushes flats from Airbnb to the long-term rental market”

Arena and Hostwriter Cooperate to Organize 2019 EIJC & Dataharvest

ANNOUNCEMENT

Arena for Journalism in Europe and Hostwriter are happy to announce they will cooperate to organize this year’s European Investigative Journalism Conference & Dataharvest 2019 (EIJC19). The EIJC (European Investigative Journalism Conference) & Dataharvest is the place to network and learn for investigative and data journalists in Europe. EIJC19 & Dataharvest will take place on 17-19 May 2019 in Mechelen, Belgium, with pre-conference masterclasses and a Hack Day on 16 May. Continue reading “Arena and Hostwriter Cooperate to Organize 2019 EIJC & Dataharvest”

Welcome to Arena for Journalism in Europe

The news:  In January 2019 Arena for Journalism in Europe was founded as a ‘Stichting’ under Dutch law. It’s main activity will be to continue the EIJC & Dataharvest Conference, which has left the protective wings of Journalismfund.eu and is now organized by Arena.

The background: The EIJC & Dataharvest Conference is the European Conference for Data and Investigative Journalism. It has Continue reading “Welcome to Arena for Journalism in Europe”

The Power of Publication

Rethinking the European infrastructure for journalism in a networked society – or why we set up an open Arena for Journalism in Europe

When journalists publish the same story simultaneously in three, ten or forty countries, public attention is secured; they make a big splash. It is the power of publication. Notably the power of publication adapted to the era of networked societies. Continue reading “The Power of Publication”