Arena launches Food & Water Network – join in!

At the European Investigative Journalism Conference – Dataharvest in May 2022 we jointly launched the Food & Water Network. On a sunny Saturday afternoon in Mechelen, 50 journalists, civil society representatives and academics came together at the conference’s Food & Water Roundtable to discuss key issues and necessary research around food and water across Europe. Continue reading “Arena launches Food & Water Network – join in!”

“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, Continue reading ““Cities for Rent” receives the European Press Prize for Innovation”

Arena gets new managing director

Sanne Schim van der Loeff joins the management of Arena for Journalism in Europe.

Sanne Schim van der Loeff (Photo: Marlene Fröhlich)

We are very happy to present the new managing director for Arena for Journalism in Europe: Sanne Schim van der Loeff will join the team from April 1 (full time from May 1) and constitute the management team together with our current director Brigitte Alfter. Brigitte will in the future concentrate on the editorial and journalistic development of Arena, while Sanne will focus on the organizational and financial sides of development. Continue reading “Arena gets new managing director”

Independent media self-organise

Being the head of an independent public interest medium can be quite lonely. Especially when it comes to handling managerial issues in the organisation. At the same time, more and more of these independent outlets have been established throughout Europe in the past years. In order to solve organisational problems that nobody can solve alone, eighteen European independent media have decided to join forces in the self-organised exchange network Reference, the European Independent Media Circle. Continue reading “Independent media self-organise”

Political attention to Europe’s housing crisis

On January 27, the Greens / EFA group at the European Parliament released a report titled, My home is an asset class“. The Financialization of Housing in Europe, authored by researchers Daniela Gabor and Sebastian Kohl.

The report pays close attention to the role of institutional or corporate landlords – the subject for the large Arena-coordinated collaborative investigation Cities for Rent’. It quotes data and two articles from the investigation, from Der Tagesspiegel and the Dublin Inquirer respectively. Continue reading “Political attention to Europe’s housing crisis”

Jelena Prtorić chosen as Bertha fellow

Our Arena Climate Network project director Jelena Prtorić is chosen as one of the Bertha Challenge fellows for 2022!

The Bertha Challenge is an opportunity for activists and investigative journalists “to spend a year focusing on one pressing social justice issue.” In 2022, the fellows will focus on the question of how the relationship between politics and profit is contributing to the degradation and loss of our freshwater and oceans, and what can be done to ensure equitable access and protection of those finite resources for people and planet? Continue reading “Jelena Prtorić chosen as Bertha fellow”

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Are you interested in investigating stories related to the climate crisis, energy transition or environmental wrong-doing and you need some help in making sense of the datasets you’ve come across? Continue reading “Get data help for your climate or energy story!”

Arena is partner in pioneering crossborder journalism education

Arena for Journalism in Europe is partner in a pioneering education for crossborder journalism with five European journalism schools, and the project has just received €340,000 in support from Erasmus+.

A two-year pilot project will gather journalism master students from the University of Gothenburg, the Centre de Formation des Journalistes in Paris and the University of Leipzig. The project will be followed and documented by researchers from OsloMet and the University of Amsterdam.

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Use our data – investigate housing in your own town

Everyone needs a home, and high demand for rental flats across European  cities has contributed to make housing a very attractive investment. The total investment into residential real estate in Europe increased more than 700 per cent between 2009 and 2020, from 7.9 to 66.9 billion euros, according to data by Real Capital Analytics. Continue reading “Use our data – investigate housing in your own town”

Kickstart your crossborder journalism

Apply to join the European Collaborative Journalism Programme (ECJP)

The Toepfer Foundation and Arena for Journalism in Europe have joined forces to support collaborative journalism among journalists from all over Europe and call for applications to participate in the European Collaborative Journalism Programme.

Digital transformation is putting the media system under pressure. This affects the quality and diversity of the media but also hampers more resource-demanding investigative journalism and in-depth research. At the same time, cross-border stories have become more prevalent such as in the fields of migration, organized crime, pollution or consumer protection. Collaborative journalism provides the means to maintain investigations despite declining resources. It allows to pool resources and expertise, to analyse facts and data jointly and to also publish in several media at the same time.

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