cross-border journalism

Handbook on cross-border journalism

In Uncategorized on July 13, 2017 at 4:00 pm

The Handbook on cross-border journalism is the first of its kind. The book provides a step-by-step introduction to the method of cross-border journalism from idea to publication and beyond. It builds upon own experience of the author and a long series of interviews with established cross-border teams such as ICIJ as well as thematic ad-hoc teams.

The experience of the practitioners is then enriched with insigths by scholars of various disciplines of relevance throughout the work process of cross-border journalism. The book includes numerous examples of cross-border work as well as interviews with practitioners.

The Handbook on Cross-Border Journalism is currently available in Danish. The German version is scheduled for 2017 in the Herbert von Halem Verlag.

On the website background links can be found – all related to cross-border journalism including examples of journalistic and academic work.

Read the original press release at publishing house Ajour February 2015.

Read the table of content (in Danish)

Buy the book at Ajour.

In short

In Uncategorized on July 13, 2017 at 2:00 am

Foto: Thomas Tolstrup

Managing Editor at, a support structure for in-depth, innovative and independent journalism in Europe.

Lived in Brussels from 2004-2008 working as EU-correspondent for Danish daily Information, since then back in Denmark. 2008-2012 Freelance cross border journalism with teams of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists ICIJ, own initiative teams and filmmakers; developing the growing European activities of

Teaching students of journalism at the University of Roskilde/Denmark 2012-2016 and journalists and students throughout Europe for occasional lectures since 2008.

Fields of interest these years are cross border and collaborative journalism; data; transparency legislation and practice; European affairs and regulation; political economy.

Field of scholarly research interest: (Cross-border) collaborative journalism; non-profit journalism and editorial independence.

Detailed CV

What I’ve been up to recently

In Blog news on July 12, 2017 at 12:30 pm

July 2017: Presented a poster about donor-supported journalism and editorial independence at the pre-ERNOP  seminar of CBS and Carlsberg Academy, Copenhagen. Interesting talks with peers about philanthropy, foundations, society. Notes.

June 2017: Speaking about cross-border data journalism at Berlin Storyhunt seminar of the Open Knowledge Foundation Germany.

June 2017: Participating and speaking at an expert round table on the idea of a European public service platform. Meeting held at the German Bundestag invited by German MEP Jakob von Weizsäcker. Background on the idea in Der Spiegel. I argued to strengthen cross-border collaboration and to strengthen in-depth, independent European journalism.

June 2017: Jacob Mollerup and I organise a mid-career training for Danish journalists via Kaas & Mulvad on the most recent developments in journalism and media in Germany, 5 days in Berlin and Hamburg.

June 2017: Speaking at and moderating panel on crossborder journalism in Europe at the Netzwerk Recherche Conference in Hamburg with Jörg Schmitt from EIC, Elisa Simantke from Investigate Europe, Tabea Grzeczyk from Hostwriter and – last minute – Hans-Martin Tillack from Stern/the MEP project.

May 2017: 7th European Investigative Journalism and Dataharvest Conference! And it keeps growing! Pleasure to be program and overall responsible for this fabulous conference – and thanks to all contributors and participants!

May 2017: Scholarly article considering potential for Europeanisation through crossborder journalism. Assistant author to Annett Heft and Barbara Pfetsch. Peer-reviewed, published in Journalism/Sage Pub.

May 2017: Speaking at the JournalismFundersForum event at the London School of Economics. Good to get started talking about journalism and philanthropy, journalism and foundations.

April 2017: Speaking at the European Press Prize seminar on pan-European cooperation at De Balie in Amsterdam. Must have been hard for the jury to select among the many excellent nominees.

April 2017: Happy (and proud) to see the most recent publication by on European governments’ dependency on monopoly-style software provider – a super important theme about much more than just the spending of our taxes. Investigate Europe is a  crossborder research team I assisted in setting up, and which is now assisted by for admin and practicalities.

April 2017: Speaking about work grants for European journalism at the SKUP 2017 conference in Norway along with Knut Olav Åmås, who presented opportunities via exemplary and inspiring work at Fritt Ord foundation.

March 2017: Lecture about crossborder collaborative journalism to postgrad students if the International Research Journalism course by the Fonds Pascal Decroos at the journalism schools in Tilburg NL / Mechelen BE. Committed and great students!

January 2017: Speaking about searching European data and documents at NODA2017 in Odense/Denmark.

December 2016: Reuters Institute in Oxford held a seminar on investigative and collaborative journalism in Oxford where I had the pleasure to participate. Great colleagues, important considerations. Very interesting to follow how cross-border and other collaborative forms of journalism are picked up by broader groups now: media, journalists and indeed scholars.

November 2016: In Gothenburg/Sweden to teach cross-border collaborative journalism to the first dedicated Master class focusing on investigative/data/cross-border journalism (that I’m aware of in Europe). Pleasure to meet committed and excellent teachers and students!

November 2016: Member of the FUJ-jury finding this year’s nominees and winners of the awards for excellent investigative journalism in Denmark. What a lot of splendid work, long discussions in the jury.

October 2016:
Happy  and proud to have been part of the jury (along with Helena Bengtsson from the Guardian and Nils Mulvad from Kaas & Mulvad)  and to hand over the first Norwegian data journalism award to Nedlasterne – tracing users of child pornography via open channels. Also at Data-SKUP, the Norwegian annual data journalism conference in Oslo speaking about finding European data.

September 2016: Cross-border journalism method taught to the next generation. My practitioner’s contribution article about the work process of cross-border journalism in the Applied Journalism and Media Studies journal on the reading list of Columbia University course.

September 2016: Journalism in crisis? Media in crisis? Europe in a crisis? Speaking about the future of journalism in Europe at the Athens Democracy Forum of the New York Times. With inspiring and visionary colleagues: Mathias Müller von Blumencron of Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Serge Schmemann of the New York Times, Simon Wilson of the BBC and Pavlos Tsimas of Huffington Post and others. Thanks for great organisation by Hostwriter and OikoMedia!! Event summarised in Greek by News 247, event streamed by blodgr. After the event into the city for very optimistic talks with Athens start-up journalism projects.

June 2016: European Investigative Journalism Conference & Dataharvest gathers 300+ journalists, coders and other guests in the charming town of Mechelen/Belgium to do, share and learn about crossborder collaborative journalism. Sum-ups, hand-outs, presentations etc under preparation on the previous editions website, until then see Twitter #EIJC16 or Twitter #dataharvest. Thanks to fab colleagues, speakers and participants for making this conference so special. For networking use the mailinglist. And see you next year May 18th-21st 2017 for the next edition!

May 2016: Article out in the Journal for Applied Journalism and Media Studies Cross-border collaborative journalism: Why journalists and scholars should talk about an emerging method

May 2016: Witnessing in the European Parliament at the hearing of the Budget Control Committe on Protection of the Financial Interests of the European Union: The role of investigative journalism, watchdog NGOs and multimedia. Referring, obviously, to the conclusions and recommendations of our EP-report on Deterrence of Fraud from 2012, authored and coordinated by Margo Smit and co-authored by numerous respected colleagues in the investigative journalism networks.

May 2016: Gothenburg University in Sweden offers a new one year Masters program in investigative journalism with explicit focus on investigative method, data journalism and – interestingly – cross border journalism. Good meeting in the equally new advisory board.

April 2016: #PanamaPapers hitting the news. Interviewed about crossborder journalism by Danish business paper  Børsen and by Norwegian Radio NRK.

April 2016: In Oslo speaking about crossborder journalism at one of the new journalism school courses dedicated to several new methods including crossborder, investigative and data journalism at Høgskolen i Oslo og Akershus by Maria Konow-Lund. The other dedicated course including also crossborder journalism is the forthcoming master in Göteborg.

February 2016: We found an excellent new chairperson for, Sylke Gruhnwald from Switzerland! Happy to announce that we thus conclude the generation change which I chaired from 2013 and until the 22nd of February 2016. Back in 2007 when I was asked to work for and build up European activities, the organisation had a solely Flemish focus and an annual budget of about 1/4 million Euro. In 2016 we have developed a portfolio of European activities such as cross border research grants and the annual European Dataharvest and Investigative Journalism Conference, in 2015 our account is close to one million Euro. With Sylke chairing the board work I’m much looking forward to focus on other tasks in our organisation in the time to come.

January 2016: Draft academic article, to which I contributed, has been accepted for the ICA-conference, working title Transnational Journalism Networks as Drivers of Europeanization.  Very interesting to work on this with Annett Heft, professor Barbara Pfetsch, Freie Universität Berlin

October 2015: Speaking about cross-border collaborative journalism at the Eurovision NewsXchange conference in Berlin on a panel moderated by Tim Large with Elmar Thevessen, deputy editor-in-chief at German public service broadcaster ZDF and with Nicolas Kayser-Bril, CEO of Journalism++ and European Press Prize winner. Fascinating: Where will collaborative journalism go now that big media start embracing it?

October 2015
: Lectures about cross-border collaborative reporting at Freie Universität Berlin (Professor Pfetsch & team) and Københavns Universitet (Professor Trenz) and Roskilde University (lecturer Mads Kjæmsgaard).

October 2015: Speaking and moderating at the Global Investigative Journalism Conference GIJC in Lillehammer, Norway – Cross-border collaborative journalism and moderating excellent colleagues talking about fascinating methods, experiences.

October 2015: Key-note about cross-border journalism in journalism education at A Diversity of Voices – Conference on Global Journalism and Education, Oslo, Norway.

July 2015: Stegreif & Podiumsdiskussion / key-note & panel about international collaborative journalism at annual conference 2015 by German Netzwerk Recherche.

June 2015: Seminar on cross-border collaborative journalism at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism in Oxford.

May 2015: The 5th Dataharvest & European Investigative Journalism Conference held in May, journalists from all over Europe and beyond gather to connect and work together. Find the wrap-ups, presentations and hand-outs.

March-April 2015: Lectures about cross-border journalism at the Danish School of Journalism, the Royal University in Madrid, Columbia Journalism School, Columbia School of International and Public Affairs, Roskilde University.

March-April 2015: Preparing the Dataharvest & European Investigative Journalism Conference.

February 2015: Journalistik over grænser – Håndbog i cross border journalistik: My handbook on cross-border journalism is published in Danish language at publishing house Ajour.

December 2014: Lecture at the annual conference of ARIJ, the Arab Investigative Reporters Network in Amman, Jordan, about cross-border journalism and how to find EU documents and data.

November 2014: Speaking about non-profit journalism at Netzwerk Recherche conference in Berlin. My point: Support from foundations can and should not replace good revenue models, but it can and should be used to develop new methods and potential revenue models.

October 2014: Happy and proud to have contributed with research to this book: Offentlighed i Norden / Access to Information in the Nordic Countries by Oluf Jørgensen published at Nordicom, researcher on European and Nordic practice. Danish / Englishsummary.

May 2014: Proudly present – the Dataharvest+ conference 2014! Including Nordic Journalism Centre’s class on EU journalism.

February 2014: New academic title: Master of Arts (MA) in Journalism / Candidata publicitatis from the University of Southern Denmark SDU, my thesis mentor was Claes de Vreese from SDU/University of Amsterdam.

October 2013: Journalismfund happy to announce new donor and funding for the coming three years.

October 2013: Speaking about cross border reporting at the 7th Global Investigative Journalism Conference in Rio de Janeiro.

October 2013: Leipzig Prize for the Freedom and the Future of the Media awarded for

August 2013: Elected to be the chairwoman for Pascal Decroos. An honour!

July 2013: We win the Leipzig Prize for the Freedom and the Future of the Media

June 2013: Speaking at Medienforum in Germany – suggesting crossborder reporting as a powerful tool to cover Europe.

May 2013: First story out by Investigative Reporting Denmarkon GMOs. By tireless and inspiring Nils Mulvad.

May 2013: Organised the 3rd big Dataharvest Conference #DataHarvest13 for investigative and data journalism in Europe. More than 150 inspiring colleagues, impressive stories, high spirits. If you missed it, read at

March 2013: Cross-border reporting as a journalistic method in my Brown Bag Lunch presentation at Centre for News resarch, RUC at Roskilde University on March 14th 2013.

December 2012: We founded Investigative Reporting Denmark, a new Danish centre for investigative journalism, where we are going to actually carry out stories.

Oktober 2012: Started to teach journalism at the University of Roskilde. Great students, great colleagues. Enriching and inspiring.

Oktober 2012: European Parliament Budget Control Committee publishes our report analysing, whether investigative journalism can help prevent fraud with EU funds, which I co-authored. Main author my precious colleague Margo Smit: Deterrence of fraud with EU-funds through investigative journalism. Including interesting overviews depicting investigative journalism in Europe anno 2012 in annexes.

September 2012: A record number of applications for research grants at Journalists really want to do European and crossborder journalism, it seems. Great.