cross-border journalism

Handbook on cross-border journalism

In Uncategorized on December 21, 2021 at 4:00 am

Front page

Cross-Border Collaborative Journalism. A Step-By-Step Guide

The Handbook on crossborder 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 the pioneers of crossborder journalism.

The work process of the practitioners is enriched with insigths by scholars of various disciplines of relevance. The book includes numerous examples.

Reviews and quotes:

Earlier versions of the book were published in 2015 in Danish and in 2017 in German:

Grenzüberschreitender Journalismus – Handbuch zum Cross-Border-Journalismus Deutsch

  • Press release for the launch lecture December 2017
  • Review by European Journalism Observatory Januar 2018: “She provides valuable suggestions, how journalists can succeed in collaborating across countries’ borders.”
  • Review by Drehscheibe April 2018: “Why not start by crossing borders also in local journalism?
  • Review by Global Media Journal, August 2018: “Newsrooms who want to look beyond the national realm should invest in this book”.
  • Buy the book at Herbert-von-Halem-Verlag, Cologne

Journalistik over grænser – håndbog i crossborder journalistik

In short

In Uncategorized on December 21, 2021 at 3:55 am

Journalist, author, lecturer:

Director of Arena for Journalism in Europe, the organisation behind the annual Dataharvest – the European Investigative Journalism Conference and Arena Networks.

Lecturer at the University of Gothenburg.

Foto: Thomas Tolstrup

Current fields of interest:

Cross border and collaborative journalism; innovation in journalism; digitalisation of societies; European affairs and regulation; political economy.

Some previous positions:

2008-2018, a support structure for in-depth, innovative and independent journalism in Europe. Initially invited to develop the European activities, later chairperson and managing editor.

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

2004-2008 Four years in Brussels working as EU-correspondent for Danish daily Information.

Co-founder of several European journalism and data journalism projects, including the follow-the-money project – that for the first time in the history of the EU brought to light beneficiaries of the annual billion Euro subsidies to the farming industry,  and the annual European Investigative Journalism & Dataharvest Conference, where some of the most courageous and innovative journalists from all over Europe meet to learn from each other and to collaborate across borders.

Detailed CV

What I’ve been up to recently

In Blog news on December 21, 2021 at 3:50 am

December 2021: Happy and grateful to be mentioned as a mentor for some of the most interesting experiments with innovation of journalism in the field of collaboration and intercultural understanding: Hostwriter and Unbias the News. A companion in the field of crossborder journalism and organisation development, Tabea Grzeszyk and I had and have fabulous talks on how to take the best and merge crossborder collaborative (investigative) journalism with culture studies.

December 2021: Dataharvest has been written into one of the histories of data journalism. Interesting times.

December 2021: Speaking at the European News Media Forum in Brussels on Industrial Innovation.

November 2021: Educating the next generation of journalists is humbling. It’s also enriching – wonderful talks with these young colleagues! And now it’s going to be exciting: We obtained an Erasmus+ grant to develop a genuinely networked journalism education bringing together journalism educations from the University of Gothenburg, Leipzig University, Centre de Formation des Journalists in Paris as well as great academics from the University of Amsterdam and OsloMet. Follow the Crossborder Journalism Campus!

November 2021: Claim and suggestion: The claim is, that collaboration between journalists in different newsrooms is a competence. The suggestion is that collaboration as a competence can be transferred to other fields, where journalists collaborate with non-journalistic groups – be that scientists, public authorities or civil society. Interesting discussion at the SciCAR conference in Dortmund on a panel with probably the longest title I’ve ever spoken about. And realised that translating ‘collaborative journalism’ into German gives a lovely long word: Zusammenarbeitsjournalismus.

November 2021: Some of the graduates from MIJ at University of Gothenburg have started to publish material from their investigative journalism exam projects in June. For example this mini-series of two articles on lobbying ahead of the EU’s AI directive and on the role of Big Tech in EU’s AI ethics group.

October 2021: Out and meeting people again – crucial to set up cross-border collaboration teams and to plan interesting collaborations. Te 2021 cohort of the European Collaborative Journalism Programme by the Alfred-Töpfer-Stiftung went on a retreat by the Baltic Coast. Let’s look forward to interesting stories being prepared!

October 2021: Out and meeting people again – the Data SKUP conference in Oslo by SKUP.

September 2021: Out and meeting people again! In Berlin for various meetings including the 2020-2021 in-person celebration of the European Press Prize, including a meeting with the nominees for the Money To Burn investigation where I had the pleasure to mentor the editorial coordinator during the production. An investigation, that was planned during the 2020 retreat of the European Collaborative Journalism Programme by the Alfred-Töpfer-Stiftung. 

June 2021: The Master Investigative Journalism at the University of Gothenburg offers investigative, data and crossborder journalism. From late August 2020 to June 2021, an international class of 37 students worked hard and did impressive work. For example, they contributed research to this documentary about dodgy adoption practices. Several of them already landed interesting jobs or internships, some of them already published as freelancers in major media. It was a pleasure to work with the MIJ20/21 class, and though I have not met them in person due to covid19-restrictions, I miss them already!

May-June 2021: Dataharvest – the European Investigative Journalism Conference Digital. Over three weeks from mid-May to early June. Very happy to partner with major organisations this year, the European Press Prize and EJTA, the European association of journalism teachers and trainers. Fabulous to work with my precious and super competent colleagues at Arena!

May 2021: Invited to be a member of the advisory board of Re-Check, a Swiss nonprofit organization specialized in investigating and mapping health affairs.

April 2021: An idea has come to live and on April 28th reached a stage to stop and have a look: The idea of building a journalistic network to work with one societally important topic. In 2018, upon the question of an appreciated colleague, I developed the idea to focus on the problem of affordable housing in Europe. To do so, since 2019 Arena worked with the fabulous Jose Miguel Calatayud to develop the Arena Housing Network. We first invited to the Housing Track at the Dataharvest-EIJC in 2019. Jose then developed a variety of useful infrastructure tools for journalists and other experts in the field. And now – along with a team from 15 countries – the first big crossborder investigation was launched: Mapping the power of corporate landlords and how they affect the life of the tenants. The Cities For Rent project published this April builds upon the network that has grown since 2019, it not only brings a wee bit of transparency into this opaque business field, it also shows just how closely connected tenants all over Europe are facing very similar problems caused by the commodification of housing. The Cities For Rent project was mentioned in the podcast by the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung about the housing crisis.

March 2021: Next generation is coming! Two new textbook anthologies on investigative journalism published these days. For the English language Investigative Journalism 3rd Edition edited by Paul Lashmar and Hugo de Burgh I contributed a chapter on covering Europe and collaborative journalism. This book provides experience from practitioners describing trends in investigative journalism in the anglosaxon part of the world and beyond. In Danish language, editors Lene Rimestad and Jannie Møller Hartley offer an overview over Investigative Journalism Methods, structured along the work process from idea to publication. This anthology, too, is written by experienced practitions, and I contributed with a chapter on filing FOI requests in Denmark and the EU and with a chapter on cross-border collaborative journalism.

March 2021: The first Arena/Dataharvest pop-up session: The making of Open Lux, featuring Maxime Vaudano, Maxime Ferrer and Jeremie Baruch from Le Monde, who developed this crossborder, data journalism project. Open Lux unveils not only dodgy tax avoidance practices but also the structures allowing them.