cross-border journalism

What I’ve been up to recently

In Blog news on May 22, 2017 at 12:30 pm

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 Investigate-Europe.eu 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 Journalismfund.eu 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 Journalismfund.eu, 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 Journalismfund.eu 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 Journalismfund.eu 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 Journalismfund.eu

August 2013: Elected to be the chairwoman for Journalismfund.eu/Fonds 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 www.dataharvest.eu.

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 Journalismfund.eu. Journalists really want to do European and crossborder journalism, it seems. Great. July 2012: Journalismfund.eu launches its new website and sends out another call for  proposals. New website is a big step, it’s in Drupal and thus much more fit for further development than the previous content management system. And a new call for proposals from journalists for cross-border European research: Great feeling to almost consider this a routine. Journalismfund.eu is growing up!

May 2012: The Dataharvest Festival 2012. Almost 100 journalists from more than 20 countries met for 3 days in Brussels to share and develop methods and stories. And – of course – to meet and network. Focus on datajournalism, freedom of information as journalistic tool and on researching farmsubsidies. I’m very proud to have brought these three crowds together. Now I believe this will continue. Next Dataharvest Festival scheduled for 9th-11th of May 2013. Stay informed via the Wobbing network.

April 2012: The Datajournalism Handbook is out. In my contribution I describe three case stories of using freedom of information legislation.

April 2012: After 10 years of work on the board of the Danish association for investigative journalism FUJ and four years as chairperson of the international committee, I stepped down on April 17th. Kind, warm and respectful speech by FUJ-chairman Jacob Mollerup. In the future only smaller tasks and European contacts of FUJ.

February 2012: Developing method book about cross-border reporting for publishing house Ajour. Gathering experiences from the first examples, combining with insights from other fields like business, legal negotiation, psychology and sociology. Publication planned later this year.

December 2011: €324.000 for the next two years of work with Journalismfund.eu, Wobbing.eu, Farmsubsidy.org and InvestigativeStories.org. What great news!

December 2011: Journalismfund.eu unveils the first member of its jury: David Leigh, leader of the investigative department at the Guardian. Journalismfund.eu uses an anonymous jury, where members only are unveiled after they stop working. The idea is of course to strengthen credibility, because neither donors nor applicant can influence in the editorial decisions of grantgiving. And jury members are of a professional standing, where they support Journalismfund.eu with their good name. The news were unveiled during a press briefing in Brussels by the Fonds Pascal Decroos, Journalismfund.eu’s parent organisation.

November 2011: Tangible impact of the story on Bluefin Tuna we did last year: The system to control the limits of the fisheries in order to protect the Bluefin Tuna changes from paper ages to digital administration. Read more about the impact we achieved here.

November 2011: For the Global Investigative Journalism Conference in Kiev Nicky Hager and I developed a networking model to help journalists meet colleagues with the same interests and to help first time participants meet some of the experienced conference-goers. We got excellent evaluation – and were asked to take notes of how to do it. Recently we finalised the Conference Networking Cook Book part I. Following episodes will hopefully be written by coming conferences.

November 2011: Proud to present a new cross-border research supported by Journalismfund.eu about arms trade to the Yugoslav wars during the embargo – even before the trilogy of books is finished, the core team wins journalistic praise. Congratulations to the team in Slovenia, Croatia and Bosnia. The teams were supported by Journalismfund.eu and Scoop – in other words: My projects with research grants seem to work.

October 2011: An utterly busy month with the Global Investigative Journalism Conference in Kiev, where Scoop was the organizer. Along with Nicky Hager from New Zealand I organised the networking part. Cook-book for conference networking 1st take will be online soon. Next version to be developed by whoever grabs the idea at their own conference. Evaluations were mostly enthusiastic! See the “Conference Networking Cook Book” on this blog.

September 2011: Another story I’m proud to present was done on a sham marriage scheme luring poor Baltic women into marrying non-EU males living in Ireland – until the men obtained EU residence permit. A legal loophole, that was unveiled by a team supported by Journalismfund. Now new legislation should be on the way in Ireland and Latvia.

May 2011: At this year’s Dataharvest12 we founded the European Datajournalism network. Fabulous and inspiring meeting in Brussels with datajournalists, CAR journalists, wobbers and programmers. Next meeting planned for early May 2012. Infrastructure is on the way, you can already join the mailinglist.

April 2011: Slow journalism is emerging in several countries at a time. In 2011 alone three new slow-journalism magazines were launched: Plot in Norway, Kontext in Germany and Delayed Gratification in the United Kingdom. Three years ago Filter opened in Sweden – and now Filter pays “a fine dividend” to its shareholders. I did a short radio piece on this new development, hear the last 10 minutes of DR P1 dokumentar.

April 2011: Wonderful appraisal of cross-border journalism: Looting the Seas wins two fine American awards. The IRE’s Tom Renner Award and the Overseas Press Club’s Whitman Bassow Award. Danish journalist magazine Journalisten sums up, and Danish Radio uses the research as example when it broadcast about cross-border journalism.

April 2011: The President, the most recent documentary by filmmaker Christoffer Guldbrandsen, has been shown in Denmark as the first country. It was a pleasure to be on Christoffer’s team for this film. His storytelling capacity is enriching and inspiring particularly when he turns to a subject like the European constitution.

March 2011: Relaunched http://www.wobbing.eu/, the website and meeting place for journalists, who use freedom of information acts in Europe. Wobbing Europe is a project I have run for the Belgian Pascal Decroos Fund since 2007.  Since the Winter 2010/11 I have found a great co-editor, Staffan Dahllöf, who is an experienced European journalist.

March 2011: Published an article about networking journalism in Europe in the spring edition of the Nieman Report at Harvard. Two other Danes contributed too and several precious colleagues from Southeastern and Eastern Europe, read more in Danish at Journalisten’s blog.

February 2011: Been interviewed twice by P1 on Danish public Radio DR. Last week about our cross-border research on the black market in Bluefin Tuna. And in November about the current debate among EU ministers on who should enjoy  farmsubsidies in the coming years.

January 2011: Interest for networking journalism is growing – that’s so encouraging! Good start of new year. Now a German magazine interviewed me about networking for the story on the black market in Bluefin Tuna.

December 2010: The EU is still working its way towards public-service journalism. On the 13th of December the European Parliament’s attempt to install public-service research grants was postponed for a year.

November 2010: Global threat, global research: After months of research in a 12 journo team and further weeks and weeks of editing and cross-checking, the global ICIJ research about the black market of bluefin tuna has now been published. Story went out in the BBC, the EUobserver.com and numerous others.

October 2010: The emancipated journalist! A provocative and important thought about journalists’ role in the future, written by a precious colleague, Ides Debruyne. Read about it in English and in Danish.

October 2010: I was asked to join the jury of the Waaris.eu/Where is the EU-project and watched more than 50 videos trying to describe the EU in 60 seconds. The winner will be revealed on the 19th of October during the International Film Festival in Gent. Tell the EU in 60 seconds… quite a task! Some of them were absolutely excellent, so it is possible!

September 2010: Research grants to individual journalists appear to be very fruitful to stimulate quality journalism. I was speaking in Brussels at the 1st anniversary of the Belgian Fonds Pour Le Journalisme, they could show off interesting results. Journalists emancipate themselves and start fundraising for the stories, they think are important. Journalismfund.eu has an overview over such grants.

September 2010: Danish Radio  carries an inspiring weekly program P1 Dokumentar with investigative stories, but also with reports about how investigative stories are done. This week I had the pleasure to contribute with a short report about a story done by German colleagues for Der Spiegel about trade with tissue of deceased human beings – this time from the Ukraine via Germany to the US.

June 2010: Huge interest in research grants from Journalismfund.eu. Good! (But a lot of work).

May 2010: I’ve had some of the most inspring days in Amsterdam! First I attended a conference about the future of journalism organised by Dutch TV’s NPOX and XMediaLab. Though the subjects sounds impossible, it was a bunch of truly inspiring people. After that I attended another, smaller conference, Hackdeoverheid, where programmers, journalists and public officials met to improve the public access to public data. I almost feel like when I was a kid and just learnt to read.

May 2010: It is amazing to see, how c0mparatively easy European journalism can be supported. Take 15-20 competent and committed journalists and programmers from various European countries, lock them up in one room for two days with free internet, coffee, sandwiches, give them a pile of fresh data – and stories will come rolling. Just look at the bottom of this blog.  Our invitation from Farmsubsidy.org resulted in stories about farmsubsidies to the weapon industry (in Germany) or an accordeon club (in Sweden). A young “farmer” age 14 was traced in Sweden, and some rather old “farmers” age 98 and 100 too. In Bulgaria not only the daughter of a minister but als0 his wife appear among beneficiaries. In England a recipient of 0,1 penny caused a £1.700 administrative cost, and in Slovenia various church- and charity organisations got farmsubsidies. The EU will decide about farmsubsidies the coming years. Let’s help the public to an informed debate.

April 2010: Participated in the Global Investigative Journalism Conference in Geneva, where a lot of great journalists from all over the world met. A team of journalists from Moldova, Romania and the Ukraine won the Global Shining Light Award. Interesting for me: They worked with the help of a research grant from Scoop. This is the second time, Scoop-colleagues win the Global Shining. Looks like the grantgiving does help do good journalism.

March 2010: Spoke at a panel of the European Ombudsman in Brussels.

March 2010: Good news about awards and nominations! The Climate Change Lobby, a research where I contributed the European part this past autumn, coordinated by the Center for Public Integrity in Washington, is among the finalists for an IRE Award this year. The Investigative Reporters and Editors Award is among the most prominent awards for investigative journalism in the US. So that’s good news.  More good news is, that another story also is among the finalists, that is the story how the previous Moldovan president’s family got fabulously reach during the time of the regime. That one I am proud of too. The story was done by competent and courageous colleagues from Moldova, Romania and the Ukraine. However the reporters got a research grant from the Danish  Scoop project, of which I am a co-founder and current manager. Apparently it works!

February 2010: Dutch TV RTL asked a simple question to the European Commission: How much did you spend on travelling, representation and gifts. Find the link to the story on www.wobbing.eu – which we, by the way, currently are finetuning, so the site becomes an even better tool for journalists, who want to know more.

January 2010: I followed a class about cultural theory at Århus University. Interesting and highly inspiring for me as journalistic crafts person to get an insight into this example of a debate in the academic world.

January 2010: I have the pleasure to present the first articles, that were done thanks to the support from Journalismfund.eu. An important story about slave labour in today’s Europe. Great to know, that the model with the research grants works! Read the story about the story and my comment on Euobserver.com.

January 2010: Blogging again on EUobserver.com before the hearing of the new European Commisson. About transparency, of course. And to show off the new short film about the work of the farmsubsidy team.

December 2009: Climate is a global subject, so one of the US’ oldest centers for investigative reporting got a global team asking into climate and lobbyism in each their part of the world. See the Center for Public Integrity’s research here.  I did the European stories, and they were quoted amongst other places in Danish daily Information (Coal industry watered down European climate package, You pay your own lobbyists and the front page story EU ministers block for ambitious climate deal).

November 2009: Eurowobbers meeting in Utrecht. 20 of Europe’s most experienced journalists in the field of freedom of information from those countries, where it makes sense to use freedom of information laws to actually get information out, met in the charming and historic Dutch town of Utrecht to exchange experiences. Encouraging! Se more on Wobbing.

November 2009: Nordic Investigative Journalism Conference in Copenhagen. I was asked to talk about cross-border reporting and about freedom of information in the EU. I suggested Danish journalist Tom Heinemann and Norwegian journalist Erling Borgen for the Danish FUJ award – and they won!

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