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Handbook on cross-border journalism

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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 March 8, 2019 at 3:55 am

Journalist, author, lecturer.

2019 – Director of Arena for Journalism in Europe, the organisation behind the the annual EIJC & Dataharvest conference.

Foto: Thomas Tolstrup

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 In Brussels working as EU-correspondent for Danish daily Information, since 2008 back in Denmark.

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.

Teaching students of journalism up to MA-level 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.

Author of the first handbook on crossborder collaborative journalism, published in Danish (2015) and German (2017).

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

Detailed CV

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What I’ve been up to recently

In Blog news on March 8, 2019 at 3:50 am

February 2020: German Alfred-Töpfer-Foundation in its new European Journalism Programme offered a four day seminar for cross-border journalism in a seminar centre near the Baltic Sea. 15 junior and mid-career journalists from all over Europe gathered, because they want to collaborate across borders. And they do that already – I know, because I’m in their shared chat group. They’ll all meet again for Dataharvest – the European Investigative Journalism Conference in May in Mechelen.

February 2020: Gothenburg University is one of the renowned journalism schools in Sweden and offers a one-year Master in investigative, data and cross-border journalism. Had the pleasure to introduce the class in a three day course to cross-border collaborative journalism.

February 2020: Greek Incubator for Media and Development, iMEdD in Athens, celebrated its one-year birthday with a 24 hour mini-conference and party. It was a pleasure to be there for several full-house 1-hour workshops on fundraising for journalism and journalism projects – and for the party, of course!

November 2019: Three days at my old journalism school DMJX in Århus/Denmark! Two days teaching and working with an international class on cross-border collaborative journalism, followed by a presentation during a mini-festival for all students. Pleasure to work with committed students!

October 2019: Key-note at the European Journalism Training Association conference bringing together journalism teachers and lecturers from Europe and Africa at the Brost Institute in Dortmund. Encouraging meetings and talks, and encouraging to know that cross-border collaborative journalism now is on the way to journalism education – and even across continental borders!

October 2019: Brainstorm gathering at German Bosch Foundation called by Richard Weizsäcker Fellow Natalie Nougayrède: Allowing ourselves free thoughts on journalism and media in Europe.

October 2019: Data SKUP conference in Norway, speaking about European data and documents, and handing over the Data SKUP award as part of the jury. Small country, yet scores of impressive and inspiring work: Data journalism seamlessly integrated into the research and publication process.

September 2019: Amazing, critical, inspiring work done to surmount bias! Unbias the News by Hostwriter and Correctiv, edited by Tina Lee from Hostwriter. I read from my chapter in the book and enjoyed thought-provoking presentations and discusstions. Read – for example – the presentation of the GIJN South Africa contact person, Tanya Pampalone, on how the use of English as our lingua franca and working language influences our journalism. And see pictures from the book launch on an old fishing vessel in the harbour of Hambourg.

September 2019: Presenting our paper on cross-border collaborative journalism education in Europe at the Global Investigative Journalism Conference 2019 in Hamburg along with Jenny Wiik from Gothenburg University, our 3rd co-author, Mark Deuze from University of Amsterdam could not be there this time.

September 2019: Input speaker on innovative journalism in Europe at M100 Sanssouci Potsdam. Inspiring and pleasant meetings in the charming Potsdam autumn parks.

August 2019: Regaining the Power of Publication With Collaborative Journalism. ICIJ, the crossborder journalism network I’ve been a member of since 2009, published a Q&A about my book on crossborder collaborative journalism.

July 2019: Lively interest in crossborder collaborative journalism at the Centre for Investigative Journalism’s Summer Conference in London. Crowded rooms for a session on crossborder method (carefully reported by, two panels with projects by Investigate Europe, ICIJ, Investico and in the evening a launch party for my book.

May 2019: The European Investigative Journalism Conference (Dataharvest) held in the charming Flemish town Mechelen in close cooperation with the Thomas More journalism school there. Almost 400 participants from all over Europe. 1 day of master classes and the Dataharvest hack day. 3½ days of hands-on training, sharing, networking, discussing – and countless meetings with precious colleagues in this inspiring journalism community.

May 2019: Celebrating 5-year birthday of Hostwriter, a global network of journalists and key partner organisation of Arena. Hostwriter does fascinating work using the crossborder mindset to address bias in newsrooms and elsewhere.

May 2019: Speaking about crossborder collaborative journalism with Oliver Schröm of Correctiv – the coordinator of two recent large crossborder projects, the CumEx Files and of Grand Theft Europe. At the master class event ahead of the European Press Prize in Warszaw. Networked journalism and the EICJ (Dataharvest) mentioned in the key-note by Natalie Nougayrède.

May 2019: Speaking at the Difference Day – the Brussels Universities’ honouring of the World Press Freedom Day.

April 2019: Lacking words for once! I win the prestigious Carsten Nielsen Prize by the Danish Journalism Association! A group of colleagues had suggested my name, and the prize committee decided to award my work over the years with developing and strengthening crossborder collaborative journalism. After decades of work this is truly warming. But a prize for collaborative journalism never only goes to one person. So a huge thank you to all precious colleagues who worked on developing crossborder collaborative journalism over the years, and to all editors, publishers, funders who believed in this work.

April 2019: Collaborative journalism on the raise! Encouraging overview article about collaborative journalism in Germany and in Europe. In the magazine of the journalism association DJV in my home province of North-Rhine-Westphalia.

April 2019: Meeting scores of good colleagues all ready to talk about journalism at the International Journalism Festival in Perugia. Freezing cold weather but the town as charming as ever. I talked about surmounting bias by practicing crossborder journalism, and I talked about the need to experiment in order to develop new digital tools supporting journalism in our era.

March 2019, the 18th: Routledge just told me: My English language book about crossborder collaborative journalism has been sent to the print shop!

March 2019: Speaking at seminar about Media Literacy in Europe praising the emerging interactive journalism – where journalists interact with citizens – as an excellent opportunity to get to know media.

March 2019: Trying to speak about crossborder, interactive and other new ways of doing journalism at seminar of Danish Parliament. Starting question was difficult though: Why are there not more news about the EU in Danish media? I think there are, plenty, but we do not mark them as such – and thus we do not follow up to the levels, where decisions are made.

February 2019: Highly interesting seminar on public discourse in our times by the Augstein Foundation in Germany in the Hamburg Spiegel building. I moderated a workshop with Márton Gergely form Hungary. Unsettling experiences, he reported.

January 2019: We founded Arena for Journalism in Europe, a non-profit under Dutch law to support crossborder, collaborative journalism in Europe. We want to rethink the European infrastructure for journalism in a networked society.

January 2019: Do algorithms make decisions affecting your life? Or that of your children? We’ve been mapping the use of automated decision making in Europe. On January 29th and 30th it was presented in the European Parliament, at the Privacy Camp 2019 and at a breakfast meeting at the CPDP. This report is the result of a crossborder effort. Over the autumn of 2018 for I had the pleasure of coordinating a group of insightful colleagues from journalism, academia and civil society to compile the report Automating Society – Taking Stock of Automated Decision-Making in the EU.

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