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Handbook on cross-border journalism

In Uncategorized on March 25, 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 March 25, 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.

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 Journalismfund.eu, 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 Journalismfund.eu.

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 Farmsubsidy.org 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 March 25, 2021 at 3:50 am

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.

March 2021: Why do cross-border journalism? And what are the obstacles? The cross-border journalism community as gathers at Dataharvest – the European Investigative Journalism Conference is becoming the object of acadamic study! Annett Heft from the Free University Berlin has interviewed “journalism pioneers” – Dataharvest participants and others to study cross-border journalism “from below”. In her article in the highly respected academic journal Journalism Studies, she looks at the why, the how, the advantages and disadvantages of cross-border journalism. A summary is available in German prepared by EJO-editor Tina Bettels-Schwabauer.

February 2021: Find myself in excellent company of co-authors with a chapter in the 3rd edition of Hugo de Burgh and Paul Lashmar’s Investigative Journalism text book by Routledge. My chapter is on journalism in and about The European Union and the rise of collaboration.

February 2021: Trying to make the point that reflection about the journalism we do is an integrated part of the work process in the last chapter of the N-Ost Playbook: The Importance of Following Up.

February 2021: Is foreign reporting in Germany  too superficial? That was the question at the annual gathering of the journalists in North-Rhine-Westphalia/Germany. My argument: We’re in an era of massive change, in media and in journalism. There is a major renewal through #crossborder #collaborative #journalism, and rather than trying to adapt reporting about a given country, journalists now collaborate about topics of shared interest – such as tax evasion, for example.

February 2021: Cross-border journalism experience and inspiration is now being handed over to the next generation! I dearly enjoy accompanying precious and promising students at MIJ/University of Gothenburg and a big thank you to Bastian and Frederik Obermay/ier from Süddeutsche Zeitung for presenting their work with the Panama Papers investigation. Bastian and Frederik kindly agreed to an inspiring talk initiated by students themselves! In great collaboration with Ulla Sätereie and the rest of the MIJ-team.

December 2020: So it’s out – the big #moneytoburn collaboration. It’s the sad tale on how the rush towards green energy fuelled a European market for wood pellets to a level that threatens Estonian forrests. I feel a particular veneration for this team of 16 journalists from 8 newsrooms in 8 countries because I was there from the meeting where they first discussed the story idea and composed the team in February – kindly invited by the Töpfer Foundation. Arena provided a digital working environment to the cross-border team and I had the pleasure of being entrusted a mentoring role to the editorial coordinator, the competent Hazel Sheffield. UPDATE January 2021: Now also published in the Guardian and out there on Twitter where Greta Thunberg commented. Thanks to Hazel for crediting my role as mentor – it was a pleasure.

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