cross-border journalism

Books, chapters, contributions


Chapter The European Union and the rise of collaboration in the 3rd Edition of Routledge’s Investigative Journalism edited by Hugo de Burgh and Paul Lashmar.

Chapters on Freedom of Information requests in Denmark and the EU and on cross-border collaborative journalism, in text book about investigative journalism Den undersøgende journalistiks Metoder, edited by Lene Rimestad and Jannie Møller Hartley.

Chapter The Importance of Follow Up on professional discourse as an integrated element of the journalistic work process in the N-Ost Playbook.


Automating Society report 2020 by, chapter on automated decision making in Denmark.


Taking stock of journalism education in times of cross-border collaboration, conference paper presented at the Global Investigative Journalism Conference 2019 in Hamburg. Co-authored with Jenny Wiik from the University of Gothenburg and Mark Deuze from the University of Amsterdam.

Cross-border Collaborative Journalism: A Step-By-Step Guide. Routledge (author).

Special Issue Cross-border Journalism of the Journal for Applied Journalism and Media Studies, Vol. 8, Number 2, ISSN 2001-0818 (Print) , (co-editor). (Introduction chapter as sent to publisher).

Comment: The Power of Publication: Rethinking the European infrastructure for journalism in a networked society — or why we set up an open Arena for Journalism in Europe

Automating Society: Taking Stock of Automated Decision Making in Europe, report by German NGO Algorithmwatch, editorial coordinator of a European network of journalists and academics contributing to the report.


Comment: The new journalism manifesto – or why we brought together local journalist to attain critical mass of citizens’ voices

New Method, New Skill, New Position? Editorial Coordinators in Cross-Border Collaborative Teams practice oriented chapter in Global teamwork: The Rise of Collaboration in Investigative Journalism, edited by Richard Sambrook, Reuters’ Institute Oxford 2018.

Crossborder journalism – method / mindset. A booklet by Tabea Grzeszyk of Hostwriter (cultural sciences aproach on crossborder mindset) and myself (investigative journalism practice approach on crossborder method)


Grenzüberschreitender Journalismus – Handbuch zum Cross-Border-Journalismus (in German),  Herbert-von-Halem-Verlag, Cologne December 2017.

Heft, Annett; Alfter, Brigitte & Pfetsch, Barbara (2017). Transnational Journalism Networks as Drivers of Europeanization, peer-reviewed and published in Journalism, Sage journals.


Alfter, Brigitte. (2016). Cross-border collaborative journalism: Why journalists and scholars should talk about an emerging method’, (as submitted to to publisher) peer-reviewed and published in Journal of Applied Journalism & Media Studies 5: 2, pp. 297–311, doi: 10.1386/ajms.5.2.297_1 Journal of Applied Journalism and Media Studies.


Handbook on cross-border journalism, 2015 at Forlaget Ajour (in Danish). Website to the book with references, literature.


Offentlighed i Norden / Access to Information in the Nordic Countries by Oluf Jørgensen published at Nordicom, ISBN: 978-91-86523-98-5, researcher on European and Nordic practice. Danish / English summary.


Deterrence of fraud with EU funds through investigative journalism, co-author of study commissioned by the Eurepean Parliament Budgetary Control Committe, published October 2012, ISBN 978-92-823-3834-6, main author and editor Margo Smit.

Wobbing Works. Use it! Chapter with three case studies using European freedom of information legislation as journalistic tool / In Data Journalism Handbook, numerous contributors, compilation of articles by the Open Knowledge Foundation, the European Journalism Centre and O’Reilly Media. Print ISBN:978-1-4493-3006-4


Nieman Reports at Harvard University dedicate their spring issue to cross-border collaborative journalism, Shattering Barriers to Reveal Corruption. I contributed with an article about cross-border journalism in Europe.


Cash cow – digging the dirt on farm subsidies / With Nils Mulvad, Jack Thurston, chapter in Bursting the Brussels Bubble, Alter EU. ISBN/EAN: 978-90-9025327-5, page 169-176


Slipping through the net / How EU countries evade new budget transparency rules,  report on behalf of


Das Beispiel Orkla Medien, Norwegen und Osteuropa / Chapter in Leitbild Unabhängigkeit – Zur Sicherung publizistischer Verantwortung, ed. Michael Haller, Freimut Duve, ISBN 978-3-89669-460-7, UVK/OSCE Wien 2005

Journalistic articles 1995-2012

Journalist and Brussels correspondent at Danish daily Information,  2004-2009

Various articles (newspaper and magazine) as registered at the Library Services

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