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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 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 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, 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 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 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

August 2013: Elected to be the chairwoman for 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

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 Journalists really want to do European and crossborder journalism, it seems. Great. Read the rest of this entry »

Interest in cross border journalism sends me on the road

In Blog news on November 9, 2014 at 8:40 am

Speaking about cross border journalism at universities and conferences this autumn brings a lot of travelling. And very interesting discussions. Can a journalistic, methodological approach developed to solve professional challenges contribute also to the scholarly debate? This may be a question for the spring. For now it’s lecturing:

Copenhagen University’s course on Film and Media. Freie Universität Berlin. The International Reporting Course at the Journalism School Thomas More in Mechelen in Belgium.

Also at journalism conferences the method of cross border journalism is presented at in-job-training level, for example at the upcoming Balkan Investigative Network Fellowship meeting in Belgrade.

So in the past ten years we’ve seen the mainstreaming of data journalism in media as well as journalism education and training. Wouldn’t it be great to see the mainstreaming of cross border journalism in the coming years!

Handbook on cross border journalism

In Blog news on July 17, 2014 at 5:26 am

These weeks I’m working over the manuscript for the Danish version of my Handbook on Cross Border Journalism to be published at Forlaget Ajour, specialised in books about Journalism and connected to the Danish School of Journalism.

The target group for the book are journalists and students of journalism. For a more scholarly audience I summarize the method in an article for Journal on Applied Journalism and Media Studies. The aim with this article is not only to present the journalistic methodology of cross border journalism, but also to invite for an interdisciplinary approach to developing it further.

Both article and book are planned for publication this autumn.

Off to Brussels for the Dataharvest conference

In Blog news on May 6, 2014 at 1:38 pm

The Dataharvest+ Conference in Brussels is ready for more than 200 journalists and programmers from the 8th to the 11th of May. Growing again this year!

This is a working conference, where coders and journalists make fresh data available (this year EU-tenders, Farmsubsidy data, European Parliament data and a brand new data catalogue from the EU agencies) – and then cooperate on preparing journalistic stories – not least cross border stories.  We speak about upcoming EU-subjects with the EU-ombudslady Emily O’Reilly and the network of EU-agencies aswell as the officials behind the TED database will be in dialogue with journalists.

The Dataharvest also is an integrated part of my “EU journalism for pioneers” class at Nordic Journalism Centre.



We win the Leipzig Prize for the Freedom and future of the Media

In Blog news on July 16, 2013 at 6:56 am

Working on something as abstract as a European public sphere usually gives people a slightly sleepy expression around the eyes. But hey – now we got an award for doing exactly that!

We – Ides Debruyne and I – win the Leipzig Prize for the Freedom and future of the Media for having founded Journalismfund gives research grants to journalists, who have a story idea and with to do research to follow the story across national borders. Journalismfund then – after a competitive call – can help with the additional costs for travelling, translating and taking time to do good research.

The Media Foundation Leipzig has given this award to impressing journalists and journalist organisations. Previous laureates are Sey Hersh, Anna Politkovskaya, Hans-Martin Tillack, Roberto Saviano, Fabrizio Gatti and Netzwerk Recherche, the German association for investigative journalism. Now we are mentioned alongside these fabulous people.

This year we are laureates alongside Indian Tongam Rina and German Jörg Armbruster and Martin Durm.

Though Ides and I get the award, our thanks go to a lot of other people too. Cross-border reporting in its character is based upon cooperation with others.

Here we have to say thank you to the family of Pascal Decroos and the board of the Journalismfund/Pascal Decroos Foundation, who supported the idea for since 2008.

And we say thank you to’s advisory board with representatives from the investigative journalism communities around Europe and our peer review jury. And we say thank you to all the journalists, who are ready  to do their bright and brave work.

Right now Ides and I enjoy this honour intensely and are grateful to the Leipzig Media Foundation for this encouragement. And the next step we will do our best to further develop the idea of cross-border reporting and support to all the great journalists, who with their comitment and courage are developing quality journalism in Europe these years.

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Suggestion: Crossborder reporting for future EU journalism

In Blog news on June 10, 2013 at 12:57 pm

I was invited to speak at the annual media fair Medienforum in Köln in Germany on June 7th 2013 – on the future of EU journalism: Wege aus der Öffentlichkeitskrise: Europa und die Medien. The moderator noted that there was no question mark at the end of the headline of the debate – so we had to offer solutions!

Suggested crossborder reporting as carried out by ICIJ in the Offshore Leaks stories and as supported by and others and presented at places like the Dataharvest Conference or the Global Investigative Journalism Conference.

Crossborder reporting? Nobody knew. Steueroasen? Of course! In other words, our method is gaining ground. And yes, I do believe that quality journalism is a way out of the crisis. The EU appears to be growing up, now journalism about it has to grow up too. And is well on the way, if I look at all the important stories carried out by grantees.

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Other speakers on the panel were Georgios Pappas, a Greek correspondent in Berlin, Mayte Peters, chairperson at Publixphere, Jörg  Schönenborn, editor-in-chief, WDR, Cologn, Rainer Wieland, vice-president European Parliament, moderated by Knut Pries, Brussels correspondent at Funke Media Group.

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Next Dataharvest planned for May 2014

In Blog news on June 4, 2013 at 7:35 pm

The 2013 Dataharvest Conference for investigative and datajournalism in Europe this year had 156 journalists and programmers from all over Europe participating. Catch up with who was there on the 2013 programme.

If you missed it, read the wrap up and find presentations here.

If you want to stay in touch and keep colleagues posted about your work, join the FB Dataharvest group – that’s the meeting place for the time being.

#DataHarvest14 scheduled for May 9-10 2014 in Brussels. Stay in touch via the FB group or the mailinglist for precise date, program, etc.

And thanks once again to everyone all who participated and contributed!

#Dataharvest13 upcoming! Join us

In Blog news, Projects on March 20, 2013 at 3:18 pm


Want to meet the director of the European Ombudsman (half of the cases there concern transparency) – and want to meet two lawyers, who are among those who win cases for more transparency at the European Court of Justice?

Then come to Brussels to the Dataharvest.

Of course you can also meet investigative journalisms grand old in Europe, David Leigh, investigative editor at the Guardian. He recently got an –  indirect – award for his work: The OECD experts praised his and his colleagues’ work in their big report about tax evasion Adressing Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (page 13).

And then there will be lots of fresh data and good coders to help you make stories out of them. For example the award winning journalist Nils Mulvad @nmulvad (European journalist of the year 2006) will help with fresh Farmsubsidy data, and Friedrich Lindenberg from the Open Knowledge Foundation/Der Spiegel @pudo.

Interested in research in social media? Meet Paul Myers, researcher at the BBC and excellent speaker and trainer @researchclinik. Interested in combining a lot of new research methods? Meet Paul Bradshaw from Birmingham University @paulbradshaw. Meet Per Anders Johansen from Norway, who makes a living on wobbing for excellent stories.

And many, many others! Have a look at the program (as of today – to be updated further).

There will be four tracks:

  • Farmsubsidy – EU spending on agricultural policy @farmsubsidy
  • Crossborder – reporting following the story, not the national borders
  • Wobbing – using freedom of information legislation to get good, original information for journalistic work  @wobbing_europe
  • Data – cooperating with coders to make better journalism

Much looking forward to seeing you there!

The next generation

In Blog news on November 8, 2012 at 10:28 am

I have the honour of passing on our craft to the next generation of journalists as a teacher at Roskilde University.

The Department of Journalism and the Centre for News Research are part of CBIT, the Institute for Communication, Business and Information Technology.

Follow our day-to-day work on Twitter @RUCjournalistik.

Good news today – just to mention an example: All students of RUC have gotten a training-job, which is an integrated part of their studies. However every year there is a panic to get one of the coveted traing-jobs. Congrats!

Money for journalistic research

In Blog news on September 3, 2012 at 7:58 am supports teams of journalists who follow a story across borders. now has its 6th call for application open.

Traffickers from the Ukraine, slave labour from Romania, working in the Czech Republic for a Dutch company? Obvious for journalists to build a team to get the right competences and languages! Or one piece of EU law governing the conditions for citizens in all EU and EEA countries? Again an obvious method to pool research competence and time in a team and then to publish for the various target groups. Or a company acting – possibly in breach of EU law – in several European countries?

This kind of ideas is supported by If you have an obvious idea, have a good team almost ready to start researching, if just you had this bit of extra money and time – do have a look at the latest call for applications and see, whether the rules for applications and the criteria fit your project.