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16 November 2022

Hello, subscribers! On the occasion of EDJNet's five years birthday, this week we would like to look back and take stock of what the network has become and what milestones it has achieved.

This anniversary is a small achievement we are proud of. It was not to be taken for granted that our experiment would work, nor that the network would grow and take root as it did. It took the contribution of dozens of people, and it was a journey full of lessons and discoveries.

To celebrate the anniversary, we held an in-person meeting last week in Trento, Italy. Around 25 people from 19 media outlets and organizations attended the rendezvous, while others were connected online. It was a very productive meeting: internal network issues were discussed and new ideas for cross-border data-driven investigations were drafted.

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EDJNet in numbers

Crossing borders with data journalism

Five years after its inception in 2017, EDJNet has become a network of 31 media outlets based in 19 different European countries, including all the main EU member states. With its partners it collects, verifies, and analyses data to bring out issues and stories, combining the data with studies, interviews, and fieldwork. EDJNet members currently cover 95% of the total EU population and publish content in 22 different European languages.

The network is regularly working on new stories, all based on data and collaborations across borders. The number of members and partners of the network increases progressively, and the ties are consolidated. The content produced is now taken up and reused hundreds of times a year by a large variety of media outlets across Europe, starting from the major international information channels to local newspapers in some of the remotest corners of the continent.

The work to build a European public sphere remains long and demanding, but it is essential to understand the global challenges that also affect our territories – and to help local communities to express their voices. EDJNet offers its small contribution, in the conviction that an approach based on innovation and collaboration can be replicated in other areas.

More numbers:

  • 123 journalists and editors are directly involved in the network activities, content by 194 different authors (48% females) was published over time.
  • In the past five years, the network produced 624 original articles worth 676,603 words, 22 videos, 5 mini-websites or dashboards.
Read the contribution edited by EDJNet co-founder, OBC Transeuropa >

All our articles can be freely republished or reused. Some are available in Croatian, French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Italian, Spanish, Polish, Portuguese, and Romanian. Interested? Write to us!

Tools and tips

From the European data journalism community

 Webinar  Arena Food & Water Network Session: "The Hunger Profiteers"

Margot Gibbs and Thin Lei Win, from Lighthouse Reports, will take the audience through the outlet’s “Hunger Profiteers” investigations which aims to bring those who are profiting from the global cost-of-living crisis actors to account.
👉 The webinar will take place on Thursday, November 17, 10:00-11:30 CET. More information here.

 Grant  Earth Journalism Network Biodiversity Story Grants 2022

The Earth Journalism Network (EJN) is offering reporting grants up to $5,000 to support the production of in-depth stories that highlight previously untold threats to global biodiversity or explore new conservation-based solutions.
👉 More information here.

 Survey  The State of Data Journalism 2022 launched the second edition of its "The State of Data Journalism" survey. Its purpose is to generate insights about the data journalism community, the tools and technology used, and capture how data journalism is evolving. This year's edition includes a special module on the Russia-Ukraine conflict.
👉 The survey will close on December 31st, 2022. Take the survey here.

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