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Introducing the Engaged Journalism in Europe database, a list of community-driven news organisations

Over 100 European news organisations, from Belgium to Ukraine, that will inspire your community engagement work

posted on 19 February 2019

The Engaged Journalism Accelerator's mission, since it kicked off last year, has been to support, connect and inspire engaged journalism practitioners, both in Europe and abroad.

Initially, that wasn't easy. Our initial research found that people leading or working for news organisations that focused on serving a distinct community often weren't aware of the existence organisations like them. In many cases, their frame of reference was narrow and sometimes they didn't even know about similar publishers in the same country or city. This made learning difficult.

That's why we created the Engaged Journalism in Europe Database.

How it came to be

Back in August 2018, project manager Madalina Ciobanu researched and published the first version of a database with 70+ organisations that involve their community – geographical or topical – in one or a combination of five areas: ownership, reporting, distribution, impact or revenue.

This resulting database gave a broad picture of the different ways that emerging publishers in Europe are embedding themselves in their communities and involving those people in their journalism.

We've have had lots of great feedback from people using it since then to shape conference agendas, come up with fresh ideas for articles and features and also get inspiration for their own work. We hope this will continue.

Updated with 30+ organisations

Since it launched last summer, the Accelerator team have come across dozens of news organisations working with their communities in different ways.

We've been overwhelmed by great examples of publishers looking to create sustainable relationships with clear constituencies and we're pleased to update the database to reflect their work.

To keep this database up-to-date, we store some publically available contact information about the news organisations mentioned. You can read more about the EJC's privacy policy here.

Recently added

For the purpose of transparency and to make it easier to see what's new, we'll list the organisations we've added since August 2018 below.

February 2019: Altinget (Denmark), Mediacites (France), Cafébabel (France), Streetpress (France), Le Media (France), Mtisambebi (Georgia), Riffreporter (Germany), EditionF (Germany), Lokalportal (Germany), Merce (Hungary), LSM.tv (Latvia), Irir (Latvia), Reporter.lu (Luxembourg), Maldita (Spain), Journal21 (Switzerland), West Leeds Dispatch (UK), Clydesider (UK), Black Ballad (UK), On Our Radar (UK), New Internationalist (UK), Social Spider (UK) and The Ethical Consumer (UK).

Using the database

The database has been created using Airtable, a powerful cloud-based spreadsheet app with lots of nice visual features (including the coloured tags we're using). You can find out more here.

There are three ways we expect people to use it:

  • Sort - you can filter columns to find news organisations that you're interested in (for example, you might want to look at organisational structures that are non-profit)
  • Search - you can look for a particular organisation that you know is working closely with its community (try Perspective Daily or Republik for starters) or look for specific terms to see where they crop up (for example, 'podcast' or 'Facebook')
  • Scan - you can browse when you have some downtime and see what you find!
  • Bookmark - you may not need it now but it'll come in handy in the future.

Our hope is that the database will give practitioners and organisations interested in engaged journalism a better idea of the publishers across in Europe doing a more participative kind of journalism.

How to get involved

The database is a work-in-progress and we welcome suggestions of news organisations that meaningfully and regularly involve users in the reporting process or who have community engagement at their core.

For any questions, comments, corrections or contributions related to the database, you can reach us on [email protected], or on Twitter @ejcnet.

Our funders

The Accelerator is kindly supported by a €1.7 million fund from News Integrity Initiative and Civil

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Civil is a decentralised marketplace for sustainable journalism that uses blockchain and cryptoeconomics to empower journalists across the world

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News Integrity Initiative

The News Integrity Initiative is a philanthropic fund to foster mutually trusting relationships between journalists and the communities they serve

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