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.