Faced with a series of crises that paralyse the Old Continent, Europeans are dismayed. Most know that our lives are affected by developments well beyond our national borders. Most know that globalisation has made us massively dependent on one another and that Europe has never been as integrated as today.
But big changes influenced by forces and decision-makers that people find too distant, create insecurity and breed political distrust. This opens space for populist movements that promise people a return to a simpler world behind national borders.
But today’s world doesn’t stop at national borders. Journalists shouldn’t either. However, facts and analysis of our interdependence are rare issues in European media.
Only networks with members from across Europe are able to collect and decipher this information.
We are such a network.
Coming from France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Norway, Poland, Portugal and Great Britain, we are nine experienced reporters. Our working method is to research issues simultaneously, share all information and report in our respective national media, having crosschecked facts and potential national bias.
Our investigations will deal with key issues related to this changing Europe, such as waste of public money, precarisation of work and European border control. We will identify responsible structures and actors in order to make it possible to hold them accountable. Our first publications are planned for December. Additionally, we will blog regularly on topics of European-wide relevance.
Collaborative cross-border journalism is more necessary than ever to explain a changing world. The success of our project heavily depends on sources, information and support from among the public. We are grateful for such input. Help us Investigate Europe!
About our donors
So far, we are funded by the following foundations:
Hans Böckler Stiftung, Düsseldorf, Germany (125.000 Euro)
Stiftung Hübner und Kennedy, Kassel, Germany* (60.000 Euro)
Fritt Ord, Oslo, Norway (16.500 Euro/150.000 NOK)
Rudolf-Augstein-Stiftung, Hamburg, Germany (10.000 Euro)
Open Society Initiative for Europe, Barcelona, Spain (54.340 Euro/60.000 US-Dollar)
From April 2017 on we also have a private donor
Karde-Marie Wirtz (50.000 Euros)
While these foundations have very different statutes and aims, they all agree with our assessment of the gaps in European reporting. Their support is a statement in favour of our approach to improve this. However, this does not mean our stories are in any way assigned by the donors. The responsibility rests exclusively with us, the journalists.
*unique donation beyond the foundation’s usual policy
About our support structure
Journalismfund.eu is an independent, non-profit organisation based in Zellik, Belgium. Its purpose is to stimulate in-depth cross-border journalism in Europe. However, cross-border investigative journalism does not fit into any traditional business model. Journalismfund.eu makes it possible for journalists to investigate stories thoroughly and independently, by operating as a firewall between donors and journalists. Journalismfund takes care of our accounting and financial audit and remains our official contact point for fundraising, logistical support and communication.
n-ost is a non-governmental media organisation based in Berlin, Germany. It aims to strengthen international reporting by facilitating transnational research, by educating journalists and by bringing media workers together. Its network of over 250 journalists and media activists from all over Europe combine vast knowledge of their respective countries with thematic expertise, journalistic commitment and professionalism. n-ost helps us with accounting and networking.