February 22, 2015
Guest blogpost by Wilfried Ruetten, director of the European Journalism Centre, ahead of the News Impact Summit Brussels discussing new tools and approaches to cover the European Union.
It is the business of journalism to generate and distribute relevant information, and its future depends on how well we manage to launch new journalistic products and services.
Networks and their streams of information – or, in other words, data – are more and more shaping our lives. And more and more data are accessible, often online, often free of charge.
Other data sets are hidden, not intended for the public, but still sometimes we get hold of them, and they tell stories too. And there are a lot of tools and technologies available to make use, and sense, of these data sets.
Next Tuesday the European Journalism Centre, with support from Google, will organise a full day conference focusing on “Newsimpact”, and how we can use data for reporting.
We believe that, contrary to the prevailing narrative that sees journalism in deep trouble, there are a lot of opportunities for journalists to do their work differently, and in ways that can create great journalism, allow colleagues to make a bigger impact on their audiences and allow them to make a decent living in the process.
The event builds on the Centre’s previous experience with data journalism, and we have published a major handbook on the subject, have run a MOOC with more than 20.000 participants, and are maintaining a major website dedicated to the topic.
The sessions will focus on how we can use data to tell stories, and how we can use new tool sets available to do a better reporting job with a particular focus on the EU context.
We will look at the opportunities afforded by Twitter, using Twitter both as an ever more important source of news, but also as a distribution platform for reporting and promoting stories.
With Mar Cabra of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, we will take a close look at Luxleaks, and Swissleaks, at how these stories came about, what approaches were used, and how the collaborative efforts necessary to tell these stories have worked out in practice. Moreover we look at data sets available from the European institutions, and how we best proceed to access them, clean them, and make sense of them.
We have invited relevant experts who will speak about their approaches and challenges, and we will have open discussions on how to improve data and tool literacy, and on how to visualize and tell stories using these data. We will also focus on cross country collaborations among journalists from a variety of media outlets and from a number of member states, and will learn from Google what tools and services they make available to journalists to do a better job analyzing and reporting relevant news stories.
The News Impact Summit Brussels is supported by a variety of partners, amongst which are l’Echo/ De Tijd, Storycode, the Association of European Journalists, EurActiv, VVOJ, Journalismfund.eu and the Press Club Brussels Europe.Blogactiv Team