One of the Cítrica employees during the newsroom occupation (Photo: Cítrica Magazine)

by Andrea A. Gálvez

Cítrica’s story shows that collaborative news outlets could present an alternative to the precarity some media organizations face and can promote change, debate, and community building.

Anagrams of Subversion

Although they experienced delays in payment previously, the employees of the Argentinian traditional newspaper Critica, did not believe that they would be out of their job from one day to the next. Critica was a for- profit newspaper staffed by about 190 workers. The editorial line was broad, although the front and back covers had a conservative line. The owner, at that time, was Antonio Mata, a Spanish businessman, who…

by Dumitrița Holdiș

In a post-Brexit world, the UK media is still relevant for Europe. This discussion series brings issues brought forward by our Media Influence Matrix reports and asks media experts in our network to reflect on them. The topic explored today is “media self-regulation” and we asked Cristina Lupu, Executive Director of the Center for Independent Journalism (CIJ) in Romania and Marius Dragomir, the Director of the Center for Media, Data and Society (CMDS) to share their thoughts on self-regulation with the UK case as a discussion starting point. Their expertise on the media systems in Romania, Slovakia…

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By Lisa Weinberger

As false and hateful content spreads faster and at a greater scale online than ever before, several countries in Europe have introduced legislation to criminalize disinformation online. Considered a model of such disinformation laws in Europe, Germany’s Network Enforcement Act (NetzDG) was intensely debated by human rights advocates before coming into force in 2018. Soon after its enforcement, the idea travelled to France where a strikingly similar law, commonly referred to as the Avia Law, was adopted only to be struck down by the French Constitutional Council in 2020 due to constitutional concerns. Austria followed suit in…

German non-profit investigative newsroom tackles the absence of reliable and accessible data with the help of its readers.

by Jelena Prtoric

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Do you know who owns the building you live in? Or which companies hold the biggest share of the real estate market in your city? In Germany, where property registries are not public, investigating real estate ownership is complicated.

According to German laws, only individuals with a “legitimate interest” are allowed to consult the property records. Tenants are considered to have a “legitimate interest”, journalists are not. …

Down, but Not Out E6: Hybrid Journalism

The closing episode of the series discusses an increasingly popular funding strategy for small, independent media organizations: hybrid business models — where media outlets combine revenues from various sources as a means of financing their journalistic work. These business models usually involve a mix of small donations or subscriptions from audiences, grants from big donors like foundations, and from selling services or specialized products.

Dumitrita Holdis and Justin Spike talk to Monia ben Hamadi, editor in chief of Inkyfada, a Tunisia-based independent media organization, and Marius Dragomir, director of the Center for Media, Data and Society, to reflect on these questions.

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By Zsuzsa Detrekői

Major digital platforms, such as Facebook and Google, are in a dominant position in several areas. They have a crucial role in controlling what information and opinions reach billions of users and what do not. They have the power to influence public debate, or even decide the result of elections through their hidden algorithms. They have also gained huge economic power from their dominant position in the online advertising market. Additionally, platforms have a gatekeeper function between businesses and consumers for important digital services. No wonder then that platforms have come to the center of regulatory attention…

In this special episode of the Down, but Not Out podcast series, Andrea Gálvez, a journalist based in Argentina, takes over and tells a fantastic story on labor mobilization and Tiempo Argentino’s rebirth as a journalistic cooperative.

On April 24, 2016, Tiempo Argentino published its first edition as a workers’ cooperative. Before this, it was a printed newspaper, managed by a businessman, with a traditional financing model using advertising to support its operations. The money was mostly coming from government sources, but when the Argentine economy went into recession and the government changed, Tiempo Argentino lost its funding and left…

By Zsuzsa Detrekői

Free hyperlinks are the essence of the Internet. They have been with us from the early days of the internet to help spread information. Now hyperlinks are facing a formidable challenge: copyright. Copyright challenges hyperlinks in different ways in the EU and in Australia — and other countries may follow.

Major platforms not only have an important influence on people’s opinion due to their size but also a dominant economic position in advertising all over the world. On the one hand, with their effective and sophisticated advertising solutions based on their users’ data, they draw advertising money…

by Jelena Prtoric

Listening Club Guatemala. Credit André Asturias

Every Monday evening, from 7–9 PM New York time, people meet online to listen to the podcasts together. Mid-April, a group of women in Chile and Peru organized an online listening event around a podcast episode about the Cholita — the indigenous women of Bolivia — climbers. Every Saturday at 10 am, Brazil time, podcast enthusiasts from all over Latin America are invited to join online listening events.

They don’t listen to just any podcasts. …

Can journalism cooperatives and subscription newsletters put power back in the hands of journalists?

In the third episode of our series we explore this question with Maria Bustillos, journalist and co-founder of the Brick House, a collectively-owned journalism cooperative and Walker Bragman, a New York-based journalist, who discusses the advantages of publishing on Substack, a newsletter platform established in 2017 that allows writers to distribute their work to subscribers at tiered subscription rates.

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