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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
by Zoltán Sipos
Investigating hyperlocal topics that affect everyone in a community is a good way to overcome biases and leave deep divisions behind.
Why should we care about who is responsible for a back country road built on a huge landslip? Is it newsworthy that the mayor of a village of 1,000 inhabitants “forgot” to mention in his wealth declaration that he had hundreds of thousands of euros in revenue from EU-subsidized land cheaply rented from the local council? …
by Jelena Prtoric
They are aiming to strengthen journalism through collaboration, open data, and community-led reporting, and set the news agenda from the ground up. Meet The Bureau Local, a UK-based newsroom that investigates for and with citizens — all while empowering local newsrooms.
In 2017, a team of UK-based journalists set out on a mission to replicate the methodology behind the Panama Papers project, but in one country only. In the world of investigative journalism, the Panama Papers is a reference work. The investigation that originated from a giant leak of more than 11.5 …