Can data journalism bring about new ways of reporting on European affairs?

It has been two years since the European Data Journalism Network (EDJNet) kicked off. Since then, hundreds of data news and one large collaborative investigation have been published by at least 20 media outlets from 14 countries within the consortium so far. Time has come to take stock of what has been achieved and of what can be improved.

The survey aims to:
- gather information about the practices of newsrooms, data-teams and individual journalists with regard to the use of data techniques in their reporting, in particular when covering European and cross-border issues;
- understand the challenges they face, in terms of type of skills, of tools, of content and formats for reuse or co-production, of strategies for distribution, among other aspects;
- assess to what extent the EDJNet services provide useful tools to make the coverage of European topics easier and more compelling.

By completing this survey, you will help us understand if and how data-driven journalism has the potential to change the way European affairs are reported about. We will make the results public to share what we learn and to feed the ongoing debate on journalism in and for Europe.

The survey is open to all journalists, editors and newsrooms interested in exploring the potential of data journalism to enhance their reporting on any subject concerning European citizens. We would like to collect feedback from our current members, as well as from media professionals and outlets outside the network. Please help spread the word, and notify others via Twitter, if possible. The more data we can collect the better.

The survey consists of 48 questions divided into 6 sections: Skills and team; Working with data; Cross-border collaboration; Ethics; Distribution and Impact; EDJNet. Your responses are anonymous, a few professional details are required for statistical purposes only. We estimate it will take up to 15 minutes to complete. We are very grateful for all the inputs you will give us.

The only thing we ask: if you start to answer the survey, please complete it. If only half of the questions are answered the information cannot be used meaningfully. Also, you cannot save and return to the survey later. So take your time, free your mind and find out what you really need as a journalist working with data on cross-border, European issues.

About the authors
The study is being carried out by OBC Transeuropa, the think tank and online media who coordinates the European Data Journalism Network along with Voxeurop.

The European Data Journalism Network (EDJNet) is an independent network of media outlets and data-journalism agencies producing and promoting data-driven coverage of European affairs in several languages. EDJNet works as a hub for transnational journalism, collaboration, and learning. The network also operates as a multiplier of outreach, by translating all the articles in at least 4 languages and disseminating them through all its channels.

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