Can data journalism bring about new ways of reporting on European affairs? Take part in the EDJNet Survey

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.

Personal details

1. Are you filling this form on behalf of your media organisation or as an individual journalist?
2. Media organisation:

Size of newsroom:

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Skills and team

4. How is data journalism performed in your newsroom?
5. What size is your data team, if there is one?
6. Have you received formal training in one or some of the following knowledge-areas?
7. How are you/is your media using your data skills?
8. Which data skills are you/is your media interested in improving?
9. How do you keep up to date about the development of data journalism?

Working with Data

10. How frequently does your newsroom deal with data?
11. Topics covered with a data-driven approach
12. What is the geographical scale of most of your data-driven stories?
13. Which sources of data do you rely on most often?

Working with Data

14. How do you usually access the data?

Which kind of software do you use more often?

16. Please list your 3 most-used tools:

What are the main hurdles in implementing data journalism?

18. How important is content scalability and how do you benefit from it in your data journalism?

How do you fix problems with data?

Doing cross-border journalism

20. What is your definition of "European affairs"? Choose
21. How frequently does your newsroom cover European affairs?
22. Data-journalism allows your newsrooms to better cover European affairs
23. Why?
24. How often does collaboration arise between your data team and the Europe desk/your EU correspondent?
25. What service(s) would ease collaboration in this domain?

Doing cross-border journalism

26. In your experience, does a collaborative approach among newsrooms work?
27. Which of the following services would foster data journalism in your newsroom?
28. How interested are you in content syndication on European affairs?
29. Which type of content dealing with European affairs would you find more relevant and interesting for you to syndicate?
30. Does your media have syndication agreements with other media/platforms?
31. Which incentives do you think can work best in order to encourage the adaptation of a pan-European story to your local context?
32. Which incentives do you think can work best to encourage cross-border syndication?

Ethics in Data Journalism

33. Do you have a data ethics rule of thumb in your newsroom?
34. Do you always tell the owners of data that you are using their data?
35. Have you ever acquired data through a leak?
36. Has your outlet a GitHub account where you share data, thoughts and methodology?
37. What do you tell your readers about the data?

Distribution and Impact


Please describe your audience


Which tools do you use to engage and grow your audience?


How do you measure your audience?

41. Which metrics do you use?
42. How often do you visit the EDJNet site?
43. Do you get interesting cues to take from it?
44. How helpful is for you to find multilingual material on the EDJNet site?
How helpful are the services provided by Edjnet for your activity? Please rate (1 = not tested yet/useless, 5 = very useful)
45. Stats Monitor - 1 to 5
46. Quote finder - 1 to 5
47. Data Search Engine - 1 to 5
48. Helpdesk - 1 to 5
49. Where is the useful data - 1 to 5
50. Our pick - 1 to 5

EDJNet offer

EDJNet offer


EDJNet publication on Medium offers methodological and background information about the ddj production within the network. How interesting do you find this service, from 1 to 5?

52. Have you subscribed to our Newsletter service?
53. If so, do you get helpful cues from it?
54. Do you follow EDJNet on Twitter, Instagram, Medium?
55. Do you find interesting cues to take from there?