The European Data Journalism Network (EDJNet) is a network of independent media organisations and data newsrooms producing and promoting data-driven coverage of European topics in several languages. The network brings together journalists, developers and policy experts.
EDJNet was born in 2017 and it is currently made of 28 media outlets based in 14 different EU countries.
What does EDJNet offer to journalists?
What’s in EDJNet for you?
EDJNet works as a hub for transnational journalism, collaboration, and learning
- The content produced is available for free in several languages. It can be syndicated or reused by anyone within and outside the network under a few simple conditions.
- Original tools and curation services are provided to journalists, enabling any newsroom to take advantage of the opportunities offered by data journalism.
- EDJNet's website and social media disseminate members’ content in at least 4 languages, providing additional channels to reach out to new readers.
- A collaborative infrastructure makes it easier for EDJNet members to analyse and explain relevant phenomena affecting European societies.
The network is open for new partners to join; there is no entry fee. All partners agree to EDJNet’s editorial policy and maintain full editorial independence. Interested in finding out more? Check out our membership policy.
Where you can find us
All the contents and tools produced by EDJNet can be accessed in several languages at europeandatajournalism.eu.
There are many channels to stay up-to-date with our work:
What does EDJNet offer to journalists?
1. News contents
EDJNet publishes about 20 new articles per month, as well as a few videos and a few large investigations per year. The range of topics is wide – basically we are interested in any subject concerning European citizens, from EU policies to ongoing social developments, from economic issues to cultural expression.
We believe that it is important to move beyond purely national perspectives in order to understand today’s (and tomorrow’s) reality, so all our articles have a paneuropean, transnational, or comparative dimension. Those analyses often show that European affairs and EU policies do affect your audience's everyday reality, even at the national or local level.
Articles and investigations are data-driven, so the stories are based on factual grounds, transparent sources, and accurate analyses. They often adopt original angles and come with interactive charts and maps. We try to make it as easy as possible to adapt and replicate our contents.
2. Tools & tips
This tool makes it easier for journalists to track and use newly released data. It offers ready-made visualizations of Eurostat data, which are constantly updated. They can be easily adapted. Moreover, the Stats Monitor analyzes the new data in order to spot interesting trends and changes, so as to identify newsworthy material. You can subscribe and receive notifications for the latest updates.
To get a clearer idea of how you can take advantage of this tool, here’s a couple of examples we’ve prepared: [use case 1] [use case 2]
Find out about trending issues, different point of views, and original quotes related to European affairs. Currently, the Quote Finder allows to explore the European Parliament’s twittersphere and create interactive word clouds and other visualisations. By April 2019, it will feature a renewed user interface, and will offer immediate access to a variety of materials by integrating news aggregators and other sources.
A list of the current features of this tool, and an example of how you can take advantage of them: [use case]
As the European Data Portal and the EU Open Data Portal collect more than 800,000 datasets it is quite easy to get lost in them. We have developed an easy-to-use getaway through those data, to make it easier and faster for journalists to find and filter relevant information on the two portals at the same time. Searches can be performed in 7 different languages.
Two examples of how you can take advantage of this tool: [use case 1] [use case 2]
- If you are working on a story on European affairs and you need some assistance with data, you can contact us. We provide journalists with free support and advice on how to gather, analyse, and visualize data, as well as on how to take the most out of EDJNet’s tools.
Useful data - We are building and sharing a growing reviewed collection of useful sources, datasets and data repositories on many different subjects connected to EU affairs.
Our pick - We regularly review and help circulating remarkable instances of data-driven coverage of European affairs by other media, along with useful apps and tools for journalists.
We also curate two Twitter lists of EU correspondents and of European data journalists.
Becoming a member
Member newsrooms are the very centre of EDJNet’s activity. All the contents and tools produced by the network are in fact produced by one or more of its members. Members enjoy full editorial independence and are welcome to use, syndicate, or disseminate contents contents produced by others on all their platforms. Different levels of engagement are envisaged: beside full membership, associate memberships are possible.
A media organisation taking part in EDJNet can:
- receive early information on ongoing investigations and stories by partners
- ask for partners’ collaboration on a story
- ask for free translation of the contents that it would like to reuse
- receive a contribution to co-produce data-driven stories or to adapt existing ones
In return, a media organisation taking part in EDJNet commits to:
- producing a certain number of data-driven articles with an European angle
- helping disseminate EDJNet contents which are suitable for its editorial line
- taking part in EDJNet’s monthly meeting and Slack channels
Thanks to the support provided by the European Commission, membership in the network comes for free, and some financial support can actually be envisaged.
If you’d like to know more about EDJNet, you can get in touch with email@example.com or with the network’s coordinators, Chiara Sighele and Gian Paolo Accardo.
Quote Finder: possible actions
The Quote Finder allows users to explore tweets posted by every MEP on Twitter. Various filters can be applied, and also combined. Below is a list of the main possibilities currently offered by the tool (other functions, sources and options will become available in April 2019):
- Select the date range (last week, last month, last three months, or custom range)
- Select the language in which the tweets are composed
- Search on the basis of a specific hashtag. Hashtags can be chosen from among all those used by MEPs, in order of frequency, or from among those that happen to be trending
- Run a free-text search on tweets, searching for a given word or phrase
- Search the tweets of one or more user-specified MEPs; of one or more political groups; of MEPs representing one or more specific countries
- Choose whether to visualise results as a word cloud or barchart
- Contrast tweets from different European Parliament groups
- Conduct a “sentiment analysis” on tweets in English, highlighting frequently used words with positive or negative connotations
The various options can also be combined.
Quote Finder, use case
Border control, security, crisis, solidarity. And progress, threat, commitment, illegal. These are the terms revolving around the hashtag #migration in tweets posted by MEPs over the last three months. Migration, at this moment in history, is a controversial topic in many European countries, where positions are diverse, and feelings are polarised.
Data Search Engine, use case 2
You’re working on salaries in Europe?
Data Search Engine, use case 1
You’re working on the European elections?
Stats Monitor, use case 1
An example of how Stats Monitor can be used in cases where journalists need data and visualisations relating to a clearly defined topic.
Stats Monitor, use case 2
An example of how Stats Monitor can be used in cases where journalists produce an article prompted by interesting data sent by the tool though its notification service.