EIJC/Dataharvest Becomes Independent

One of the leading investigative journalism events -- the European Investigative Journalism Conference (aka Dataharvest) -- is going independent, breaking off from its long-time parent organization, GIJN-member Journalismfund.eu. The decision of the Journalismfund board will allow the fund "to focus more on its core activities, in particular acting as an intermediary body to fund independent, high value, cross-border journalism," according to a September 18 press release. At the same time, the move will free up the EIJC to expand its growing conference, which this year drew a record 470 participants from 52 countries. Said Journalismfund Managing Director Ides Debruyne: “The seed has been planted. Now it’s time to harvest.“

Source: Journalismfund.eu

Posted on: September 18, 2018

GDPR Effect: Hundreds of US News Sites Unavailable in Europe

Websites had two years to get ready for the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) but rather than comply, about a third of the 100 largest US newspapers have instead chosen to block European visitors to their sites. The GDPR -- which requires websites to obtain consent from users before collecting personal information, explain what data are being collected and why and delete a user’s information if requested -- took effect May 25. Digital properties such as those operated by Tronc, Lee Enterprises and GateHouse Media are unavailable in Europe. Violating the GDPR can draw a hefty fine -- as much as 4 percent of a company’s annual revenue.

Source: Nieman Lab

Posted on: August 15, 2018

Level of Press Attacks Now “Unprecedented”

The level of attacks faced by journalists is “unprecedented” around the world, according to a new report by Index on Censorship. The attacks are combined with growing hostility to the news media, says the report, which focuses on a series of crackdowns in Europe. The worrisome climate has made 2016 one of the most dangerous times to be a journalist, according to data compiled by the organization.

Source: The Guardian

Posted on: November 29, 2016