The European Investigative Journalism Conference

Academic Survey of Cross-Border Journalism – Participate!

Have you worked in a cross-border investigation? If so, help science! Annett Heft from the Weizenbaum Institute at the Freie Universität Berlin asks former participants’ support and experience!

Annett Heft has worked thoroughly on cross-border journalism and does important work, which we can use to better understand our way of doing journalism.

Please assist her by taking the time to answer the survey.

Below Annett Heft’s letter to participants and background on her work and organisation:

Study of Transnational journalism Networks from below

Dear Participants of the European Investigative Journalism Conference & Dataharvest,

The present and future of journalism is shaped by practices of collaboration of various kinds, one of them being cross-border collaboration. We aim to broaden our understanding of cross-border journalistic collaborations and to explore how we can enhance possibilities for networking and cooperation across borders in the future. That is why we are conducting a research project on collaborative undertakings, and we would kindly ask you to participate in our online survey.

We would like to learn about your experiences with cross-border collaboration in general as well as particularly regarding your last intensive collaborative projects, and about your journalistic aims and professional self-conceptions. Our study is for scientific purposes only and is not funded by external institutions or clients. This is the first study of its kind that is particularly interested in the development of cross-border collaboration from ‘below’ beyond large media companies. We would be very grateful if you would partake in the survey, and we will make every effort to ensure that the study’s findings are incorporated into practice in the best possible way.


Dr. Annett Heft


Annett Heft is head of the research group Digitalisation and the Transnational Public Sphere at the Weizenbaum Institute for the Networked Society, Berlin and Research Associate at the Institute for Media and Communication Studies, Freie Universität Berlin.

She is impressed by the remarkable work of journalistic organisations, projects and initiatives that are committed to cross-border journalism. She has been researching factors that promote transnational communication for more than 10 years and she is dedicated to a close collaboration between science and practice in order to advance both in the best possible way.

The Weizenbaum Institute for the Networked Society investigates the current changes in all aspects of society occurring in response to digitalisation. The goals of the institute are to develop a comprehensive understanding of these changes based on rigorous academic analysis and to offer informed strategies to address them at a political, economic and societal level.