The EIJC & Dataharvest Conference becomes an independent organisation

On 10 September 2018, the board of Journalisfund.eu has decided to make The European Investigative Journalism Conference (EIJC) & Dataharvest a stand-alone venture in its own right, fully independent from Journalismfund.eu. With this decision Journalismfund.eu will also be able to focus more on its core activities, in particular acting as intermediary body to fund independent, high value (cross-border) journalism, for example through work grants.

The EIJC & Dataharvest Conference, which is one of the most relevant networking events for investigative and data journalists in Europe, has enjoyed growing success over the recent years. This resulted in a swift growth in a short span of time. The 8th edition of the conference, held in May 2018 in Mechelen, near Brussels, hosted 470 participants from 52 countries, almost 90 up from the preceding year. Keeping in mind this successful evolution, the board of Journalismfund.eu is fully convinced that the conference is viable by itself now and has reached a level where it can map out its own path as an independent organisation.

Brigitte Alfter will be in charge of this process and will take the lead in setting up the new structure. This also means that she will end her longstanding work for Journalismfund.eu by the end of 2018. The members of the board of Journalismfund.eu want to thank Brigitte for all the good work done for Journalismfund.eu and wish The EIJC & Dataharvest Conference the very best for its further development.

The seed has been planted. Now it’s time to harvest“, says Ides Debruyne, managing director of Journalismfund.eu. “We are confident that the conference will continue to grow and prosper and will remain a place where investigative journalists from Europe and all over the world will meet and develop inspiring ideas for in-depth journalism.

Brigitte Alfter:

See you at the Dataharvest’ journalists in the cross-border journalism community say to each other. The Dataharvest has grown to become the yearly meeting-place for the European journalism community.

On behalf of this community I thank Journalismfund.eu for having incubated the conference now for eight years. The Dataharvest is unique because it is a working conference, where cross-border journalism projects are born.

The new initiative will continue to provide an open forum for journalists from all over Europe. A forum for journalists to participate and then return to their newsroom with fresh inspiration, newly acquired skills, material for new stories and excellent new contacts. We will continue to provide a space where old networks meet and new networks happen.

In short the new initiative will strive to provide a living and very open infrastructure for collaborative journalism in Europe. So: See you at the Dataharvest!”

More info about Journalismfund.eu: www.journalismfund.eu

Contact Ides Debruyne: ides.debruyne@journalismfund.eu – +32 2 705 59 19

 

More info about The EIJC & Dataharvest Conference: www.dataharvest.eu

Contact Brigitte Alfter: brigitte@alfter.dk – +45 40 82 21 68