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The Engaged Journalism Accelerator's mission is to support, connect and inspire engaged journalism practitioners, both in Europe and abroad.
At the start of the programme, that wasn't easy. Our initial research found that people leading or working for news organisations that focused on serving a distinct community often weren't aware of the existence of organisations like theirs. In many cases, their frame of reference was narrow and sometimes they didn't even know about similar publishers in the same country or city. This made learning from one another difficult.
That's why we have created the Engaged Journalism in Europe Database, a regularly updated list of news organisations from across Europe that involve their community – geographical or topical – in one or a combination of five areas: ownership, reporting, distribution, impact or revenue.
Launched in August 2018, the Database now counts 189 news organisations doing community-driven journalism. Our hope is that the database will give practitioners and organisations interested in engaged journalism a better idea of the publishers across Europe doing a more participative kind of journalism.