Join our monthly engaged journalism community calls

Our Engaged Journalism Accelerator community calls are a space for everyone doing, or interested in doing, a more participative kind of journalism to come together and discuss the topics they care about.

The community calls will take place on the last Thursday of every month at 4pm CEST and take the form of a 45-minute group video call using Zoom. They are themed but will include time for discussion.

The calls are suitable for people who:

  • would like feedback on a new idea they want to experiment with
  • are keen to share learnings or insights from a recent community-focused project
  • want to host a discussion that relates to our monthly topic

You can watch videos of all previous community calls in this folder.

If you would like to be reminded about upcoming community calls, add this calendar (iCal version) to receive notifications shortly before they begin.

To help us understand who is taking part in the community calls, we ask that participants note their name and organisation in the call notes. You can read more about the EJC's privacy policy here.

Upcoming calls

Get reminders for these calls and other resources published by the Accelerator by subscribing to our Google calendar here (iCal link).

Previous community calls

Thursday 31 January 2019 - 4pm Central European Time

Ownership and organisation (Call notes/video recording)

There are many new and innovative ways that organisations are involving the community in different aspects of decision-making, from the stories they cover, to the way they allocate budgets. We hope to showcase some of them and get you thinking about how you can do so yourself.

Thursday 28 February 2019 - 4pm Central European Time

Audience research and analytics (Call notes/video recording)

Using data to understand the needs and behaviours of your community is increasingly important to creating journalism that is both valuable and impactful. We’ll put several organisations in the spotlight and then provide some tips to help your organisation be more data-informed.

Thursday 14 March 2019 - 4pm Central European Time

Crowdfunding (Call notes/video recording)

A number of news organisations, including (Luxembourg), The Correspondent (US) and Tortoise (UK), have used crowdfunding to successfully find members and raise funds for their journalism. Join to find out about the benefits of a crowdfunding campaign and how you can run one yourself from two experts in the field.

Thursday 28 March 2019 - 4pm Central European Summer Time

Funding and revenue streams (Call notes/video recording)

News organisations of all sizes are having to explore new means of funding quality journalism. Events, membership, crowdfunding, consultancy work and donations are just a few of the forms of revenue that have grown in popularity. Come to learn what’s out there and how it could work for your organisation.

Thursday 25 April 2019 - 4pm Central European Summer Time

How do you report stories in a way that is representative and inclusive of your community? (Call notes/video recording)

Reflecting your community and their interests is hugely important if you wish to gain their trust and involve them in your journalism. We look at examples of news organisations that are being more inclusive of class, gender, age, religion, ethnicity and disability — and how you can do the same.

Thursday 06 June 2019 - 4pm Central European Summer Time

What skills do your community need to meaningfully contribute to your reporting? (Call notes/video recording)

More and more newsrooms are running training, workshops and mentoring programmes to empower their audience to challenge traditional narratives and create more diverse and impactful stories. We discuss the benefits of educating your audience on everything from the journalistic process to practical skills such submitting FOI requests and reporting from government meetings.

Thursday 27 June 2019 - 4pm Central European Summer Time

What types of offline events bring about the most impact for you and your community? (Call notes/video recording)

Open newsrooms, live journalism events and hackathons are just some of the ways news organisations are meeting their communities in the flesh. Some are even organising parties and trips away to connect them more meaningfully. We invite several to talk about the formats that have worked best and what they learnt along the way.

Accelerator network members at an event in Madrid in December 2018


How do I take part?

You can participate in the calls by dialing in and listening, or by presenting your project or idea in one of our speaker slots. Email us at [email protected] if you’d like to know more.

If you can’t make the call, you can leave questions or thoughts in our community call notes document beforehand and catch up on the key points afterwards. Each video stream will also be recorded.

What do I get out of it?

The community call is an opportunity for you to:

  • meet like-minded individuals working similar projects in other countries, or tackling similar challenges
  • learn about developments in engaged journalism in Europe and beyond
  • get feedback on what you’re working on
  • practice presenting your project or idea to a new audience

One of the Accelerator’s objectives for 2019 is to create a network of engaged journalism practitioners across Europe so they can work together to create long-term solutions that positively impact journalism and society as a whole. You can read more about our objectives here.

Thanks to OpenNews for the inspiration and assistance in getting these calls up and running. If you have any feedback on the format or content, email the Accelerator at [email protected].

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