Cross-Border Collaborative Journalism is a detailed guide to transnational reporting, a cutting-edge journalistic strategy. In the twenty-first century, the most pressing political and social issues, such as financial crises, wealth inequality, migration flows and environmental collapse, transcend national borders. In reaction, journalists are increasingly collaborating across the globe to produce impactful and in-depth reporting. Recent agenda-setting cross-border collaborations include LuxLeaks, Panama Papers and Football Leaks.
Brigitte Alfter takes the reader, step-by-step, through the history of cross-border collaborative journalism and the current working practices behind it. The book draws from the author's own experience, as well as exclusive interviews with other pioneers of cross-border journalism, and notable case studies are integrated throughout.
Managing intercultural communication
Effectively utilising a network of sources
Choosing the initial story idea
Fact-checking for cross-border publication
Adapting the findings to different audiences and to different types of media
Legal and security considerations for a cross-border team.
By providing the essential practical skills for transnational reporting, Cross-Border Collaborative Journalism encourages students of journalism and practitioners to undertake their own collaborative projects. It highlights the importance of this exciting new journalistic form to answering the defining questions of our time.
Brigitte Alfter is an award-winning German-Danish journalist. She has practiced journalism at local, national and European level before setting up European support structures for cross-border journalism. Today she combines journalism practice, journalism networking and academic research.
Preface, Acknowledgements, Part I - Cross-border journalism: context and definition Chapter 1: Why embark on cross-border journalism? History, context and pioneers Chapter 2: What is cross-border journalism? The four characteristics and the seven steps of the work process Part II - The work process from idea to publication and beyond Chapter 3: Follow the story: how to develop and select a cross-border idea Chapter 4: The journalist in the network society and the networking journalist Chapter 5: Intercultural communication: how to make even diverse teams work smoothly Chapter 6: Getting cross-border research started Chapter 7: Pitching the cross-border way Chapter 8: Enriching each other: how to make the best of the research phase in a cross-border team Chapter 9: Adapting the findings to different audiences and to different types of media Chapter 10: Fact-checking for cross-border publication Chapter 11: Opportunities and challenges: legal and security considerations in a cross-border team Chapter 12: The day after publication: the impact question Chapter 13: Understanding and using journalists' networks to proceed to the next project Part III - Overall editorial tasks Chapter 14: Editorial coordination in cross-border teams Chapter 15: Burden or blessing: the finances of cross-border journalism Part IV - The meta-level: studying cross-border journalism Chapter 16: Observing cross-border journalism: the analytical view of scholars, Index