13 Oct 2017
Press release: Publish.org launches European Union peer review journalism project
The online peer review journalism platform Publish.org has launched a project to explore issues around the European Union using a new and innovative open community newsroom.
Journalists are being invited to pitch pieces of original journalism which will disclose new insights into how change happens - or could happen - in the European Union.
Editor Sarah Hartley said the initiative was open to journalists working in the EU and beyond.
"From a UK perspective, the coverage of the EU has become moribund and obsessed with Brexit. We hope that by opening up this space to writers from across Europe and elsewhere, we’ll get to see a different, more vibrant and enlightening view on the institution as well as scrutiny of its impact on citizens."
Publish.org has been operating in a beta phase with invited members for several months now. This project marks the first major step towards the organisation’s goal of opening up the journalistic process and helping to restore public trust in news production.
CEO Matt McAlister said: "People talk about editorial transparency, but what does that mean? We think it’s about putting peer review at the heart of how stories get produced, inviting a community into the journalism process itself. This EU project will be a great demonstration of that."
Stories put forward for consideration of publication will be peer reviewed by the editor of The New European newspaper Matt Kelly and Professor in Journalism, Groningen University, owner of Media52 Bart Brouwers along with the Publish.org editorial board and members of the online community at the platform.
Can you contribute to public understanding of how the EU has changed to be in its current form and how it might develop in the future? Maybe you could expose the way global histories and individual personalities give the EU its current shape? Or interview visionary politicians or community leaders with bold ideas for the change that’s necessary to tackle pressing issues on an international scale?
Journalists: Please read the full commissioning brief here and join Publish.org to submit your pitch to this project.
Publish.org is a non-profit for quality open journalism. It is a Community Interest Company based in the UK. The team is building the platform to foster a global community of people committed to supporting and creating great journalism together. To make a donation visit https://publish.org/donate.
Notes to editors:
- Please contact email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Follow the project @PublishOrg or the Facebook page.
- Further information about Publish.org is available at the blog: https://publish.org/blog.