An introduction to Reporters United
Reporters United is a network of reporters aiming to support investigative journalism in Greece, collaborate in cross-border projects with journalists and news outlets from around the world, and -- when necessary -- publish on its own platform the stories that struggle to find their place in the Greek press.
Reporters United is a non-profit organisation (Civil Non-Profit Company – AMKE) with offices in the Romantso incubator in the centre of Athens. Reporters United has the following objectives:
- To promote bold, independent investigative journalism through concrete and practical steps such as the setup of a platform for safe whistleblowing and the systematic filing of FOI (Freedom of Information) requests.
- To offer services and tools to assist the work of journalists in Greece, such as digital security workshops and — eventually — a desperately needed structure for pro bono legal support.
- To facilitate collaboration between journalists in Greece and their counterparts abroad, and participate in cross-border investigative journalism projects, including through European networks such as Investigate Europe and working with partners of the European Investigations Collaboration (EIC) network.
- To develop into a hub bringing together journalists, developers, legal experts, technologists and individuals from other fields which are shaping contemporary journalism — what the Logan Symposium of the Centre for Investigative Journalism (in which Reporters United participated) has called Collective Intelligence .
- To provide a physical meeting point at the Romantso incubator in the centre of Athens, where we organise regular meetings between journalists, workshops and public events curated by journalists of the network.
- To produce and publish investigative journalism in Greece and around the world, where possible in partnerships with international media outlets.
- To publish on its own internet channels, in Greek and English,
stories which struggle to find their place in other Greek media outlets.
- To support, via its collaboration with its partners and experts from other fields, journalistic methods and practices which are still relatively unknown in Greece, e.g. a platform for whistleblowers with the Open Technologies Alliance (evangelists of open data and the open source culture in Greece), FOI requests with Vouliwatch (pioneers in filing FOI requests in Greece), the introduction of the concept of algorithmic accountability in partnership with Algorithm Watch.
- To connect, support and collaborate with journalists active outside Athens, in the (often problematic) field of local journalism in Greece.
- To restore a relationship of trust with the public based on practices which ensure transparency and independence: disclosure of our sources of funding, binding rules regarding our funding (no funding from the state or political parties, from corporations or from foundations which have a dominant position in the country’s public life), and disclosure of conflicts of interest for the journalists of the network.
- To engage the reporters of this network in the decision-making process of Reporters United and to establish a prototype of a fair sharing revenue model.
- To experiment with new models of creating and disseminating journalistic content with the aim of financial sustainability (e.g. membership model, agency model, syndication, etc.).
- To develop partnerships with organisations which are not primarily journalistic in nature, such as Open Technologies Alliance, Vouliwatch and HomoDigitalis in Greece, Arena For Journalism, Centre for Investigative Journalism, Whistleblowing International Network outside Greece.