During the 10th international Journalism Festival, held between April 6th and 10th in Perugia, Italy, a group of four journalists got together to design and present the first manifest that will present the ethical guidelines that will illuminate this activity throughout the continent.
The initiative promoters are Anne-Lise Bouyer, from Journalism++; Daniele Grasso, El Confidencial; Sylke Gruhnwald, SRF Data and Jacopo Ottaviani, freelance. All of them have developed international journalistic projects that focus on the use of data and collaboration between partners in multiple countries.
“We believe that measuring change, and thereby tracking progress, should not be left only to the rich and powerful. Data journalism provides a much needed counterweight. Data journalism allows measuring reality and transmit the results the public opinion through the production of stories and investigations”, explained the promoters in an official communication.
“Having a European data journalism manifesto will help us work together by setting guidelines, fostering good practices and list our common values. This manifesto is a first step in defining and measuring the quality of data journalism projects and laying the foundations of a European data journalism framework”, they added.
The manifesto is still a draft, but its principles lie in the use of a good methodology, data maintenance, collaboration and openness of information.
Get to know the manifest here.