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Saturday, May 21 • 09:30 - 10:45
And what about work? Let's collaborate and investigate labour across borders

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Ukrainian workers fleeing "modern slavery" conditions on British farms. Europe's meat industry becoming a "coronavirus hot spot" in which many workers are migrants from poorer countries. The pandemic helping us realise how essential are “essential workers”, and how Covid has disproportionally affected mobile workers and others working in precarious conditions across Europe. The rise of the so-called gig or platform economy has been both an opportunity to get flexible work and also to be easily exploited, a situation that some national courts are starting to reverse. And now our work is increasingly being managed by algorithms, often with unpleasant results.

Working is how we spend most of our awake time and how many of us define ourselves. Where and how we work has been rapidly changing in the last years -- and in many cases for the worse. Yet, even though EU institutions and regulations affect not only cross-border work but also national labour markets, we can't find much cross-border investigative journalism into labour topics.

It's time that we work on investigating labour topics across borders, and Arena is in the first stages of developing a collaborative network of journalists interested in covering work. Come to this session with ideas and questions about cross-border labour reporting. What are the needs and opportunities? What data can be used, and what data should we work to find?

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Jose Miguel Calatayud

Freelance journalist, project director at Arena for Journalism in Europe
Jose is a freelance journalist based in Berlin since January 2020, and a project pirector at Arena, where he's been managing the Arena Housing Project, an open collaborative network for housing reporters and researchers. He launched and was the coordinator of Cities for Rent, a cross-border investigation into corporate landlords, which is currently nominated to the European Press Prize, was recognised with an honourable mention at the IJ4EU Impact Award 2022 and was nominated to the Sigma Awards for Data Journalism. Before moving to Berlin, Jose was successively based... Read More →

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Adina Florea

Reporter, Libertatea
I have been working as a staff journalist since I was 20, and a student at Bucharest's Faculty of Journalism. In the last 3 years of my career, I focused my efforts on covering stories about labour migration in and from Romania. My first introduction to the labour beat was a story... Read More →
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Adriana Homolová

Proud coordinator of the data skills training 📊, ARENA, Follow The Money, Lost in Europe
Adriana is a freelance data journalist, trainer and public spending nerd. At Dataharvest, she coordinates the data skills training. At other times, she writes scrapers and investigates European Union for Follow The Money's Bureau Brussel and collects data on missing children in migration... Read More →
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Brigitte Alfter

director, Arena for Journalism in Europe
Brigitte Alfter is a senior German-Danish journalist and director for Arena for Journalism in Europe. Having practiced journalism for more than a decade on local, national and European level, she realised the need for cross-border collaborative journalism structures. She develops... Read More →
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Eliisa Matsalu

journalist, Äripäev
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Grzegorz Szymanowski

Reporter, Deutsche Welle

Saturday May 21, 2022 09:30 - 10:45 CEST