Join us for four days of inspiration, learning and networking!
Back To Schedule
Saturday, May 21 • 09:30 - 10:45
And what about work? Let's collaborate and investigate labour across borders

Sign up or log in to save this to your schedule, view media, leave feedback and see who's attending!

Feedback form is now closed.
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?

avatar for Jose Miguel Calatayud

Jose Miguel Calatayud

Freelance journalist and writer
I am a freelance journalist and writer based in Berlin, focusing on feature writing and investigative journalism, mainly about Europe. I am now working on a series of articles on how corporations act very strategically to achieve political influence in the EU. And until mid-2024... Read More →

avatar for Adina Florea

Adina Florea

Freelance Journalist
I have been working as a journalist since 2015, with a focus on labour and migration, breaking stories on abusive working conditions faced by Romanian workers in the Netherlands, as well as by those who come to replace them back in Romania. Currently, I'm a freelancer moving from... Read More →
avatar for Adriana Homolová

Adriana Homolová

ARENA / Follow The Money, Netherlands / Slovakia
Adriana is a freelance data journalist, trainer and public spending nerd. She coordinates the data skills training track on the Dataharvest conference and investigates the European Union for Follow The Money Bureau Brussel.
avatar for Brigitte Alfter

Brigitte Alfter

Director, Arena for Journalism in Europe
Brigitte Alfter ist eine deutsch-dänische Journalistin, Geschäftsführerin für Redaktionelles bei Arena for Journalism in Europe und Dozentin Journalismus an der Universität Göteborg. Nach Jahren als Journalistin auf fallen Niveaus vom Lokaljournalismus bis zur EU-Korrespondentin... Read More →
avatar for Eliisa Matsalu

Eliisa Matsalu

journalist, Äripäev
avatar for Grzegorz Szymanowski

Grzegorz Szymanowski

Reporter, Deutsche Welle

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