Over the past several months, the Center for Cooperative Media has been collecting, organizing and standardizing information about dozens and dozens of collaborative journalism projects around the world. Our goal was to build a database that could serve as a hub of information about collaborative journalism, something that would be useful to journalists, scholars, media executives, funders and others seeking information on the how such projects work, who’s doing them and what they’re covering.
We worked with Melody Kramer to build the first iteration of the database, which you can find below. It is a work in progress, and you’ll see that it’s still incomplete as we continue to add to it. So far for this soft launch, we’ve input information on 94 news collaborations between more than 800 organizations and 151 people.
But this is just the beginning. We need your help.
Is your project listed? If not, tell us about it. Is the information about your project incorrect? Let us know; email Melody at email@example.com. Are there fields missing you’d like to see us add, or other ways to sort that you think would be useful? Email the Center at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’re using Airtable right now, but are still considering what the best way will be to display the treasure trove of data we’re collecting.
Some notes on navigating the database: First, it’s easier to see the whole picture on desktop than on mobile, although both work well. To see the full record for any particular project, click on the little blue arrow that appears to the left of the project name when you hover over it. You can sort by column as well.
Do you get our biweekly newsletter about collaborative journalism? If not, sign up here!
Want to connect with other people interested in collaborative journalism? Click here to join our collaborative news Slack team!
If you have any questions, please email email@example.com.
About the Center for Cooperative Media: The Center is a grant-funded program of the School of Communication and Media at Montclair State University. The Center is supported with funding from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation and Democracy Fund. Its mission is to grow and strengthen local journalism, and in doing so serve New Jersey residents. For more information, visit CenterforCooperativeMedia.org.