Democracy and participation, Communities

Pan European cooperative media company


Who is behind this?

Teun Gautier

Cooperatie House of Journalism UA


Who is joining forces?

United Kingdom

European Cultural Foundation


We have a large netwerk across Europe

Idea Sketch


Idea pitch

Up to 70% of journalism will be produced by the growing ecosystem of freelance journalists. Centralized and institutional infrastructure, production and distribition is transitioning to a networked structure. It is vital for the future of journalism that we create a vital and sustainable ecosystem for freelancers, on a European scale. De Cooperation Netherlands is a successfullly working prototype. We need help to expand into Europe.

Where will your idea take place?

We seek to set up local operations in all European capitals by linking existig networks to our model

Why does Europe need your idea?

We will create a Pan-European journalistic infrastructure that is networked and owned by the makers. A vital network and cooperation across Europe that offers a sound economic model for independent journalism. Journalism is a vital pilar of Democracy.

What is your impact?

We will have 4.000 members across Europe, 300 webplatforms, a database with 20.000 articles, Pan-European publishing and syndication cooperative projects, a European Matchingfund an freelance journalists across Europe will have a cooperative insurance and support system.

How do you get there?

We have a working and very succesfull operation in Amsterdam. It is designed as an open source model and we are inviting other nationals to join us and become a member. We need help to connect to other journalistic networks across Europe to get connected. We will be actively pursuing that in the coming months. The fascinating approach is that we are using Europe's open borders to create a crossborder cooperative enterprise.

What is your story?

I cry over small children in Aleppo and feel that journalism is one podium with which we can pursue change. It is my life's purpose to re-invent the journalistic model to what I call "Distributed Journalism": decentralized production and distribution and profits that go to makers and not to owners.

Who are you doing it for?

Ultimately for the children in Aleppo and for all of us. Direct audiences and benificiaries are freelance journalists, the media industry and European news consumiing citizens.

What do you need from the Advocate Europe community?

Primarely, I would love to get connected to other cooperatives and freelancers or collectives across Europe.



Idea created on Dec. 8, 2017

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