The European Press Prize, created by seven foundations with strong media connections, introduced the short list for its annual Innovation Award this year by noting that all five projects involved collaboration. The selection committee “thought the greatest innovation in journalism was the rapid growth in cross-border investigations between reporters working for different but co-operating newsrooms,” it wrote. The winner was The Migrant Files, launched in August 2013 by a group of European journalists to accurately calculate and report the deaths of emigrants trying to reach refuge in Europe.
Collaborations between newsrooms is garnering more than attention. It is getting awards. Martha Hamilton who wrote the article, is a veteran of newsroom buyouts, but finds evidence journalists are collaborating and recournts the massive investigative effort by more than 150 journalists to look at HSBC.