Publication Date: September 2021

The report contains all key findings from 24 independent news organisations across 19 countries that managed to launch membership models, innovative verification tools and new ways of public service journalism.

The research involved fact-checking news outlets from Spain, Croatia, Serbia and Turkey, investigative news outlets in Bulgaria, Hungary and Poland as well as local news outlets in France, Romania and Ireland.

The series also shone a light on the early success of news organisations in Belgium, the UK, Spain and elsewhere that had pivoted to reader revenue.

This report is also meant to collect series of lessons that can be shared in Europe and beyond to help support and sustain the industry when it comes to delivering quality content that connects with readers.

Aspects analyzed in the report are:

• Reimagining existing business models

• Revamped audience engagement strategies

• Rise in public service journalism

• A greater focus on under-reported groups  

Tags: COVID-19 Local media

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