Collectif data+local

Category: Best data-driven reporting (small and large newsrooms)

Country/area: France

Organisation: La Montagne, Le Parisien, Ouest France, Le Progres, Le Telegramme, La voix du Nord, Sud Ouest

Organisation size: Big

Publication date: 30/07/2019

Credit: Cedric Motte (La Montagne), Frédéric Sallet (Sud Ouest)

Project description:


I’m not sure about the category or even about the fact that I can entry the Sigma Awards, but here is the story.

We, at La Montagne, have created a consortium of data journalists from more than 20 newsroom of local dailies in France : La Montagne, Sud Ouest, Le Parisien, Le Telegramme, Ouest France, La Voix du Nord… 

Impact reached:

. january 2018, first story about parking fines. We have collected pricing decisions for each town and created a shared spreadsheet to be able for each newsroom to compare the prices for each town of France.

–> the ministry of transportation ask us if we could give them our spreadsheet… 

. winter 2019-2020 : we began a huge investigation in november wich as made the front pages of more than 10 dailies newspaper about transparency into the public medical system. 

–> since this investigation several hospitals have created a deontology comittee, several doctors who haven’t declared the right amount received from pharmaticals have resigned… 

Techniques/technologies used:

More than 30 data journalists are working together for these stories.

We’re using two tools : slack for the conversation / organisation and Google Docs for shared docs. 

What was the hardest part of this project?

This is a unique collaboration effort : there is no other group like that in France (in Europe ?) that put all the “old” newspapers into a common work. 

What can others learn from this project?

Working together is a major way to have an impact.

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