Outriders Studio’s programme Media Garage kicked off with its first session held in Warsaw mid-July this year. Instead of talking about the next great ideas, we spend our first whole session talking about… problems. And here is what we’ve learnt.
The summary of what Outriders Network has been up to this season is out. We recommend the read and are grateful to all the partners, supporters and members for their engagement! We are now ready for Season Two. Stay tuned!
We met with eight participants from five media outlets from Ukraine, Belarus and Moldova for three days workshops to create their organisations tuning plans. Within next weeks they will also start working with mentors from various fields.
Emma Lacey-Bordeaux, a writer and journalist working for CNN, a friend and our community member is one of the great minds behind our Outriders Advisory Board. We haven’t shared it officially yet but Emma has been advising us for a while. We are very grateful for her ongoing support and guidance!
We are pleased to announce that after the application process (written) and in-person meetings with ten selected finalists, we will work with the following organisations in Round 1 of Media Garage: The Ukrainians, Diez, Moldova.org, ShoTam.
Together with participants from Riffreporter (Germany), Outride.rs (Poland), The Washington Post/World Post (United States), Thomson Reuters Foundation (United Kingdom), Czech Radio (Czech Republic) and de Volkskrant, a Dutch daily newspaper we joined an audio workshop in The Białowieża Forest.
Membership Puzzle Project is a research initiative based at New York University. We are joining an amazing group of media organisations from all around the world to develop our email magazine and membership model.
You can now get your tickets for Outriders Stage (formerly Summit). The event due to take place between 21st and 22nd of November will gather 200+ journalists and storytellers and will be opened by Maria Ressa, a Filipino journalist and editor-in-chief of the Rappler portal and one of the Time people of 2018. More info soon.
Jakub Górnicki, Outriders Founder and Reporter, lead a workshop at the sixth Tvapatum media conference in Yerevan held on June 28-29. The focus of the entire event discussed the means and tools for becoming a digital influencer. During the two-day conference organized by the Media Initiatives Center, experts from Armenia, Belarus, Belgium, Georgia, Poland, Russia, the United States, and the United Kingdom explored how media shapes public opinion, the impact it has on its users, and why it creates armies as well as camps of supporters.
Is Molenbeek a breeding ground for terrorists? As part of the “Zones of Fear” project, we are working on another text about so-called no-go zones and areas of sharia. This time we check the information about Molenbeek district in Brussels.
Outriders Network is one of the partners of the European Engagement Accelerator – a project of the European Journalism Center. On June 19th in Berlin, Alicja Peszkowska took part in the Engagement Explained Live event which took place in Berlin. Alicja is one of the 5 ambassadors of the programme along with fellow journalists from Sweden, France, the UK, and the Netherlands. To read more about the event, click on the link below.
The first season of the Wachlarz podcast – “The sounds” – consists of conversations with six guests, one in each episode, who were asked to come to the recording studio with chosen sounds. Sounds are the beginning of the journey in each episode, and they lead us through each story. There is no intro, and there are no musicians. We start the adventure right away. We used a binaural microphone to record our conversations so you can hear us on the headphones as if we were talking right next to you.
Alicja Peszkowska, Outriders Network Director, spoke at the GEN Summit 2019 in Athens. She presented Outriders’ story – “The Luggage” by Rafał Hetman and spoke about the importance of reinventing the language of visual reporting. The session was organised by the Solutions Journalism Network. Other panelists included Kyser Lough, a researcher working on the topic of visual communications and Solutions Journalism, Nina Fasciaux from Solutions Journalism Network, and Santiago Lyon, Director of Editorial Content at Adobe. If you’d like to watch the panel’s recap – click the link below.
Wachlarz is a festival gathering reporters and travellers who meet to talk about the world. This year the theme of the event was “Freedom”. We featured 16 speakers who shared their experience of discovering and exploring various countries.
In Marseilles, we collect materials for the third part of the reportage about so-called areas of sharia and no-go zones in European cities. We talk with inhabitants, activists and local activists about how does the life in Marseille look like.
Our Warsaw meetup devoted to the topic of community engagement was designed as a conversation start-up for Polish new media interested in engaging their communities beyond social media. We have talked about crowdfunding, subscription models, events organizing and strategic communications. Colleagues from Przekrój, Tygodnik Powszechny, Krytyka Polityczna, Non/Fiction, and PISMO showed up. Thank you for coming!
At Lviv Media Forum we have hosted a workshop on storytelling with Insta Stories as well as a session devoted to the topic of interactive storytelling. Our speakers included Rafał Hetman from our team, Eva Lopez from Deutsche Welle and Zhanna Novik from Radio Free Europe. More than 100 people showed up the meetup. Lviv Media Forum remains one of our favorite journalism events. Thank you for having us!
Another meetup we have hosted in May took place at the annual POINT conference on political accountability and new technologies in Sarajevo, BiH. This time we focused on elections coverage and had Verda Uyar from Duruk Payi, Anastasiia Stanko from Hromadske and Jacopo Ottaviani from Code for Africa speaking about different ways in which their work helps citizens stay informed about elections.
Outriders Labs is a new format of ours and a response to a significant interest in learning more about specific new media tools and how journalists can use them effectively. The workshops, organised in the Impact Hub in Zagreb included Marek Miller, a Google News Lab fellow, talking about Fact-checking & verification, Jakub Górnicki – the Outriders founder, sharing our storytelling experiences with Instagram Stories, and Jacopo Ottaviani from Code for Africa explaining different tips and tools for data journalists. Over 60 people showed up.
London is the second city that we visit as part of our “Zones of Fear” project. According to some media and politics, in the capital of Great Britain, there are so-called no-go zones and areas of sharia in which radical Muslims want to implement Sharia law.
Splice Beta is the first event in Asia so broadly bringing journalists and media startups together. We participated in the first edition and also took part in one of the sessions where we talked about Outriders Studio.
photo: Jittrapon Kaicome
Solidarity Fund PL in cooperation with Outriders Studio introduces new media support programme Media Garage addressed to independent media creators in Belarus, Moldova and Ukraine.
We invited members of Outride.rs community to take part in our kick off meeting of “łączymy” platform. We met in Bar Studio in Warsaw to present our initial ideas and gather feedback from people. After three hours we left really pumped with energy.
“(In)dependence” is an interactive story about New Caledonia, its inhabitants and their pursuit for independence, about their life and customs.
Outriders Meetup in Minsk was organised in collaboration with the Press Club in Belarus. The talks included Tina Lee from Hostwriter talking about their work, Hanna Liubakova from Outriders sharing her experiences of reporting on Belarus abroad, and Jakub Górnicki presenting Outriders model of building trans-national collaborations and managing a diverse newsroom.
Outriders Network database of interactive stories is something we have worked on for the past eight months, and are very happy to share it with you now. It is in not finished and it shouldn’t be! Our intention here is that it will continue to evolve. We are going to check and add to it regularly, and we hope you will too. If you have worked on a story that should be featured and isn’t or you simply heard about one – let us know.
We went to the XIV International Journalism Festival in Perugia where we spoke about Solutions & Engagement Journalism, mediascape in Ukraine, journalistic innovations in the CEE and media start-ups struggle all over the world.
EJC published detailed case study of our Outriders Studio activities naming it “ethical content studio”. Something we really like to be honest 🙂
In the capital of Hungary, we gathered to talk about disinformation. Joined by speakers from Italy, Macedonia and Austria we held two workshops, consultations and public event. All together over 110 people took part!
#Łączymy means #Connecting. For us it means two things – set of “listening activities” which we introduce for our community (and not only) which will help us better understand society’s issues, problems and fears. As well as it’s the name of campaign which promotes it all and begins roll out.
Over 100 people joined us for workshops and meetup about cross-border stories in the capitol of Bulgaria. Almost 800 shared interest in all activities!
After producing first part of the project we now go into its cross-border part. We are looking for reporters based in Germany, France, London and Belgium.
Second edition of Outriders Summit will happen on November 21st and 22nd in Warsaw.
Zones of Fear is a reporting project about life of Muslims in Europe. It will combine cross-border collaboration of reporters as well as interactive way of telling the story. The first part happened in Sweden and Rafał Hetman together with Marcin Suder were lead reporters.
Our annual festival will happen on June 15th in Wrocław, Poland. As every year we select a theme and for 2019 it will be “Freedom”. In 2018 it was “Essence”. We are very eager to see how will our speakers tackle this topic and talk about world exploration, storytelling, being journalists, citizens and many others through this angle.
Audioteka is leading European audiobook platform who now enters new markets with original audio stories and podcasts. We were happy to be approached by them to produce together audio version of our weekly magazine – Brief. So now our listeners can enjoy specially made edition each Friday at 8AM and listen through Lecton app. First edition was read by an actor Mariusza Bonaszewski.
Over 150 people took part in our events in Greece. Impactful Stories – was the topic of third meetup organised through Outriders Network. We were joined by speakers and trainers: Blanka Zöldi, Vlad Ursulean and Eva Constantaras. And we partnered with Solomon, Inside Story and Impact Hub Athens.
Wachlarz begins a change into becoming a complete platform for explorers and travellers. First we introduce a podcast done in a very experimental way both in format and form. First season will feature (only) 6 episodes but all are produced at once with 6 great guests. The theme will be centred around… sounds.
An interactive story about the past of Kalisz and the Babinka channel. This is also story about Jewish heritage of the city.
Ewa Dziardziel took part in a unconference hosted by Global Editors Network. Among 20 journalists she shared her knowledge and thoughts on media literacy as well as ideas about tools for journalists to help them fight with disinformation.
Multimedia reportage about a craftsman who spent all his life building and tuning pianos.
An interactive story about historic tenenment buildings in Kalisz and important figures related to the city.
Gorani and Deep Breath are among four shortlisted projects for New Media Writing Prize in category “What’s New in Publishing”
We begin 2019 by publishing interactive list of most important events from 2018.
Jakub Górnici summarised everything what Outriders achieved in 2018, and what it means for such a young organization.
Megaphone is a podcast where Jakub Górnicki talks with a community of activists working on issues such as the environment, women’s rights, LGBTQ right, transparency and accountability, and civic engagement, to understand the consequences of the shrinking civic space. Firsts episodes were recorded during Outriders meet-up in Romania in 2018.
Our designer Arkadiusz Sołdon and coder Piotr Kliks created a new design of Outride.rs to make it look like a magazine.
Jakub Górnicki and Rafał Hetman conducted a workshop on storytelling and how to use it as a tool for building a brand and community engagement.
Jakub Górnicki talked about Outriders business model during discussion panels In Search of a New Business Model and How Do They Innovate?
Four different specialists – Emily Goligoski (Membership Puzzle Project), Sebastian Esser (Krautreporter), Dorota Groyecka (non/fiction) and Katharine Quarmby (investigative journalist) shared their different tactics and stories to build business models based on audience engagement.
Ewa Dziardziel took part in a two-days workshop on how to engage audience members and learned about the different membership systems.
LaunchME Hackathon was organized by the first Belarusian accelerator for technology startups in the media industry, an initiative of Press Club Belarus and SPACE in partnership with the British Embassy in Minsk.
On the second day of Media Management and IT Forum, Jakub Górnicki run workshop on storytelling: Let me tell you a story.
We published the new interactive reportage “The Line” about the war between Russia and Ukraine in the Eastern Ukraine by Piotr Andrusieczko and Marcin Suder.
Rafał Hetman was explaining the idea of solutions journalism and how it can support local communities at Ashoka organised event.
Together with Lviv Media Forum Outriders produced the second edition of Compass in Lviv.
Jakub Gónicki attended Rewrite: The Power of Storytelling 2018 conferance in Bucharest and wrote an article where he shared his thoughts.
Our first official Meetup on the topic “Serve and Engage” where we discussed how to have a relationship with your audience, with a help of our speakers – Madalina Ciobanu (European Journalism Centre), Dimitris Xenakis (InsideStory) as well as Jakub Górnicki.
Jakub Gornicki was a host at Code for All Summit in Bucharest, an event which brings together the key players in civic technology from around the world.
He was nominated for two interactives: Clear Water and The Luggage, and for transforming them into Instastories.
We run workshops on interactive reportage and created three interactive stories based on true events from the history of Kalisz. For four months Rafał Hetman, Jakub Górnicki and Arkadiusz Sołdon have been working on those with 20 students, young journalists, teachers, and activists from Kalisz.
Jakub Górnicki gave a speech about the intersection of journalism and civic tech – two fields which for a long time didn’t go together, and how solutions journalism can connect those two.
Tina Rosenberg a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist (Solutions Journalism Network) introduced the concept of solutions journalism during the workshop we have organized with Ashoka CEE.
The Luggage is a feature telling about cities and countries, which facing huge tourist traffic, have decided to take steps to limit and regulate the inflow of visitors. Rafał Hetman creates this story on the principles of solutions journalism.
The first edition of Outriders Summit an international conference organized by journalists for journalists under the theme: “Stories first”. It was a whole day fulfilled by inspiring speeches of 23 journalists from all over the world.
Proudly we got to this point and after hard work on Outriders Summit, we finally had a moment to celebrate Outriders first anniversary.
A day before Outriders Summit we have officially launched Outriders Network, which aim is to support good journalism.
Outriders were one of the partners of Digital Cultures – a conference which serves as an international platform for meetings between Polish artists and international culture managers, organized by Adam Mickiewicz Insitute.
Nobody wants to fund culture? Nonsense! – Jakub Górnicki run a workshop about different financing models and knock down stereotypes around them with invited guests.
Jakub Górnicki was moderating discusson between Robert Brestan from HlidaciPes, and Boróka Parászka from 168ora.hu.
Lola García-Ajofrín, a Spanish reporter living in Shanghai started writing regular articles about living in China.
Thanks to EJC we took part in another JFF gathering and joined the discussion about challenges in setting up and running non-profit newsroom.
After long process of defining outride.rs mission, vision, goals and editorial process we started a process of designing the new website which will embody what we want to accomplish with our platform.
Fifth edition of Wachlarz festival was organised under theme “Essence”. We wanted to go back to roots of exploration and travelling. Think what are the reasons for it in current world where everything seems to be found and understood yet more and more people travels and migrates. We asked 16 speakers to tackle this topic and thrown a whole day of stories in a beautiful Wrocław Opera House.
This time we worked on community engagement enhancements for our Outriders Brief newsletter.
Journalism Funders Forum is a project by European Journalism Centre which connects funders and media organisation. We were eager to share our thoughts on what challenges journalism startups and what funders could do to adapt to changing environment in which we operate in.
We begin every year of outride.rs by publishing a list of events which shaped the previous year. We do this in interactive form allowing readers to browse through and discover by themselves political and society events, what changed in science, sports all around the world.
Main goal of Dispatches is to provide regular updates from selected regions and countries worldwide. At the same time give also extra context to allow readers to fully understand information we share. New design allows better access to contextual notes which are key component of dispatches.
During the first edition of Digital Stories Lab organised by Total Immersion foundation we had a pleasure background information about how we work on various interactive stories of ours to an international group of participants.
At the event organised by ODIHR a branch of OSCE we did two things. One – presented our way of thinking behind telling stories and then conducted a workshop for human rights defenders from participants from Europe, South Caucasus and Central Asia.