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Forever Pollution Project: how to practice “peer-reviewed” journalism

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They're ingredients of Teflon or Scotchgard: per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), aka “forever chemicals”. They don’t degrade in the environment and can be found in every drop of rain, tap water… or blood. The Forever Pollution Project looked into the magnitude of PFAS contamination in Europe with innovative “peer-reviewed” journalism. As well as collecting dozens of studies monitoring data in water and soil, the team created an original dataset containing tens of thousands of presumptive contamination sites across Europe such as military sites, airports, paper mills or textile factories. To build the first ever Map of Forever pollution in Europe, they adapted methodology developed by a team of scientists to locate PFAS contamination in the United States (with their support). The initial five-country team gathered so much knowledge that they shared it with colleagues from other countries with the clear goal to widen the reach of their work, and to impact continuing European public debate. The final product is a work of journalism that led to major national investigations in several European countries. It also provided regional media companies, impacted community members, citizens, researchers and regulators with a transparent tool to work with and deepen the discussions around one of the biggest environmental problems we currently face.

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Catharina Felke

Investigative Reporter, German Public Broadcasting
Catharina Felke works as an investigative reporter at German Public Broadcasting NDR/ARD. She uses open source research, data and freedom of information requests to report on social injustice and technology's effect on society. For NDR/ARD, she has also been involved in various cross-border... Read More →
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Eurydice Bersi

Reporters United / Investigate Europe
I love investigating unaccountable power structures and their impact on people and the environment. Most recently, I took part in the #ForeverPollution project and the #Wasteland, #Untaxed, #SilentDeath, #Derailed investigations. In my previous life, I was a staff writer at the foreign... Read More →
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Stéphane Horel

Journalist, Le Monde
Stéphane Horel works as an investigative journalist for Le Monde. She specializes in corporate lobbying and harm, toxic industries, conflict of interest and scientific disinformation. In early 2023, she supervised the European map of PFAS contamination of the "Forever Pollution Project... Read More →
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Raphaëlle Aubert

Data journalist, Le Monde
I'm a Data Journalist at Le Monde, always keen on learning more about data-driven stories, data analysis, and data-visualization techniques.Bonus point if they're in any way related to maps/GIS or help cover climate change.I've recently worked for the Forever Pollution Project, mostly... Read More →

Saturday June 3, 2023 09:30 - 10:45 CEST