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Friday, May 17 • 14:45 - 16:00
Every breath you take: reporting on air quality and pollution

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While air pollution in European cities and towns continues to exceed EU and WHO limits and guidelines and keeps posing a danger to human health and the environment (according to the European Environment Agency), the issue doesn't feature too prominently in most mainstream media. Reporting on air quality may be challenging a challenge for some media given the complexities of the issue and the lack of hyperlocal data. But local journalism and crowdsourcing of local data are well suited to reporting on air quality and pollution. In this session we'll hear about a project carried out by Flemish newspaper De Standaard, in which the journalists teamed up with Antwerp University, the Flemish government and research organisation VITO to crowdsource data from 20,000 citizens and then presented it a visual and very informative way.

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Lisbeth Kirk

Founder and editor-in-chief, EUobserver
Lisbeth Kirk is the founder and editor-in-chief of EUobserver, an independent online newspaper covering EU affairs. She commutes between Brussels and Copenhagen, where she is a frequent guest commentator on Danish radio. Lisbeth holds a degree in journalism from the Danish School of Media and Journalism... Read More →


Friday May 17, 2019 14:45 - 16:00 BST