The essence of journalism is being able to gather correct information and explain in an accessible way to your audience what these facts mean, and why they matter. However, how this work should be carried out in the relatively new context of constant digital information streams and citizen journalists everywhere, is a question that traditional news providers still struggle with.
So far, the main result of that struggle seems to be that individual journalists experience ever-growing pressure to be fast, ubiquitous and technically all-round. This trend certainly applies to foreign correspondents in Brussels, who are expected to cover an entire continent and complicated international institutions while relatively isolated from the editorial teams at their home front.
Therein lies the importance and added value of Headline’s researcher-producers. We can alleviate the pressure on correspondents, by helping them filter information to find and create real stories that matter.