This is Fanis from Solomon. It’s that time of the month that we have to gather all of our news in order to send you our Monthly digest. Well, the past month can be described only with one word: CRAZY!
During November we managed to:
- publish our biggest investigation to date,
- complete our Kickstarter campaign,
- launch the 4th cycle of Solomon media lab,
- prepare and go live with the Solomon store,
- publish our “Is it Racism?” campaign in partnership with Generation 2.0 and
- last but not least, to initiate the research for our new Publication about the working conditions for migrant workers during COVID19.
Are you ready to join our community?
Many people believe that there is a big team behind Solomon that runs all these projects simultaneously. Well, we’d like to let you know that we’re only 3 full-time people in the team (with part-time salaries), plus 3 amazing people contributing skills and expertise pro bono.
That’s why I want to start with our news about the Solomon store. Through our store we ask for your support. What you’ll get in return? A lot of stuff. Through our Membership model you can become part of our ―what we call― responsible journalism. You can have access to our Notes from the field newsletter (spoiler alert: we’ll launch Notes from the field next week), you can join our monthly Q&A sessions with experts and you can take part in our quarterly editorial meetings in order for you to have an active role in our journalism.
Yeap, I want to join you!
The first greek journalism project funded in Kickstarter
That’s all folks, I know we spammed you a little bit about our Kickstarter campaign last month, but we made it!
Our spam seems to have worked, since more than 170 people from around the world contributed and made our campaign a success. The amount we managed to raise, 12.000€ approximately, will cover about 3 months of operational costs at Solomon. That’s why, mainly, we used this campaign to launch our Membership model.
So, if you haven’t done it already through Kickstarter, let me ask you once again to join our community of paying members, and support our work with 3€/month, 6€/month or 10€/month.
Join the community! >
Our biggest investigation to date: “The logbook of Moria”
In the aftermath of the fire that swept through Moria, Europe’s most notorious refugee camp, my colleague, Stavros Malichudis, found a personnel notebook written by the workers that were in Moria to protect the unaccompanied minors, but often felt incapable of doing so.
As we wrote in our report, its pages reveal the horrific reality that they endured, and constitute an indisputable document of Europe’s failure to protect the most vulnerable group of asylum seekers that sought safety within its borders.
This investigation was made in collaboration with Investigate Europe and Reporters United and was published also in Tagesspiegel (german), Mediapart (french), openDemocracy (english), Klassekampen (norwegian), Publico (portuguese), WP Magazyn (polish), and Vice Germany (german).
On the occasion of the publication of The Logbook of Moria, Iliana Papangeli, managing director at Solomon, was invited by the professor of Social Anthropology at Panteion University, Katerina Rozakou, to discuss with the students attending the course Border, Mobility and Power, about how the two writers worked regarding their research, the depiction of unaccompanied minors’ in Moria camp living conditions, as well as the duty of reporters (and anthropologists) to keep on shedding light on the tragic and unseen aspects of migration.
The 4th cycle of Solomon media lab
In the past 4 years Solomon has managed to organize 4 media labs. The current one, though, is quite different from the previous ones, as this time we work directly with young journalists and researchers who have little or no experience in the coverage of migration and refugees. So far, students had the opportunity to discuss ways of making journalism more inclusive (with Iliana Papangeli & Stavros Malichudis), the contribution of interpreters and intercultural mediators to the reporting process (with Nadir Noori & Nasruddin Nizami), as well as, the importance of understanding migration as a global phenomenon and beyond local assumptions of it (with experienced multimedia freelance journalist, Iason Athanasiadis).
This year’s media lab is financially supported by Faces of Migration.
“Is it Racism?”
Exactly one year ago we started a collaboration with Generation 2.0, an organisation working to promote equal participation in a diverse society, on the “Is it Racism?” campaign.
Two lockdowns later, we managed to complete the project by creating 6 testimonial videos on everyday racism, and by launching a website both in Greek and English with definitions on racism, tips on how to handle and report racist incidents as an active bystander (in Greek, English, Farsi, Arabic and French) and a library with handbooks, videos and reports on the issue.
Migrant workers and COVID19
I’ll close by giving you a glimpse of our new Publication: Migrant workers and COVID19. For at least three decades, Greece has significantly depended on migrants’ work: agriculture, domestic work, tourism, constructions and what is usually described as the “informal economy”.
Often lacking documentation, access to information and networks, migrant workers are uninsured, underpaid, and exposed to human rights abuses and labor law violations.
But, in big part, their realities in Greece still remain underreported.
At the intersection of the country’s exit from a yearslong economic crisis, the so called “refugee crisis” of the past five years, and the social, political, and economical challenges that the coronavirus pandemic poses, this in-depth, interdisciplinary research project aims to shed light into otherwise unexplored aspects of the migrant workers’ realities, and their contribution to the Greek society and economy.
Stay tuned to find out more about this Publication very soon.
Solomon needs you in this kind of journalism we have decided to serve; one which is inclusive, independent and responsible.
See you in 2021!
Fanis Kollias, Founder and Content editor
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