WHAT WE DO
Photos, Video & Features
We always have our ear to the ground for the next big story and have registered a number of firsts with our reporting. We΄ve been covering the migration story since January 2010 (Stern multimedia story); on Greece΄s oligarchs since 2010; We reported on the rise of Golden Dawn long before the party was making international headlines (summer 2011 – photo story for the NYT Magazine).
Fixing & Producing
Some call it producing but we prefer the more modest term used by journalists. Having built up extensive experience during the years of the crisis, we consider fixing to be one of the most challenging tasks in journalism and we take it very seriously, offering the full package that goes from pitching stories and ideas to organizing logistics (such as flights and accommodation) to plain reporting and fact checking.
Our contributors have published compelling investigative stories in the Greek and foreign press. (Two of our members contributed in the NYT΄s Outlaw Ocean series that won this year΄s George Polk award.) This is not an easy task in a country that is dropping alarmingly in all press freedom rankings, and where journalists sometimes pay a heavy price for independent reporting. We are in the process of setting up, in collaboration with similar international initiatives, the first not-for-profit structure to support investigative journalism in Greece.
News outlets can at any time, directly assign journalists, photographers or videographers who are on location in order to obtain raw material from breaking news, to hire them on a daily/hourly basis or to assign them with a specific story. By subscribing to the service or downloading the mobile app, editors can see the current locations (geolocation) of RU’s contributors in real time and can send them assignments accordingly. This produces huge savings on reporter transport for the client in breaking stories.
RU’s “Hotline Greece” is a helpdesk service, available 24/7. Editors or journalists can contact RU at any time - whether that is to ask a question about the migration crisis, get the contact of a Greek politician, or last minute fact-checking on a tight deadline. The international media can “sleep tight” just by knowing that at any given moment top-notch journalists are on call ready to provide them with answers. Depending on content, questions are allocated either to the Core Team or to the RU Member who is an expert on the particular field of interest.
The Pitch Candystore
The “traditional” way to market content would be by promoting through conventional channels the content in its static form. The Pitch Candystore introduces a novel procedure, both web-based and mobile. It allows foreign editors and journalists to locate the stories (in the inception, research or production phase - as pitched by local journalists, photographers and videogrphers) they are interested in and eventually buy the “modules” of those stories that are meeting their needs.