While I was on work experience at Journalism.co.uk in December, I spotted a tweet about the French data journalism site Owni. Heading to the site and looking on the hashtag #ownioupas it was clear that the website was crowdsourcing potential ideas for funding. The website’s editors wanted to know whether a paywall, for example, was a viable model so it asked people whether and how much people would be willing to pay for the data journalism it produced.
The website collaborated with Wikileaks in 2010 to help analyse the Iraq war logs.
I contacted the website and spoke to one of the directors, Frédéric-Alexandre Talec, and asked him about Owni’s future plans. The resulting story was, I believe, a UK exclusive.