Inspired by the work of the great Swedish physician and statistician Hans Rosling, Facta is a nonprofit center aiming to perform scientific, investigative and data-driven journalism. It experiments with innovative formats, focusing on the Mediterranean region.
Journalistic in its practices, Facta brings the scientific method to reporting, integrating data analysis and fieldwork. Stating very clear hypotheses, and gathering data, evidence and scholarly publications, Facta applies critical thinking and consistent reviews to its investigations.
Facta has many goals. Science is a pillar of the knowledge economy. Today we are facing complex challenges that require high-quality information to enable actions on such issues as environmental risks, public health, climate change and energy transition. People need access to facts to understand the threats and opportunities associated with scientific and technological development. They also have the right to know how public money is spent on research and in local and regional economic development.
Facta fills a gap. Science journalism in Europe is still mostly explanatory, rarely using data or digital tools. It uses a top-down approach and seldom produces innovative formats taking into account people’s information needs. It hardly exposes conflicts or malpractice. Investigative journalism may use massive quantities of data, but it rarely opens up the process for different key societal actors to step in, assess, give feedback or provide further information. Neither scientific nor investigative journalism takes into account people’s questions, insights or ideas when formulating hypotheses and validating the reporting process. Facta uses different tools to interact with its various communities along the way, up to publication and beyond.
Facta is Mediterranean. Cross-border scientific reporting rarely focuses on the Mediterranean region. Yet some of the most urgent challenges of our time are right in this area. The Med is facing unprecedented migration, an enormous loss of agricultural biodiversity, huge impact from climate change, high seismic risk, conflicts and political instability on most of its coasts. Connecting science to politics and society is key to empowering local communities to analyze their needs and problems, and to design appropriate policies and practices that respond to their needs.
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