This Spanish data-driven news site thinks its work goes past publishing stories — to lobbying the government and writing laws

If you spend dozens of hours learning about a subject — say, government procurements — for an article, you might want to find some way to use that knowledge beyond just hitting Publish on a story. As a journalist, obviously, there are some hesitations; the debate on where the line falls between journalism and activism continues to simmer. But the activist-for-truth role of a journalist is part of the core of Spanish nonprofit news organization Civio, which believes that when it uncovers problems in government, part of its job is to lobby for specific solutions. Eva Belmonte, Civio’s managing editor, has shown up at Spanish legislators’ offices with 100-page proposed amendments in tow. Some of her legislative language has made it into Spanish law. After reporting extensively on the procurement process, Belmonte became Civio’s main outreach to government officials. CIvio doesn’t lobby on every issue it reports
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