19 Million Project

Exploring European Refugee Crisis

02 November 2015 - 13 November 2015

What is the 19 Million Project?


In partnership with GEN, FUSION and Univision News have joined forces with the nonprofit digital journalism group Chicas Poderosas and the Italian Coalition for Civil Liberties (CILD) to launch The 19 Million Project. The 19 Million Project (The19MillionProject.com) brought together journalists, developers, designers, academics, government and business leaders and human rights organisations from the United States, Latin America, Europe, the Middle East, and Africa to explore how Europe’s pressing refugee crisis came to be, and what can be done to best address it. The 19 Million Project derives its name from the 19.5 million refugees who have fled persecution and war in recent years, risking their lives to provide a better life for their families. A wide range of additional partners have already participated in the project, including: Google News Lab, Berkeley Advanced Media Institute, ProPublica, and Stanford University.

This operation was part of the Season 4 of the Editors Lab Programme.

How did it work?

First Part

The 19 Million Project kicked off on 2 November in Rome, Italy with a summit that included a design sprint and journalism workshop organised by Chicas Poderosas Mediterraneo and hosted jointly with the Italian Coalition for Civil Liberties (CILD) — details here. A group of over 50 digital media professionals as well as representatives from human rights organisations convened to discuss how the narrative of the migrant crisis has been told so far, what stories and voices are missing, and how the latest technology and innovative storytelling methods can better shape the narrative and drive global action toward addressing this tragedy. Culminating activities took place on 13 November 2015 at the La Coalizione Italiana Liberta e Diritti Civili Human Rights Awards ceremony.


What were the outcomes?

Second Part

The participants generated content that included apps, digital interactive projects, and mini-documentaries, or other formats. The content created by the collection of journalists, developers, and other collaborators will be housed on The 19 Million Project website, curated and hosted by FUSION, and it will be available for participating organisations to publish across their platforms. The site will also curate some of the most informative, compelling, and innovative coverage of the crisis.

Google News Lab also partnered with the project to teach masterclasses, as well as support the winning team traveling to the Editors Lab Final in Vienna during the GEN Summit 2016 in June. This competition will gather the 15 winning teams from the regional hackdays organised by the Global Editors Network taking place from September 2015 to May 2016.