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 What's Working: Sustainable Media System for a Viable Democracy

Our world is facing an unprecedentedly complex set of intertwined, mutually reinforcing challenges - a polycrisis, as some define it. Many find it hard to navigate such circumstance and lose faith in the public space they inhibit. The role of journalism thus becomes even more crucial for the maintenance and quality of the liberal democratic system. Today’s media need to regain readers’ trust and contribute to building an open-minded public sphere. This also requires them to cultivate a system where journalists can operate freely and safely, content can remain independent from outside influence and output can effectively reach the target audience.

We encourage submissions of abstracts and session proposals that focus on examples in the media that appear to be working and generating impact in the following areas, though the list is not exhaustive:

  • Boundaries of censorship, content moderation institutions/models

  • Online and other harms, protection of journalists and their content

  • Lessons of the Twitter affair

  • Credibility and transparency of media resources and ownership

  • Preserving independence from the subscribers

  • Effective ways of fighting disinformation

  • Innovative engaging with the audience

  • Good practice of technological advances

  • Media resources across generations

  • Social media at the forefront of news delivery

  • Media cooperation across borders

  • Public service and social media co-existence

  • Media platformization


Please submit your 500-word abstracts and a short bio by May 1. 2023 to

Download our template for abstracts and template f
or session proposals.


Abstract submission: May 1, 2023

Notification of acceptance: June 20, 2023

Early bird payment deadline: August 31, 2023

Regular payment deadline: October 31, 2023

Presentation submission: November 5, 2023


Conference fee for presenting participants

Presenting participants: Regular - € 260, Early-bird - € 230 

Presenting participants ECREA members: Regular - € 230, Early-bird - € 200 

Students (PhD candidates) - Regular - € 120, Early-bird - € 100

Registration fee includes: all conference sessions, coffee breaks and lunch, conference documents, and a certificate of attendance if required.

Refund Policy

If you cancel your registration on November 1, 2023 at the latest, you will receive a refund of the registration fee. However, there is non-refundable 30 EUR administrative fee. Written requests for cancellation must be emailed to No refunds will be given after the given date.

Contact: Marek Přeček, Project Coordinator,

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