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December 7
Room 1
Room 2
9:00-10:15, Room 1
New Ways to Expand Audiences

As technology rapidly transforms the methods by which content is created and distributed, news organizations need to stay current or risk falling behind the peers. But what happens when the organization isn’t profit-motivated but mission-driven, such as public media. Can public media organizations use algorithms to create personalized content streams without compromising their values? How can radio adapt to changing times and remain relevant, especially for children and young people? Can an approach such as Peace Journalism help reach new audiences and decrease polarization?

Public Service Media: Balancing Values with Recommendation Algorithms

Jannick Kirk Sorensen, Associate Professor, Aalborg University, Denmark

Children and Radio: An Uneasy Relationship

Alice Němcová Tejkalová, Dean of Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University, Czechia

Olga Gheorghiev, Analyst, Czech Radio, Czechia


Searching for New Cultures of Journalism in the Digital Age: A Response from Peace Journalism

Giuliana Tiripelli, Assistant Professor, Leicester Media School, United Kingdom


Kevin Davis, CEO & Principal Consultant, KLJD Consulting

9:00-10:15, Room 2
The Transformative Role of Social Media

The rise of social media has forced a substantial rethinking of journalism and its role in shaping well-informed publics. Increasingly, this has been happening on the local level, as social media have become major “influencers” shaping society in economic, social, and other ways. Encouragingly, the majority of local governments use social media to some extent, and potential new roles of citizenship and journalism are evolving in the new local communication ecology. But our understanding of how stakeholders use social media for local communication and how citizens engage is limited. How then are these online spaces contributing to the development of civic identity? As social media’s importance increases as an arena for news, information, and debate, will the news media become too dependent on social media “success”? And what strategies can they adopt to engage their audiences and remain relevant?

Audience Engagement and the Two-Step Agenda

Thomas Wold, Postdoctoral Student, University of Bergen, Norway

Social Media's Role in Building an Active Local Public

Ilona Biernacka-Ligieza, Professor, Canterbury Christ Church University, Maria Curie-Skłodowska University, Poland/United Kingdom

The Formation of the Citizen "Self" via Non-Formal Online Education

Taiana Catharino, PhD Student, NOVA University of Lisbon, Portugal


Gregory Bruno, Communications Manager, Sourcefabric, Czechia

10:45-12:00, Room 2
30 Years of Public Service Media in Czechia

In cooperation with the Ministry of Culture of Czechia

Thirty years ago, Czech public-service media transformed from a government-supervised propaganda monolith into independent news organizations. According to the 2019 Digital News Report, Czech Television and Czech Radio are the most trusted sources of news in the country. Nevertheless, certain politicians and other media outlets have criticized them for lacking objectivity and promoting unbalanced news coverage. What are some lessons learned from the last 30 years and what best practices should be continued?

Filip Rožánek, Journalist, Commentator, Czechia

Daniel Raus, Former Editor-in-Chief, Czech Radio Plus, Czechia

Vojtěch Berger, Reporter, Editor, Hlídací, Czechia


Tony Curzon Price, Director, openDemocracy, Former Economic Advisor to the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, United Kingdom

This is a public discussion. Capacity is limited, register here

12:00-12:15, Room 2
Jakub Klepal, Conference Co-Chair, Prague Media Point, Executive Director, KEYNOTE, Czechia
Jeremy Druker, Conference Co-Chaire, Prague Media Point, Executive Director, Transitions, USA/Czechia
13:30-16:30, Room 1
Solutions Journalism

This is your opportunity to learn the ins and outs of Solutions Journalism – rigorous and compelling reporting on responses to social problems. At the three-hour workshop you will learn all you need to know about this approach, which has been transforming newsrooms across the United States and is now expanding to Europe and other parts of the globe. Come hear what it is, why it's important, and why practitioners feel it gets them back to why they wanted to become journalists in the first place. Top trainers from the New-York-based Solutions Journalism Network will explain how to write or broadcast your own Solutions Journalism stories, from idea to reporting to completed piece. 

This workshop is not part of the conference. Please, purchase a ticket to participate. 

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