Updated: Dec 12, 2020
Speaker: Gro Engen
Moderator: Milica Pesic
December 4th, 2020, 16:55-17:25 CET
Written by Tereza Patricie Prokopová
Key words: Debate, Politicians, Constructive Journalism, Immigration, TV Show
Journalism has been going through continuous development especially when it comes to a new way of grasping information and leading a debate. A constant problem that occurred frequently was dealing with politicians repeating routine sentences when attending a debate. This provoked a strong reaction among Norweigan journalists that decided to organize a brand new format of debating, including politicians as well as the public.
The project or approach to be discussed in the session
politicians present only speeches prepared beforehand
they do not answer spontaneous questions (only repeat the already given ones), also argue a lot
new debate format has been presented
controversial topics are presented (immigration, gender equality, abortion)
no show host is needed
low key studio to create a more informal setting
attending (2 politicians and 2 audience members) can’t argue, they must listen and take into consideration opinions of the other side
a constructive debate is therefore created
Evidence of impact
It was proved that young people showed lower interest in politics. Nevertheless 1.4 Million people watched the show (most of them were on linear streaming) and a majority of them were aged under 29.
Limitations, risks of the approach provided by the speaker
A problem might occur when the people participating start to behave in an aggressive manner. The show itself should be led in a calm and rational way which is why participants are instructed on how to behave. They are encouraged to behave and talk naturally. If they however do not comply, the footage must be edited afterwards.
1. The format of debates must alternate in order to attract more people to politics.
2. Debates can be led without pointless arguing and constant disputes. When led in a calm and ordered manner, the audience benefits more from it.
3. It is important to discuss delicate topics in order to pull down the wall of prejudice among different social groups.