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Prague Media Point 2023

Goethe Institut, Prague

December 1, 2023

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  • Registration Opens (8.30, Goethe Institut, Prague, second floor)

  • Opening and Special Address (9.00 - 9.15, Conference Room)

    Alice Němcová Tejkalová, Head of the Department of Journalism, Charles University, Czechia
    Maja Sever, European Federation of Journalists, President, Croatia


  • The Developing Framework of Media Regulation in Europe (9.15 - 10.30, Conference Room)

    As the digital landscape continues to reshape the way we consume and disseminate information, European countries have been adapting their regulatory frameworks to maintain a balance between preserving freedom of expression, ensuring media diversity, and safeguarding against misinformation and hate speech. What have been the main focal points of the discussions about EMFA on the European and national level? Which areas attract the greatest discord? Is there realistically a one-size-fits-all framework that can effectively enhance the media safeguards in Europe, notwithstanding the region? How can we make the changes most effective?

    Moderator: Dominika Bychawska-Siniarska, Senior Advisor,Central Europe Programme, Prague Civil Society Center, Poland

    Tadeusz Kowalski, Broadcasting Council/Warsaw University, Member/Ass. Professor, Poland

    Lucie Sýkorová, European Centre for Press & Media Freedom, Supervisory Board Chair, Czechia
    Maja Sever, European Federation of Journalists, President, Croatia
    Theresa Josephine Seipp, Researcher at the AI, Media, and Democracy Lab, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands


  • Impact of Propaganda on Disinformation Scene in Central Europe and the Western Balkans (10.35 - 11.45, Conference Room)

    This panel aims to shed light on the multifaceted challenges posed by these phenomena and foster a deeper understanding of the strategies needed to combat the manipulation of information in these regions. How can we better face misinformation vis-a-vis the environment of war and polarizing elections? How to enhance the efficacy of journalism and adapt the work of media with regards to tackling these disruptive influences?

    Moderator: Jeremy Bransten, RFE/RL, Regional Director for Eastern Europe, Czechia

    Lutfi Dervishi, Investigative Journalism Lab, Trainer, Albania
    Tomáš Kriššák, Gerulata Technologies, Senior Stratcom Consultant, Slovakia
    Blanka Zöldi, Editor-in-chief, Lakmusz, Hungary


  • Democracy and Social Media Platforms (10.35 - 11.45, Foyer) - Academic/Project Presentations

    Moderator: Alice Němcová Tejkalová, Head of the Department of Journalism, Charles University, Czechia

    Engaging with the audience, considering engaged journalism: an analysis of the Twitch live-streaming of the 2022 French presidential TV debate (Nina Barbaroux-Pagonis, Alexandre Joux)

    This research analyses the modalities of audience participation on Twitch, a platform that allows journalists to interact with viewers during streams. To measure audience participation, a major political event that is likely to divide viewers' opinions was chosen, namely the televised debate between the two French presidential candidates during the recent elections. Three different Twitch channels streamed and commented live on this debate. How do these three streamers manage to connect with young audiences at a time when they are generally uninterested in current news? And how can Twitch be an interesting new place to renew the dialogue between journalists and citizens?

    The Role of social media in the Democratic Transition in Egypt. An Assessment of the Relationship between the Political System and the Media System in Egypt (Hamza Saad)

    This study investigates the transformative Egyptian media landscape that shaped and reflected the equally transformative political landscape that led to Egypt's historical revolution. It analyzes media systems and development in Egypt in relationship to the changing political systems. How have these changes affected the news media landscape? What challenges do they present to the new and established media and to the government?

    Tech Company Algorithms Changing Serbia’s Media for Worse (Tanja Maksić)

    This research focuses on the media system of Serbia and its capacity to adapt to the digital and platform environment. In countries with low levels of democracy and constant backsliding in the media freedoms, online platforms are often described as information spaces that can bypass the limitations of traditional media and direct government control or censorship practices. Our research argues that, in spite of initial “techno-positivism”, the digital environment which is managed by a small number of global tech companies, is a source of various negative phenomena in the Serbian media landscape. As the media are in constant struggle for economic sustainability, the quality of public information is declining.


  • Format Development for Young Audience Content (10.35 - 11.45, Lecture Room)

    In this session, the moderator will talk you through a design sprint process employed at the ENTR, a pan-European youth-oriented project. It will be followed by a short, interactive version of such design and content creation through collaboration. Participants will learn about the method and improve their ability to create stories from (collective) ideas.

    Lukas Hansen, Deutsche Welle, Editorial Lead, Germany


  • Small Coffee Break (11.45-12.00, Foyer)


  • Examples of Replicable and Impactful Investigative Journalism in the V4 and Western Balkan Countries (12.00 - 13.15, Conference Room)

    Presentation of successful investigative, cross-border or cross-sectoral journalism projects with special focus on uncovering corruption, kleptocratic networks and organized crime in CEE and WB. What are the benefits and challenges of this growing trend in investigations? Should it be promoted more and should we perhaps aim for an increasingly more structural cooperation, or does it interfere with independence too much?

    Moderator: Anna Gielewska, Fundacja Reporterow/, Deputy Director/Head, Poland

    Bojana Jovanovic, KRIK, Deputy Editor, Serbia
    Tomáš Madleňák, Investigativne centrum Jána Kuciaka, Investigative Reporter, Slovakia
    Jovo Martinovic, Lupa, Director, Montenegro

    Márton Sarkadi Nagy, Freelance/RFE Hungary, Investigative Reporter, Hungary


  • Media Digitalization and Other Business Issues (12.00 - 13.15, Lecture Room) - Academic/Project Presentations

    Moderator: Graham Griffith, Center for the Study of Democracy, Senior Fellow, USA

    From Print-first to Digital: The Bold Transformation of a Monthly Magazine Reportér to Win Over Digital Readers (Martina Klárová, Robert Čásenský)

    The rapid technological changes in the digital era have disrupted traditional journalism, creating new opportunities and challenges for media organizations. This session proposal presents the case of Reporter Magazin, a leading Czech monthly magazine that underwent a comprehensive digital transformation with the help of FatChilli for Publishers. Our collaboration has led to significant enhancements in the reader experience, website functionality, visual identity, and monetization strategy. This session will explore the process, outcomes, and lessons learned from the project, providing valuable insights for other media organizations seeking to navigate the digital landscape.

    Lessons From an All-Digital Pioneer: The TommieMedia Experience (Mark Neužil)

    TommieMedia is a student-run multi-award-winning website that features text stories, video packages, daily news updates, advertisements, photo slide shows, information graphics and links to the campus radio station and elsewhere. It was the first college member of the Associated Press to convert to an all-online format in the United States.The presentation will cover the history of journalism at St. Thomas University, the early development of TommieMedia, the standards and practices of the website, trends in audience use and interaction over time, successes and failures in social media efforts, the current structure of TommieMedia, and longer-term plans.

    Fighting disinformation effectively: shared experiences from business (Jindřich Oukropec)

    The proliferation of disinformation has become a growing concern in today's society, as it can significantly impact public perception and behaviour. Commercial companies are not immune to this phenomenon, as they often find themselves the targets of false information that could damage their reputation. In response, companies have developed various strategies to combat disinformation and preserve their image. This presentation discusses the effective communication tactics used by companies’ brands in debunking disinformation that damages their reputation.


  • Lunch (13.15 - 14.15, Foyer)


  • A Public Interest Framework – Towards a Healthy Online Information Ecosystem (OSCE RFoM panel) (14.10 - 15.15, Lecture Room)

    While journalists were traditionally known to be the most important editors of public interest information, nowadays they share this position with a growing number of other actors in the media and information space.  Large online platforms have become a dominant source for news consumption, and they undertake many functions of information management that was previously carried out by more traditional media actors, such as editors and publishers. Their content governance processes therefore tremendously influence media freedom. This session aims to explore the possibilities of superimposing a public interest framework, in other words, a scheme for recognizing and prioritizing media content that serves the public interest; and deliberate the opportunities and challenges of such an approach.

    Julia Haas, OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media, Adviser, Austria

    Katarzyna Szymielewicz, Panoptykon Foundation, President, Poland
    Barbora Bukovská, Article 19, Senior Director for Law and Policy, Czechia
    Amy Brouillette, IPI, Director of Advocacy, Hungary


  • Cross-border Collaboration Based Media in Europe (14.15 - 15.25, Conference Room)

    Exchanging perspectives across national and societal borders is vital to nurture understanding and bridge differences. Cross-border journalism plays an important role not just in bringing audiences together, but also journalists working in cross-border editorial teams. What does collaboration look like in practice? How difficult is it to identify topics relevant to different audiences? What are the opportunities of connecting different experiences and values? This session focuses on two such projects - ENTR and JADU.

    Moderator: Patrick Leusch, Deutsche Welle, Head of European Affairs, Germany

    Dominika Michalak,, Journalist and editor of the ENTR Project, Poland
    Reneta Veselinova,, Video and Content Producer, ENTR Project, Bulgaria
    Tereza Semotamová, JADU, Editor, Czechia

  • In Search of Sustainable Funding for Investigative and other Fact-checking Journalism (15.30 - 16.45, Conference Room)

    What are the recent developments in grant-making and funding-obtaining in Europe? Is there a growing understanding of regional specificities on the side of the funders? What can investigative and other kinds of fact-checking, focused media do to make their financial foothold more stable?

    Moderator: Tarik Jusic, Prague Civil Society Centre, Head of Central Europe Programme, Bosnia and Herzegovina

    Leila Bičakčić, Center for Investigative Reporting, Director, Bosnia and Herzegovina

    Florian Skrabal, Dossier, editor-in-chief, Austria
    Zlatina Siderova, Programme Lead Grants, EJC, Netherlands
    Peter Erdelyi, Center for Sustainable Media, Director, Hungary


  • Internal Issues of the Journalistic Profession (15.20 - 16.30, Lecture Room) - Academic/Project Presentations

    Moderator: Graham Griffith, Center for the Study of Democracy, Senior Fellow, USA​​

    Role Conception in an Uncertainty Time: Arab Journalists’ Case (Elsayed Bekhit)

    This study aims to understand the changes that are taking place in Arab journalists’ perceptions of the levels and sources of uncertainty and ways of coping with uncertainty at a time of dramatic change within the institution of media. Given the upheaval in Arab media, it is important to re-examine how regional journalists are narrating their roles in a time of uncertainty. The study investigates the Arab journalists’ insights and trends related to the impact of digital platforms on news, journalistic content, the challenge of news avoidance, and the need for innovation and adaptation within journalism in response to evolving uncertainties.

    The Black Sheep of Europe: Qualitative Exploration of Decaying Press Freedom in Bulgaria and Beyond (Darina Sarelska)

    This study examines the decline of press freedom in Bulgaria over the past two decades. In 2021, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) designated Bulgaria as "the black sheep of Europe" and "the worst place for press freedom, where it can prove dangerous to be a journalist". The annual press freedom index developed by the same organization features Bulgaria's media system collapsing from the 35th to 112th position over the course of two decades. The continuous steep decline raises questions about how and why it is happening, and whether it can be countered. This study aims to explore the implications of regressive media systems in the broader social framework and on civic participation. Using Bulgaria as a model country, this research line aims to expand existing theory on the democratic decay and the shift to neo-authoritarianism in Eastern Europe.

    Parenting Strategies of Czech (Women) Journalists in the Context of Precarity (Hana Řičicová, Karolína Hájková)

    The topic of precarious journalists is just beginning to be discussed in the Czech Republic. Editorial offices do not formally employ them, thus relieving themselves of the costs associated with employment. In exchange for zero security, a feeling of powerlessness and the transfer of all risks to the individual, the ideal of self-fulfilment through meaningful creative work is supposed to be the reward. Precarious contract work carries with it various risks, such as paying less or flat-rate health insurance. As a result, this has a more drastic impact on women, as it is associated with lower maternity and parental benefits. This study focuses on whether and how women journalists' parenting strategies are affected by precarity, and how they influence their combining journalistic job with parenthood.


  • Coming Together: Cultivation of an Engaged Journalistic Profession (15.20-16.20, Foyer)

    Between losing public trust, financial austerity, disinformation, decrease of personal safety, platformization, and the rise of AI, the profession is quite unlike what it was some 20, 10, maybe even three years ago. Currently, difficult discussions are being held about how to protect what lies at its heart without rendering it immobile and dysfunctional. In what ways can journalists effectively come together to ensure their mission, and livelihood, is more sustainable? What helps journalists cross over the competitive divides and defend not just individual interests, but their collective? How can we induce more mutually supportive environment? How can we build on top of the already spreading day-to-day collaborations?

    Moderator: Moderator: Christian Christensen, University of Stockholm, Journalism Professor, Sweden

    David Klimeš, Endowment Fund for Independent Journalism, Director, Czechia
    Dorota Nygren, Poland's Association of Journalists and Authors of the Public Radio, Board Member, Poland
    Maja Sever, European Federation of Journalists, President, Croatia


  • Coffee Break (16.45 -17.15, Foyer)

  • Workshop on Digital Safety for Investigative Journalists (16.50 - 18.50, Lecture Room - subject to separate registration. Refreshments on the spot)

    This workshop focuses on capacity-building enhancing safe digital practices and data protection whilst conducting investigative or any other sensitive reporting. It will be open to anyone interested, be that journalists themselves or other professionals who collaborate with and support investigators, watchdogs etc. However, capacity is limited and registration is therefore required (please contact

    Aleksa Tesic, BIRN, Investigative Journalist and Trainer, Serbia


  • Sound Strategies for Small Media in Highly Concentrated Markets (17.15 - 18.30, Conference Room)

    In an era marked by technological advances, the proliferation of digital platforms and the democratization of content creation have opened up new avenues for small media to reach wider audiences and find their niche. However, the landscape is not without its challenges. In many markets, a few dominant players wield enormous influence, making it increasingly challenging for smaller media organizations to thrive and compete. This panel explores the innovative approaches and best practices that can help small media outlets steadily navigate, find their foothold, adapt, and prosper in highly concentrated markets.

    Moderator: Slawek Blich, Krytyka Polityczna, Deputy Editor-in-Chief, Poland

    Lela Vujanic, Sembra Media, Project Oasis Research Manager CEE, Croatia
    Danuta Bregula, MDIF, Expert-in-Residence, Poland
    Jan Bělíček, Alarm, Editor-in-Chief, Czechia


  • The Communication-Trust Interplay in the Media (17.20-18.30, Foyer) - Academic/Project Presentations

    Moderator: Christian Christensen, University of Stockholm, Journalism Professor, Sweden

    Communication of Public Institutions in the Digital Era - Or Happy Birthday, Putin! (Tereza Klabíková Rábová, Barbora Štěpánová)

    In view of the changes taking place in the digital context of social media, it is highly necessary to rethink the style of communication through the official profiles of public institutions. The verbal and non-verbal nature of such statements is extremely relevant as they continue to circulate through the media space. The hypothesis is that, nowadays, in time of multiple crises, more or less informal form of communication based on the logic of digital media functioning do not always correspond with the desired and unambiguous reception of the communicated information by the public. This study is an analysis of a model statement on the social network Twitter, with a subsequent analysis of the expectations of the audience (citizens and media professionals).

    Altruistic and self-serving motives for sharing alternative information about the Covid 19 virus on social media (Thomas Wold)

    During the Covid-19 crisis, updates on scientific findings and political debate regarding the virus were presented continuously through traditional news media. Some of the updates were conflicting and confusing. At the same time, contradictory information was spread through other channels, like alternative media and social media. In this study, alternative information is understood as news material that is framed in a way that contradicts the government's Covid-19 recommendations, whether or not the intention was to be misleading. This study aims to contribute to the research on motives for news sharing on social media.

    Critical discourse analysis of TV news media on democracy – Pakistan case study (Sadia Zamir)

    The development of a democratic culture in each country depends largely on the media. It is thus essential to research the processes by which media discourse represents a nation’s democracy. This research focuses on the role of television (TV) news media in the discursive construction of democracy in Pakistan. The study aims to draw attention to the nuances of the news media's construction of discourse on democracy internally, by Pakistani media's and also externally by “the other” media, i. e. from India.

  • Glass of Wine and Networking (18.35 - 19.30, Foyer)

  • Closing the doors (19.30)

Selection of Speakers

  • Anna Gielewska, Fundacja Reporterow and, Deputy Director and Head, Poland

  • Bojana Jovanovic, KRIK, Deputy Editor, Serbia

  • Jovo Martinovic, Lupa, Director, Montenegro

  • Peter Erdelyi, Center for Sustainable Media and EDMO, Director and Executive Board Member, Hungary

  • Danuta Bregula, MDIF, Expert-in-Residence, Poland

  • Florian Skrabal, Dossier, Editor-in-Chief, Austria

  • Lutfi Dervishi, Investigative Journalism Lab, Trainer, Albania

  • Jeremy Bransten, Regional Director for Eastern Europe, RFE/RL, Czechia

  • Tomáš Kriššák, Gerulata Technologies, Senior Stratcom Consultant, Slovakia

  • Lela Vujanic, Sembra Media, Project Oasis Research Manager, Croatia

  • Slawek Blich, Krytyka Polityczna, Deputy Editor-in-Chief, Poland

  • Patrick Leusch, Deutsche Welle, Head of European Affairs, Germany

  • Maja Sever, European Federation of Journalists, President, Croatia

Join us

Join us in Prague on December 1, 2023, to get inspired by the work of your colleagues from different backgrounds and countries, to learn more about what's working elsewhere, to discuss how can we move forward and what it takes to make the media sphere more sustainable.

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