M100 board meeting with passing on the baton to Sabine Wessels as new project manager

Potsdam, 24 January, 2018. At the M100 board meeting on 23 January 2018 (photo from left to right: Klaus Rost, Sabine Schicketanz, Christoph Lanz, Sabine Wessels, Christian Rainer, Sabine Sasse, Jann Jakobs, Astrid Frohloff, Kai Diekmann, Moritz van Dülmen) not only discussed the topic of the upcoming conference, also Sabine Sasse was adopted as M100 project manager after 11 years. In October 2017, she has taken over a new position as Managing Director of the pro-European initiative United Europe.

Her successor is Sabine Wessels, who has been working for many years as a campaign owner and project manager for numerous institutions and events, especially in the media sector. Sabine Wessels, who has been working for many years as a campaign owner and project manager for numerous institutions and events, will succeed Sabine Sasse, especially in the media sector. Sabine Wessels has been responsible for the conception and implementation of MEDIA CONVENTION Berlin since 2009. She has also been working for Amnesty International for many years, also in the field of conception and implementation of campaigns and projects, including the discussion series “Amnesty@50 – Perspectives for Human Rights”, the Amnesty Film Award at the Berlinale, Jugend@Amnesty, the annual youth meeting of Amnesty International and has won respect for the project competition “Respect!The Berlin Council for Democracy, an initiative of the State Office for Equal Treatment – against discrimination. In addition, Ms. Wessels has also worked as an author and editor for numerous TV stations and production companies – she comes from the industry and we are pleased to have won her as the successor to Sabine Sasse.

The summary of the M100YEJ 2017 is online!

23 October, 2017. This year’s M100 Young European Journalists Workshop (M100YEJ) about “How to finance independent Journalism – Education, Platforms, and Business Models” was enormously successful. To learn more about the workshop with 15 young talented journalists from the Eastern Partnership Countries and Russia, read the detailed summary here.


The video of this year’s #M100SC is online!

24 September, 2017. This is the video of this year’s #M100SC! On September 14, almost 80 leading media- and opinion makers, politicians and science representatives from across Europe and the USA have discussed on how political, social and economic developments affect prospects for a free, democratic Europe, offered solutions and brought new approaches to the debate. The M100 Media Award was presented to the founder and CEO of Doshd TV, Natalia Sindeeva.
Walter J. Lindner, State Secretary in the Federal Foreign Office, substituted the deseased Federal Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel. BILD Editor-in-Chief Tanit Koch offered a moving laudation.
The conference was supported by the State Capitalof Potsdam, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, Federal Foreign Office and the National Endowment for Democracy. Sponsors have been oz capital, medienlabor and Facebook. Cooperation partners are Polis 180, Reporter ohne Grenzen, Sourcefabrik, Stiftung Preußische Schlösser und Gärten Berlin-Brandenburg as well as VDZ. A big thanks to HeyFilm for the creation of the film.

Get insights into the achievements of our 15 journalists of the #M100YEJ

Potsdam, September 21, 2017. During seven days of intensive workshop training of the M100 Young European Journalists Workshop our young journalists from Eastern Partnership Countries and Russia learned a lot on how to finance their own media projects, presented their projects to potential funders and did a 2-day internship in German media outlets. Here you get more insights into their achievements! The video is created by HeyFilm.

Can Dündar: Democratic Turks and Germans should fight together for their values

Potsdam, September 14, 2017. In the opening speech of this year’s M100 Sanssouci Colloquium about “Democracy or  Despotie? The Renaissance of dark Powers”, Turkish journalist Can Dündar accuses the Western societies a lack of fidelity in there own policy values. The “Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung” has published the speech in full length. Please find the entire speech here.

#M100SC participant Maria Stepanova argues for mutual work of understanding between Russia and the West

“The last years – the grim years in the history of contemporary Russia – were marked with the growing alienation between Russia and the West. Do we still have a chance to keep the dialogue working?  After the times of joint work and fruitful exchange we’re facing disillusionment and disintegration – but that is also something that can be seen as a new challenge. In the dark times it is becoming even more important to continue the mutual work of understanding, to withstand the logic of alienation and incomprehension.”

Maria Stepanova, Editor-in-Chief, Colta.ru, Russia