Extensive support for Ukrainians

21 May 2022. The National Endowment for Democracy has compiled an extensive list of organisations and institutions around the world that offer assistance and support to Ukrainians – academics, journalists, activists, researchers, artists and others.

It is always possible to add aid organisations and offers. Please find the entire list here.

M100 @ St. Gallen Symposium: Power through Collaboration

16 May 2022. On 6 May 2022, the M100 Sanssouci Colloquium took part at the two-days St. Gallen Symposium at the University St. Gallen in Switzerland. Under the title “Media’s new power: More impact through collaborative journalism” three panelists, who are at the forefront of this innovative way of journalism, discussed following questions: Which technical, but also content-related reforms are necessary to strengthen independent, high-quality journalism in the long term? How can the financing of independent media and journalist networks be guaranteed? How do cross-border, cross-linguistic and cross-cultural collaborations work? What benefits do they get? What is the future of collaborative journalism and which problems can arise? What expectations do players have of politics to guarantee media diversity, independence and democracy in the future?

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Our Alumni Network: Lucian Bălănuță, Romania

8 May 2022. “I work as a radio journalist at Romania’s public ‘Radio România Iași’.

On 24 February, I was with my ear to the radio hour after hour and did not miss a single news broadcast. Russia’s unprovoked invasion of Ukraine has also triggered an acute need for information. It is becoming increasingly obvious that serious media not only provide news, but also debunk fake news and disinformation. This is a new function of the media – alongside information, education and entertainment – that has cemented its place in textbooks. The war has shown the importance of international cooperation. The M100 alumni group has provided me with many such opportunities, and thanks to this network I have managed to avoid interpretation pitfalls when reporting on the conflict for the public.”

Lucian Bălănuță is a radio journalist and an assistant professor at the Faculty of Letters – Journalism and Communication Sciences from the University “Alexandru Ioan Cuza” Iasi, Romania. He holds a Ph.D. degree in Political Science.

Lucian participated in the M100 Young European Journalists Workshop in 2013. Find out more about Lucian here.

RSF’s 2022 World Press Freedom Index : A new Era of Polarisation

3 May 2022. Today, on Press Freedom Day, M100 partner Reporters Without Borders has published its 2022 Press Freedom Rankings. In no region has press freedom deteriorated as much as in Europe, especially in Eastern Europe.

New crises and wars as well as resurgent conflicts threaten press freedom worldwide. The 2022 Press Freedom Rankings show that they not only pose a threat to the life and limb of media professionals – they have also been accompanied by a variety of repressive measures with which governments try to gain information sovereignty. Read the entire press release here.

Sara Cincurova longlisted for UK’s One World Media Award

29 April 2022. We are delighted to announce that Sara Cincurova, Slovakian journalist and M100 alumna, has made it onto the longlist for the UK’s One World Media Award 2022 in the New Voice Award category! The award recognises young filmmakers or journalists up to the age of 32 “who have made a significant contribution to international journalism during the year, regardless of the medium”.

Sara has reported tirelessly from a variety of crisis zones over the past few months, most recently covering the war in Ukraine. You can read one of her stories for New York Magazine, “My journey out of Ukraine” here. Congratulations and fingers crossed for the shortlist!

Sara Cincurova is a human rights journalist from Slovakia, focusing on migration, human rights, humanitarian issues, and women’s rights. Her work has been published in The Guardian, BBC, Al Jazeera, HuffPost, and The New Humanitarian, among many other outlets. Please find more information about Sara here.

Podcast with AFP fact-checker Eva Wackenreuther

27 April 2022. For fact checkers, the war in Ukraine is symbolically a war of enlightenment against anyone who spreads propaganda and lies. What is currently going on on the fact-checking front? Victoria Graul, founder of the podcast “Digga Fake” and M100 alumna, talked about this for her podcast with Eva Wackenreuther, who heads AFP‘s German-language fact-checking editorial department in Vienna.

Eva will also be leading a course on the topic at the M100 Young European Journalists Workshop, which takes place from 10-15 September on the topic of “Fake News and Disinformation”. As co-founder of the first fact-checking blog in Austria “Fakt ist Fakt”, Eva is also one of the pioneers in the fact-checking community there. Click here to listen to the podcast “6 lessons we learn from the fake news battle over Ukraine” (German language).

Kai Diekmann: “I admire them and at the same time I have great concern for them”

25 April 2022. On 10 April, M100 Advisory Board member Kai Diekmann accompanied Austrian Chancellor Karl Nehammer to Kyiv and Moscow. In Kyiv he met Vitali Klitschko, who was awarded the M100 Media Award in 2014.

“I have known Vitali Klitschko and his brother Vladimir for years, we are very good friends”, says Kai Diekmann. “To see them both again in this situation, under these circumstances, was a very emotional and at the same time depressing experience. Actually, we had arranged to meet on 24 February, the flights to Kyiv were booked, it was supposed to be a private meeting The night before, Vladimir called me and said: “Better stay at home, don’t come to Kiev, it’s too dangerous.”

Their greatest wish is that the EU and Germany support Ukraine even more so that they can win the fight against Putin. Giving up is not an option. I admire them and at the same time I have great concern for them.”
An article on CNN explains more about Karl Nehammer’s mission in Kyiev and Moscow.

Alexandra Borchardt: The importance of public service media for democracy

22 April 2022. “Should state-funded media be banned?” was the topic of a debate held on 20 April at the ELF Idea Accelerator conference “Media Freedom in the Age of Tech Disruption” in Brussels. On the podium, which she shared with Yana Toom (member of the European Parliament, Renew Europe), M100 Advisory Board member Professor Dr Alexandra Borchardt (left) made a strong case for public service media. She defended the need to finance media independently of commercial revenues through state finances such as taxes or licence fees in order to guarantee access to reliable information for everyone. There was evidence that independent public service media that strive for impartiality enhanced democracy, she said. They were the best medicine against polarization. And research showed that they ranked highly on trust if people perceive the journalism to be independent.

In her impulse Alexandra clarified that there was a big difference between state media and public service media. State media were more commonly associated with non-democratic systems of government that control editorial staffing and content. “Public service media need to be controlled by the public”, she said.

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Debate and Democracy – How to successfully counter populists

Summary of our seminar with Dr Tobias Endler, Political Scientist and American Studies Scholar, on 17 March 2022:

Russia’s attack on Ukraine and the bloody war that has continued since then had a clear impact on the nature of this seminar. The war is waged not only militarily, but also through the media: informing and influencing the population is an important instrument in the war against Ukraine. The two sides, both the aggressor Russia and the attacked Ukraine, are also fighting a war of words and images, and while one side, Volodymyr Zelenskyy and Kiev’s mayor Vitali Klitschko, motivates the population to fight the aggressor day-by-day through words and images; the other turns away from its people by employing disinformation, bans, cover-ups and suppression.

This made the topic of the seminar all the more timely: What arguments can one use to successfully counter populists? For this, we had to reflect and question the different terminology and the perspectives that are associated with terms such as democracy, society and politics, said seminar leader Dr Tobias Endler.

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M100 @ St. Gallen Symposium

1 April 2022. For the first time, M100 will be present at this year’s St. Gallen Symposium with an M100 panel.

The St. Gallen Symposium will take place on 5 and 6 May under the title “Collaborative Advantage” at the University of St. Gallen.

At the M100 panel, entitled “Media’s New Power: More Impact Through Collaborative Journalism”, Joanna Krawczyk (Head of Partnerships at “Gazeta Wyborcza” and Chair of the Leading European Newspaper Alliance LENA, Poland), Paul Radu (Co-Founder and Co-Managing Director of the Investigative Network OCCRP, Romania) and Mathias Müller von Blumencron (Board Member Tamedia and Member of the M100 Advisory Board) will discuss the challenges of cross-border, cross-linguistic and cross-cultural collaborations and what they mean for the future of journalism. The panel will be moderated by TV journalist and M100 Advisory Board member Astrid Frohloff.

The panel will take place on Friday 6 May from 15:30-16:30 hrs.
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