Wolfgang Blau to open the M100 Young European Journalists Workshop

The renowned international media manager and journalist Wolfgang Blau will give the opening speech at this year’s M100 Young European Journalists Workshop (M100YEJ) about “Reporting in Crises and the Crisis in Reporting”. In his keynote he will address how Covid-19 coverage offers lessons for reporting on the climate crisis.

Blau was global Chief Operating Officer & President, International at Condé Nast, served as Executive Director of Digital Strategy at The Guardian and as Editor-in-chief of Zeit Online, a position that won him Germany’s Chief Editor of the Year award. Currently, he is a Visiting Research Fellow at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at Oxford University where he studies the intersection of journalism and the climate crisis.

The workshop takes place between 10th September an 2nd October online. In the seminar we analyse why times of crisis – be it the financial crisis, the refugee crisis or Covid-19 – often reveal the weaknesses of the media system and the resulting problems in reporting.

Participation is open for young journalists between 18 and 26 years old from all over Europe (including non-EU countries). Applicants are required to write a short essay in English (5,000 letters maximum) on journalism and Covid-19 in their country. (For this, applicants are free to focus on either (discussions about) the media coverage of the pandemic or the impact of the latter on journalism at large.) Deadline is 23 August, 2021.
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The M100YEJ is an initiative of Potsdam Media International e.V. and is funded by the Friedrich Naumann Foundation and the National Endowment for Democracy. Cooperation partners include European Youth Press, Europa United, Orange Magazine, and Institute for Media and Communications Policy.