The Washington Post’s slogan “Democracy Dies in Darkness” calls attention to the importance of an unbiased and free press and news broadcast media for a functioning democracy. This traditional role, however, has been challenged by political circles and a public increasingly suspicious of news media. “Fake News,” digitalization and its influence on print media, changing methods of readership engagement, and a polarized public have all contributed to a delegitimization of the old forms of media and their standing in society as a whole.

These developments created a vivid debate about the future of news media: Why has the public become increasingly polarized? How can the media guarantee reliable and good quality news reporting in a supposedly post-factual world? What methods and strategies can the media use to combat misinformation and further guarantee critical journalism? What role do legal and policy solutions/measures play in overcoming the weaknesses of the current media environment?

Journalism 2.0 — Conference @ DAI Heidelberg

Addressing such concerns and questions is central to a healthy debate. It not only enables us to understand the new media environment but also to successfully navigate the rapidly changing media landscape. The Deutsch-Amerikanisches Institut Heidelberg will contribute to this discussion with their upcoming conference, Journalism 2.0 – Fake News, Enlightenment, and Democracy in the Digital Age”, on March 2-4, 2018.  It will bring together journalists, political scientists, and media experts to discuss the challenges journalism is facing today.


Discussing the Future of Journalism @ American Space Leipzig

Three of the conference speakers will also visit American Space Leipzig in March and share their expertise with us.

On March 1, John Nichols, national affairs correspondent of The Nation will discuss the role of the legislation in re-strengthening credible media outlets. March 5, Robert Picard, a world-leading specialist on media economics and government media policies and Professor at the Reuters Institute, University of Oxford, will focus on challenges and possible solutions for media in the digital age. Finally, on March 9, Angie Drobnic Holan, editor of PolitiFact, will talk about strategies for fact-checking.

By inviting these leading scholars and media professionals the discussions are going to help illustrate strengths and weaknesses in today’s approach to journalism, media, and policy and with that contribute to the debate and problem-solving for the necessary changes.

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