Prague Media Point 2017

Media in the Post-Truth World:
The New Marketplace of (Dis)information
When: Nov 02nd, 2017 - Nov 04th, 2017
Where: New York University Prague (Male namesti 143/2, Prague 1)

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Event overview

Prague Media Point is an annual international conference, dedicated to discussing the changing media landscape in a professional, political, economic, and social context. These events gather leading academics, journalists, media executives, and experts from around the world to exchange experiences, establish new contacts, and debate challenges facing both traditional and new media. Prague Media Point is organized by Transitions , a nonprofit organization established to strengthen the professionalism, independence, and impact of the news media in the post-communist countries of Europe and the former Soviet Union, and KEYNOTE , an organization specializing in organizing conferences and events that lead to cutting-edge international encounters, bring new ideas to life, and facilitate a unique networking experience. In November 2016 Prague Media Point was organized as an ECREA pre-conference.

Prague Media Point 2017 will address trends in the way people consume information. The surprising decision of the UK to depart the EU and equally stunning win of Donald Trump in the U.S. presidential elections have provided dramatic confirmation of long-term trends in the way people consume information, providing further evidence that so-called legacy media are now playing an even smaller role in influencing individual choice. The central challenges facing the media in 2017 are to regain some of the lost credibility that has led to a general lack of trust and also identify new roles or redefine old ones in the current communication ecosystem. What then is the mix of old and new in the marketplace of ideas affecting people’s political choices and overall local and worldviews? What sources are now most trusted, and do gatekeepers matter anymore? Are people even searching for the “truth” or simply what fits their already-predefined opinions?

  

For more information, please contact: spata@keynote.cz

  

Conference Topics:
Media’s Role, Disinformation, Fake News, Populism, Fact Checking, Social Networks, Media Ownership, Traditional vs. New Media

 

Conference partners:
The 2016 conference was supported by the Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung Prague, Representation of the European Commission in the Czech Republic, the European Communication Research and Education Association (ECREA), Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Prague, Embassy of Canada to Czech Republic, the Institute of Communication Studies and Journalism at Charles University, and the Comparative Interdisciplinary Studies Section (CISS) of the International Studies Association (ISA).

 

 


 

 

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Keynote speakers

Cathrine Gyldensted

Cathrine Gyldensted is serving as the worlds first Director of Constructive Journalism at Windesheim of University of Applied Sciences, The Netherlands. As part of this endeavor, she has been offering consulting services, trainings and workshops for professional reporters and editors worldwide, while being a frequently invited expert at professional and academic conferences. TEDxtalk here.  Gyldensted initiated the idea to apply positive, moral and prospective psychology to the field of journalism, coining the term ‘constructive journalism’ academically and conceptualizing it with Karen McIntyre (VCU, USA) with several articles in press or under review. Gyldensted have worked for over a decade as an investigative reporter, foreign news reporter, radio anchor and executive producer for several Danish media, before obtaining a Master’s degree in Applied Positive Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania in 2011. Gyldensted has published several books on the topic, such as Handbook of Constructive Journalism (2014), and From Mirrors to Movers. Five Elements of Positive Psychology in Constructive Journalism (2015).

Christian Christensen

Christian Christensen is Professor of Journalism in the Department of Media Studies at Stockholm University, Sweden. Professor Christensen's research has examined the intersections of journalism, politics and technology. He has published numerous articles and book chapters on WikiLeaks, in addition to other pieces on the relationship between technology and social change. Professor Christensen is also a regular contributor of opinion pieces to The Guardian (and other international outlets) on issues related to media and politics.

Mark Galeotti

Mark Galeotti is senior research fellow at the Institute of International Relations Prague and principal director of the Mayak Intelligence consultancy. He is a specialist in modern Russian politics, history and security affairs, and transnational and organised crime. Galleotti studied history at Robinson College, Cambridge University and has doctorate in political science at the London School of Economics. In the past he worked as Professor of Global Affairs at New York University, he was head of History at Keele University in the UK. He was also a special advisor at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, covering post-Soviet organised crime and Russian security and intelligence services, and visiting professor at Rutgers—Newark, Charles University (Prague), and MGIMO (Moscow). He has authored and edited several books (his most recent, Hybrid War or Gibridnaya Voina? Getting Russia’s non-linear military challenge rightcame out in 2016, forthcoming in 2017  is The Modern Russian Army, 1992 – 2016) and published numerous articles in the academic, professional and popular press. He writes his own blog - In Moscow's Shadows – about Russian crime and security. He also contributes articles to The Moscow Times and War on the Rocks and is a contributing editor to Business New Europe.

Martin Hála

Martin Hala (Ph.D.) is sinologist, lecturer, founder and director of Sinopsis.cz, a joint project between AcaMedia and the Institute of East Asian Studies at Charles University in Prague. He studied in Prague, Shanghai, Berkeley and Harvard, taught in Prague and Bratislava and led projects in various countries in Asia. In 2014 - 15, he was the Regional Manager for Asia Pacific at the Open Society Foundations.

Peter Pomerantsev

TV producer based in London and author of a study on Russia's weaponization of information, culture, and money, and a book, Nothing Is True and Everything Is Possible, about working inside Vladimir Putin’s postmodern dictatorship. Peter Pomerantsev, was born in Kiev and raised in England, and came to Moscow in the early 2000s to work in their fast-growing television and film industry. The job gave him first-hand access to every aspect of the country, and to the elite Russian rich in London and the west. He is an award-winning contributor to the London Review of Books and his writing has been published in the Financial Times, New Yorker, Wall Street Journal, Foreign Policy, Daily Beast, Newsweek and Le Monde Diplomatique, among others. He has also worked as a consultant for the EU and World Bank. Currently, he is a Senior Fellow to the Transitions Forum at the Legatum Institute.

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About Prague Media Point

Prague Media Point is an annual international conference, dedicated to discussing the changing media landscape in a professional, political, economic, and social context. These events gather leading academics, journalists, media executives, and experts from around the world to exchange experiences, establish new contacts, and debate challenges facing both traditional and new media.

The Prague Media Point project evolved from the 25 Years After Conference, which took place in 2014 and focused on the transformation of the media industries in Central and Eastern Europe since the fall of the Berlin Wall. The 2015 edition, Populism, Authoritarianism, and the Media: The Age of Mediocracy and Mediacracy, addressed the influence of authoritarianism and populism on the development of the media and communication industries. The 2016 edition: Media and Migration, addressed  the broad topic of media and migration, focusing on topics such as the role of the media in the refugee crisis; media depictions of immigrant and migrant communities; and the media’s influence on belonging and identity – especially in the context of transnationalism, multiculturalism, and a globalized world. In November 2016 Prague Media Point was organized as an ECREA pre-conference.

The project is organized by and is a result of cooperation between KEYNOTE and Transitions (TOL):

 

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KEYNOTE is an experienced, well established consultancy and production firm that deploys unique conference design capabilities and organizational acumen. We can develop each event from an initial concept, through a thorough planning and preparation period, to a successful execution. We are aware of the importance of event follow-up, sharing outcomes, and developing long-term sustainable knowledge-based networks.

The KEYNOTE team and our pool of highly qualified and experienced collaborators focus principally on politics, international relations, security, civil society, new social trends, and business. We regularly cooperate with a number of highly respected speakers in these areas.

We have implemented or are currently implementing projects in cooperation with notable partners that include the Aspen Institute, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Brookings Institution, Transitions (TOL), Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic, Bata Shoe Foundation, European Commission, European Parliament, Deloitte, and the University of Pittsburgh. We permanently operate in close cooperation with the Forum 2000 Foundation.

 

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Transitions (TOL) was founded in 1999 and is a leading online newsmagazine and media development organization with a mission of actively championing democracy, pluralism, and freedom of expression. We do this by strengthening the professionalism, independence, and impact of media and civil society organizations, with a special focus on Central and Eastern Europe, the Balkans, and the former Soviet Union.

Over the past 15 years has built up a reputation as one of Central Europe’s leading journalism educators. To date, over 5,000 journalists and student-journalists from around the world have passed through TOL’s training programs, which have specialized in journalism and new media instruction. Throughout the year, TOL offers courses focused on a number of beats and methods of reporting. The courses include initial online sessions before students arrive in Prague and then at least a week of lectures and reporting experience in the Czech Republic, led by top-notch journalists working for either international (the BBC, AP, NPR, The Economist, The New York Times, etc.) or Czech media. The TOL study abroad programs are reporting-based, which means that after morning lectures, students get out of the classroom and report real stories under the guidance of their instructors. At TOL we believe in close, personalized attention to each student, and instructors provide individualized assistance and guidance for every student as they pitch, develop, report and write their stories.

Call for papers & Registrations Deadlines

Media in the Post-Truth World: The New Marketplace of (Dis)information

Prague Media Point Conference 2017

Call for Papers

Prague, 2-4 November 2017

The surprising decision of the UK to depart the EU and equally stunning win of Donald Trump in the U.S. presidential elections have provided dramatic confirmation of long-term trends in the way people consume information, providing further evidence that so-called legacy media are now playing an even smaller role in influencing individual choice.The central challenges facing the media in 2017 are to regain some of the lost credibility that has led to a general lack of trust and also identify new roles or redefine old ones in the current communication ecosystem. What then is the mix of old and new in the marketplace of ideas affecting people’s political choices and overall local and worldviews? What sources are now most trusted, and do gatekeepers matter anymore? Are people even searching for the “truth” or simply what fits their already-predefined opinions?


Possible topics include but are by no means limited to:

Media and Politics

  • The media’s role in the Brexit and Trump campaigns, as well as lessons learned  from upcoming elections in France, Germany, and the Netherlands

  • The impact of celebrity endorsements

  • WikiLeaks’ role in the U.S. presidential campaign

  • The effect of the media on voting behavior in elections and plebiscites

  • Political satire, talk shows, and humor in the media

  • Populists’ use of the media, especially to polarize audiences

  • Hate speech, including in political campaigns

  • The role of “outside” media actors in influencing domestic elections

 

(Dis)information Channels – Public Opinion and the Media

  • The power of disinformation and propaganda

  • Media literacy as a possible antidote, with an emphasis on best practices

  • The influence of fake news and conspiracy theories on public opinion

  • Lessons learned from attempts to counter disinformation and fake news, including new verification tactics and tools

  • Best practices in debunking myths and manipulation

  • Fact checking in response to media reporting

  • The responsibility of the technology giants in the fake news phenomenon, as well as the role of automated algorithms

  • The growing influence of alternative media narratives

  • The role of social networks as new information channels

  • Echo chambers, selective exposure, and filter bubbles

  • The impact of memes and other viral, non-traditional content

  • Pre-election polling and public opinion

  • Political and ideological polarization in media coverage and/or media consumption

 

Media Ownership

  • Oligarchs as media owners and self-censorship

  • The role of public media and government-controlled media in setting the agenda

  • The declining impact of traditional media and the challenge of financial    sustainability

  • Fake news as a revenue source for both companies and individuals.

     

Please submit your 500-word abstracts and a short bio by June 15, 2017. Please suggest 5-10 keywords that can be used for describing the content of the abstract. The abstracts will be subjected to a peer review process and should be submitted to:spata@keynote.cz
The abstract submission is closed, however if you think that the topic of your research is highly valuable to the theme of the conference, do not hesitate to contact us.

The organizers have reserved a number of spaces for non-presenting conference attendees. If you wish to register as a non-presenting participant, we kindly ask you to pay the registration fee through the payment gateway, which can be accessed by clicking on the “Registration Payment” button on this page.

We also provide non-presenting students the possibility of applying for a limited number of free registration spaces for the conference. If you want to apply, please contact Martin Špáta at spata@keynote.cz.

 

Registration and Deadlines

Deadlines

Abstract submission deadline - EXTENDED

Jun 15, 2017

Notification of acceptance

July 1, 2017

Early bird registration deadline

August 31, 2017

Full paper submission

October 15, 2017

Regular conference registration deadline

October 15, 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Conference fee
Early bird fee (submission of payment by August 31, 2017) 

Basic

 

€ 220

ECREA and CISS members, and Charles University faculty

 

€ 195

PhD students

 

€ 90

 

 

 

 

Regular conference fee (submission of payment by October 15, 2017) 

Basic

 

€ 250

ECREA and CISS members, and Charles University faculty

 

€ 220

Non-presenting participants

 

€ 145

PhD students

 

€ 110

 

 

 

 


Registration fee includes: all conference sessions, daily refreshments and lunch, conference documents, certificate of attendance, and optional site visits to Czech-based media organizations.  

 

Registration

In order to complete your registration, we kindly ask you to go through all three steps listed below by the relevant deadlines.

1.

Submit your abstract and complete the initial registration

 

Deadline June 15, 2017 (EXTENDED)
 

2.

Submit your full paper

 

Deadline October 15, 2017

3.

Registration Fee (please click on the “Registration Payment” button in order to proceed to the payment)

 

Deadline(Early bird) August 31, 2017;
Deadline(Regular) October 15, 2017

 

 

 

 

 

  

 Register as a non-presenting participant



Refund Policy

Conference registrants cancelling their registration on or before October 25, 2017 will receive a refund of the conference registration fee, less a 40 EUR administrative fee. Written requests for cancellation must be emailed to spata@keynote.cz .
Please note: No refunds will be given after October 25, 2017  

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