Prague Media Point 2018

Media and Technology: Innovative Journalism in a Contested Political Space
When: Nov 15th, 2018 - Nov 17th, 2018
Where: Prague, Czech Republic

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Event overview

Prague Media Point is a series of annual international conferences and the 2018 installment will focus on how technological advances can assist or undermine media in fulfilling their democratic role.

In an increasingly unstable world, independent media are facing unprecedented challenges. Journalism’s role in democracy to represent the public interest is being actively undermined by declining audiences, economic (un)sustainability, and business and political interests. All these challenges are, in some form, connected to recent and rapid technological developments that have altered the way information is spread.

Despite these challenges, digital technology still holds untapped potential and opportunities for media. All over the world media entrepreneurs are working on innovative business models, ways of reporting, reaching their audience and diversifying their voice. In a world where democratic values are being questioned, many are becoming acutely aware of the need for reliable and well-researched stories.

The conference will address the following questions:

  • What are the leading examples of sustainable media strategies successfully incorporating digital technology? 
  • Is a more innovative use of digital technology combined with editorial diversity the answer to bridging the polarization of society? 
  • How can digital tools be used to help build trust and champion the public interest in this contested political space?
  • Has technology been a boon or bane to journalism overall, and where does the future lie?

Among our confirmed speakers are: 
 
 
  • Libby Liu, President, Radio Free Asia (USA)
  • Gunn Enli, Professor of Media Studies, University of Oslo (Norway)
  • Christian Hanke, Creative Director and Partner, Edenspiekermann (Germany)
  • Matúš Kostolný, Editor-in-Chief, Denník N (Slovakia)
  • Tony Curzon Price, Contributing Editor, openDemocracy (United Kingdom)
  • Václav Štětka, Lecturer in Communication and Media Studies, Loughborough University (Czech University)
  • Christian Christiansen, Professor of Media Studies, University of Stockholm (Sweden/USA)
  • Piotr Pacewicz, Editor-in-Chief, OKO.press (Poland)
  • Gábor Kardocs, CEO, 444.hu (Hungary)

For more information on attendance and/or paper presentation consult the call for papers section of our site.

Prague Media Point is an annual international conference, dedicated to discussing the changing media landscape in a professional, political, economic, and social context. The aim is to gather leading scholars, journalists, media executives, and experts to exchange experiences, establish new relationshipss, and debate challenges facing, both traditional and new media. The issues are presented in an international context with a focus on the Visegrad, Central European and Eastern European regions with its particular challenges.

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.

Conference partners: International Visegrad Fund, Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung Prague, Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Prague, Institute of Communication Studies and Journalism at Charles University, Comparative Interdisciplinary Studies Section (CISS) of the International Studies Association (ISA), Endowment Fund for Independent Journalism, Syndicate of Journalists of the Czech Republic, New York University Prague, Embassy of the Kingdom of Norway in Prague, Austrian Cultural Forum in Prague.

The project is co-financed by the Governments of Czechia, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia through Visegrad Grants from International Visegrad Fund. The mission of the fund is to advance ideas for sustainable regional cooperation in Central Europe. Detailed information about the Visegrad project is available here

Program

To be announced

Keynote speakers

Gunn S. Enli

Gunn Enli, PhD, is a professor of Media Studies at the Department of Media and Communication, University of Oslo, Norway. She has published widely in the fields of media policy, political communication, and social media. Her most recent books include The Routledge Companion to Social Media and Politics (2016), Mediated Authenticity: How the Media Constructs Reality (2015), and The Media Welfare State. Nordic Media in the Digital Era (2014). Enli engages in public debates about media and politics, and she is regularly interviewed as an expert in Norwegian media. She has been a visiting researcher at the London School of Economics, and has given invited talks and key notes in Europe, Australia and the USA.

Christian Hanke

Christian Hanke is Creative Director and Partner at Edenspiekermann. He is one of the leading experts in the development of new content experiences for media houses and brands, which he develops in close cooperation with their editorial and product teams. His work ranges from media companies such as The Economist, Zeit Online, NZZ, ProSiebenSat1 and Ringier to global consumer brands such as Red Bull and Red Bull Media House. He has won support from the Google Digital News Initiative for petito.ch and POST two innovation projects in collaboration with editorial offices.

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.

Libby Liu

Libby Liu is the President of Radio Free Asia. She also presides over Radio Free Asia’s Internet freedom program, The Open Technology Fund, and BenarNews. Ms. Liu is dedicated to RFA’s mission of providing balanced, objective news to listeners in East Asian countries where such news is unavailable.
She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of California-Berkeley, an MBA from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and a J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania.

Matúš Kostolný

Matúš Kostolný graduated from the journalism program at the Philosophical Faculty and international relations at the Faculty of Law, Comenius University in Bratislava. In 1994 he started working as a writer in the international department of the SME daily. He remained there for another 20 years as the editor of the international department, deputy Editor-in-Chief, and during the last eight years took the role of Editor-in Chief. Currently, he is the Co-Founder and Editor-in-Chief of the independent Slovak daily news source Denník N.

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Call for papers & Registrations Deadlines

CALL FOR CONFERENCE PAPERS

In an increasingly unstable world, independent media are facing unprecedented challenges. Journalism’s crucial role to represent the public interest is being actively undermined by declining audiences, upended business models, and the emergence of alternative sources of content. The net result is disturbingly low levels of trust among consumers who complain about political and business agendas, fake news, and low-quality media overall.

All these challenges are, in some form, connected to recent and rapid technological developments that have altered the way information is spread. Social media, in particular, has helped blur the lines between fact-based journalism, disinformation, and outright propaganda, as individuals sink deeper and deeper into their own echo-chambers.

Despite these challenges, digital technology still holds untapped potential and opportunities for the media. Across the world, media entrepreneurs are working on creative start-ups, innovative business models, and new ways of both reporting and delivering that content to their audiences.

What are the leading examples of sustainable media strategies successfully incorporating digital technology? Is a more innovative use of digital technology combined with editorial diversity the answer to bridging the polarization of society? How can digital tools be used to help build trust and champion the public interest in this contested political space? Has technology been a boon or bane to journalism overall, and where does the future lie?

In this latest addition of the Prague Media Point, we will look at those questions in one of the few international conferences that bring together scholars, media professionals, and press freedom activists to discuss and debate the pressing issues of the day.

Possible topics include but are by no means limited to:

  • Digitally aided journalism practices and all the trends that affect content production. Proposed papers in this area may cover new forms of data journalism, experiments in virtual reality/immersive story-telling, mobile reporting investigation, reporting, and visualization, such as automation, augmentation, and AI in the newsroom. This area also includes the use of digital tools in overcoming the lack of gender diversity, political polarization, and other problems.
  • Digitally aided entrepreneurial practices in media and audience engagement. This area will focus on innovative and disruptive business models and issues affecting revenue streams. This includes the role of big tech companies, membership/subscription strategies, and aggregation platforms. Additionally, this topic will explore, for example, the issues of personalized user experience, new ways of audience engagement and reaching neglected target groups, and tactics for overcoming the digital divide.
  • Policy and governance issues in media and technology. This area will center on regulations affecting the work of digital media outlets such as legal norms, censorship, net neutrality, and policy responses to the avalanche of fake news and disinformation. This area could also address the role of public service media.

We welcome proposals from scholars from any discipline, inter-discipline, or scholarly field.
Submit your 500-word abstracts and a short bio to: caspe@keynote.cz.

Download our abstract template.

Deadlines

Abstract submission deadline (EXTENDED) Jun 15, 2018
Notification of acceptance    Jun 30, 2018
Early bird payment deadline Jul 31, 2018
Regular payment deadline for presenting participants Sep 27, 2018
Full paper submission Oct 11, 2018
Regular payment deadline for non-presenting participants Oct 11, 2018

 

 

 

 

Conference fees

 

Early bird (payment
reception by Jul 31, 2018)

 

Regular (payment reception by
Sep 27 or Oct 11, 2018; see above)

Basic € 220 € 250

ECREA, ICA, CISS members,
and Charles University faculty

€ 195 € 220
Non-presenting participants N/A € 145
PhD students € 90 € 110


 

 

 

 

Registration fee includes: all conference sessions, coffee breaks and lunch, conference documents, certificate of attendance, and optional site visits to Czech-based media organizations. Please pay through our gateway, which can be accessed through the “Registration payment” button. A limited number of free spaces will be available for non-presenting students, please write to caspe@keynote.cz to receive more details.

Refund Policy
If you cancel your registration on October 25, 2018 at the latest, you will receive a refund of the registration fee. However, the 40 EUR administrative fee is non-refundable. Written requests for cancellation must be emailed to caspe@keynote.cz. No refunds will be given after October 25, 2018.

Venue
The opening session will be held at the German Embassy in Prague. The conference venue will be announced. 

Accommodation
Conference attendees may register at the Leonardo Hotel for the price of 99 EUR/night/single room or 109 EUR/night/double room, the capacity is limited. 

Prague
Come participate in this much anticipated conference in Prague, one of the most beautiful cities in the world whose center is on the UNESCO list. In addition, you will have the opportunity to join in the city’s famous, lively street festivities occurring on November 17, 2018 – the day Czechs celebrate the Velvet Revolution of 1989.

Conference partners
International Visegrad Fund
, Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung Prague, Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Prague, Institute of Communication Studies and Journalism at Charles University, Comparative Interdisciplinary Studies Section (CISS) of the International Studies Association (ISA), Endowment Fund for Independent Journalism, Syndicate of Journalists of the Czech Republic, New York University Prague, Embassy of the Kingdom of Norway in Prague, Austrian Cultural Forum in Prague.

The project is co-financed by the Governments of Czechia, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia through Visegrad Grants from International Visegrad Fund. The mission of the fund is to advance ideas for sustainable regional cooperation in Central Europe. Detailed information about the Visegrad project is available here.