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

Event overview

In an increasingly unstable world, independent media are facing unprecedented challenges. Journalism’s role in a democracy to represent the public interest is being actively undermined by declining audiences, diverse social media actors, and business and political interests. Trust in the media is in a dire state. At the same time, digital technology offers still untapped potential and opportunities for media to recover their crucial place in society, especially through offering quality journalism in varied formats to both traditional and neglected audiences.

Over the course of three days, the conference tackled a wide range of related themes, through a series of academic presentations, panels with some of the top editors in Europe, and keynote speeches from both scholars and media experts. We explored innovative business models, new technique in reporting, artificial intelligence, methods for reaching new readers, and reestablishing trust in the media in these times of political and societal turmoil.


  • Gunn Enli, Professor of Media Studies, University of Oslo (Norway)
  • Matúš Kostolný, Editor-in-Chief, Denník N (Slovakia)
  • Stuart N. Brotman, Professor of Media Management and Law, Professor of Journalism and Electronic Media, University of Tennessee (USA)
  • Piotr Pacewicz, Editor-in-Chief, (Poland)
  • Gábor Kardocs, CEO, (Hungary)
  • Michael Fleischhacker, talkshow host, Publisher & Editor, (Austria)
  • Ines Kappert, Head of Gunda Werner Institute, Heinrich Böll Stiftung (Germany)
  • Noura Maan, Foreign Desk Writer, DER STANDARD (Austria)
  • Markus Hametner, Data Journalist, (Austria)
  • Marcel Bachran, Designer, Edenspiekermann (Germany)

For more information go to our conference website

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. The project is also co-financed by the Czech-German Future Fund.


International Visegrad Fund, Czech-German Future 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, Embassy of Sweden in Prague.



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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 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.

Markus Hametner

Markus »fin« Hametner has been building bridges between tech and journalism since 2011. He's a data journalist at the investigative journalism outlet, where he covers complex issues using data, statistics and interactive data visualizations. He has co-founded “Forum Informationsfreiheit”, the Austrian campaign for a Freedom of Information law, and has won multiple high-profile lawsuits against public bodies that denied him information. Photo credit: Christian Müller

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.

Michael Fleischhacker

Michael Fleischhacker has been a journalist for a quarter of a century. He worked at "Kleine Zeitung", "Der Standard", "Die Presse", as the Editor-in-Chief, and He is an author of several books on media. Since 2014 he has been hosting the weekly political talk show "Talk in Hangar-7" on ServusTV. He is the founding member of Quo Vadis Veritas and the editor and publisher of the QVV project, an independent media and research platform that aims to restore a common evidence base for a qualified political debate in the media. 

Noura Maan

Noura Maan is a journalist at the foreign desk of the Austrian daily newspaper DER STANDARD, where she works in a combined print/online newsroom. She focuses mainly on US-politics and right wing populism. Before she joined DER STANDARD in 2014, she studied history and political science at the University of Vienna and worked as a freelancer for several media outlets, for example the Associated Press. Photo credit: Matthias Cremer

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About the Project

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 other experts to exchange experiences, establish new relationships and debate the challenges facing both traditional and new media. The issues are presented in an international context with a focus on the Central and Eastern European regions with their particular issues to solve.

Prague Media Point is organized by Transitions, a non-profit 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.

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