European Media Freedom Conference 2016 has ended

The 2nd European Media Freedom Conference is taking place at the Media Campus Villa Ida (Leipzig School of Media) of Media Foundation of Sparkasse Leipzig.

After our inaugural conference in 2015 the this year´s focus is on the topic of "working together for independent journalism – powerful journalism networks".

The conference wraps up a series of major press freedom events in 2016. Set against the backdrop of newly-elected governments, restrictive media legislation and multifaceted threats to journalists across Europe, the conference provides insight in the current debates on freedom of expression and independent journalism.

Speakers and participants from all over Europe and a variety of backgrounds (such as media law, academia, independent media outlets, the political sphere etc.) will contribute to the discussions, making the conference the "place to be" for an update on press and media freedom this autumn.

Attending organisations are: ECPMF, Osservatorio Balcani e Caucaso (OBC), Journalismfund.eu, Ossigeno per l´ Iinformazione, South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO), Index on Censorship and many others.

The conference language is English.

Tickets can be bought via Eventbrite on this page (see link below).
Please check our conference page for venue and further details https://2016.ecpmf.eu/

Please note: Programme and speakers change constantly, because we are working until the very last minute to integrate latest developments in press and media freedom in the conference!

Friday, October 7 • 10:45 - 12:00
Paying for journalism - the good news!

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In times of austerity, states of emergency and digital disruption to the media industries it seems the news is only bad. Thousands of journalists are jobless. Hundreds of thousands others work for low pay or no pay in precarious freelance careers.

But there is hope!

The panel introduces several European funds, funding bodies and shares important "lessons learnt" and solutions. These include experience with crowd-funding, membership organisations, co-operatives etc.

In this world cafe event we share the good news and ask the tough question: can funded journalists be really independent? Does the watchdog dare to bite the hand that feeds it?

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Brigitte Alfter

Editor Europe, Journalismfund.eu
Editor Europe at Journalismfund.eu, a support structure for investigative journalism in Europe. External lecturer in journalism at Roskilde University (on leave). Lived in Brussels from 2004-2008 working as EU-correspondent for Danish daily Information, since then back in Copen... Read More →

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Stefan Candea

co-founder, coordinator, European Investigative Collaborations
Currently I am the coordinator of the EIC network.My work started with covering organized crime across borders in România at the end of the 90’s. Mid 2015 I co-founded EIC as a network_by_agreement between media organisations and currently I coordinate the editorial and technological projects between @derspiegel @destandaard... Read More →
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Neil Erskine

Journalist, Byline
Neil Erskine joined Byline in May 2016 to help set out the next phase of development of its digital capability. Neil has a background in information and data management across a variety of size of organisations. Most recently Neil undertook a global role for a FTSE 100 Energy company... Read More →
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Dr. Christian Humborg

Executive Director, CORRECT!V
Christian managed the non-profit, anti-corruption organization Transparency International Germany from 2007 to 2014. Before this, he spent eight years in the commercial sector. Christian studied in Constance and Leiden. He has a doctorate in business economics. He has worked in Berlin... Read More →
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Algirdas Lipstas

Deputy Director, Open Society Foundations
Algirdas Lipstas joined the Media Program (now the Program on Independent Journalism) in 1997 as project manager in charge primarily of support to journalism training projects. This included work with mid-career journalism training institutions in Open Society’s “traditional... Read More →
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Tassos Morfis

Co-founder, journalist, Athens Live! Crowdfunded independent news portal
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Sarah Schmidt

Robert Bosch Foundation
Sarah Schmidt has been working at Robert Bosch Stiftung in Stuttgart since October 2014. Since March 2016 she supports the Global Media team, before that she worked in the team for international cultural exchange. She obtained her master’s degree in Comparative Literature, Cultural... Read More →

Friday October 7, 2016 10:45 - 12:00 CEST
Schiller hall Ground Floor

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