News Impact Summit - 6 December 2019

Munich

Identity & Inclusion: Local News With Diverse Voices

Identity & Inclusion: Local News With Diverse Voices


On Friday 6 December, the News Impact Summit will land in Munich to discuss diversity and inclusion in the newsrooms and the news.

Phenomena such as migration, climate change, conflict, and digital development have changed our notions of identity and inclusion, reshaping the way people see themselves and the world. Our identity directly affects the stories we tell and how we tell them. Identity, inclusion and local news are the keywords at this event where journalists, media experts, and partners will show how the media, specially local initiatives, can produce better journalism, engage with and recover the trust of its audience through diversity.

In this Summit, we will look into the possibilities newsrooms to be more inclusive and generate content that captures and discusses the challenges of their communities. We will present initiatives that are reaching underserved communities by innovating with training and storytelling. And others that are investing in diverse teams and new storytelling formats to talk about, and challenge, stereotypes of poverty, discrimination, and gender.

Speakers will discuss diversity as fact-checking and share about technology that can make newsrooms and content more inclusive. Experts will also share hands-on solutions to discuss issues of identity and make journalistic coverage more representative.

This event is organised by the European Journalism Centre and powered by the Google News Initiative. Free entrance.

More information TBA! Register below to save your seat.

  • Programme

    08.45 - 9.45
    Registrations & good morning coffee

    Pick up your badge, grab a coffee, meet someone you don't know yet, and get ready for an inspiring day.

    9:45 - 10:00
    Welcome remarks & intro to the programme
    Adam Thomas
    European Journalism Centre
    Isabelle Sonnenfeld
    Google News Lab
    Vera Penêda
    European Journalism Centre
    10:00 - 10:15
    Ignite talk: Why is diversity a challenge in the newsroom?

    with Charlotte Haunhorst, jetzt.de

    Charlotte Haunhorst
    JETZT (Süddeutsche Zeitung)
    10:15 - 11:00
    Lightning talks: Diversity, the main driver of quality journalism

    1. Unbias the news: why diversity matters for journalism?

    with Tina Lee, Hostwriter

    How can newsrooms and journalists ‘unbias’ the news? Tina Lee will run us through Unbias the News: Why diversity matters for journalism, a guide of solutions to introduce diversity in the newsroom and how collaboration can help us uncover stories we would otherwise have missed. Tina, who is the editor-in-chief of the book, will explain how diversity is key in fact-checking and as a strategy to regain trust in journalism and the media.

    2. 180 degrees - Stories against hatred: a podcast to overcome polarisation & prejudice

    with Bastian Berbner, Die Zeit

    Bastian traveled the world for three years to find out what solutions societies have found to fight hatred and bridge division. In eight countries he interviewed individuals who overcame racism, sexism, homophobia and radicalism, ranging from a policeman and a jihadist who became friends to a neo-nazis and anarchists who became close. In his podcast 180 Degrees – Stories against hate (180 Grad – Geschichten gegen den Hass) he shows through personal narratives how dialogue and storytelling can change mindsets and laws towards a more peaceful and tolerant society.

    3. Diversity: it's not a bug, it's a feature

    with Susanne Klingner, Plan W (Süddeutsche Zeitung)

    The creator of Plan W, a magazine that features stories of women in business, Susanne will share with the audience solutions to increase diversity in the media. She will talk about how to find and support diverse talent in the newsroom and why diverse teams are a better and more sustainable solution for media organisations and products.

    Tina Lee
    Hostwriter
    Susanne Klingner
    hauseins
    Germany
    11:00 - 11:30
    Conversation: How to advance gender balance in the newsroom?

    Edith Heitkämper, from ProQuote Medien, will moderate this conversation with Teresa Bücker, a German journalist, and former editor-in-chief of Edition F; Lara Joannides, who leads the BBC Project 50:50 & Marverine Cole, a journalist and lecturer at Birmingham City University. The dialogue will revolve around recent data on female representation in newsrooms in Germany and abroad, and point out recommendations to improve gender balance at the decision-making level in media organisations.

    Edith Heitkämper
    ProQuote Medien
    Teresa Bücker
    Freelancer
    Marverine Cole
    Birmingham City University
    Lara Joannides
    BBC - 50:50 Project
    11:30 - 11:45
    Coffee break & Networking
    11:45 - 12:45
    First Round of Breakout Sessions

    1. #IamRemarkable, how Google welcomes diversity in the workplace

    With Florian Ahle, Google Digital Academy

    #IamRemarkable is a Google initiative that strives to empower women and underrepresented groups to celebrate their achievements in the workplace and beyond. The workshop invites participants to reflect on the identity traits that make them strong and motivates them to speak openly about their achievements in front of peers and management.

    2. Reporting without prejudice: guidelines for inclusive journalism (session in German)

    With Konstantina Vassiliou-Enz, Neue Deutsche Medienmacher*innen

    From language awareness to visual reporting, during this session, Konstantina will provide guidance, best practices, and insights for inclusive journalism when covering issues of migration and minorities, and how such guidelines related to reporting on the LGBTIQ community or people with disabilities.

    Florian Ahle
    Google Digital Academy
    Konstantina Vassiliou-Enz
    Neue deutsche Medienmacher*innen
    12:45 - 14:30
    Lunch & Networking

    Lunch will be provided at the venue.

    14:30 - 14:45
    Keynote Talk - Diversity sparks dialogue: how the media can help shape our new identity

    With Jaafar Abdul-Karim

    The award-winning host of the TV show 'Jaafar Talk,' Jaafar Abdul Karim, aims at building bridges between Europe and the Arab world by asking questions. In his show he brings controversial guests face-to-face - politicians and refugees, far-right members and migrants - and invites them to discuss divisive issues that range from identity and racism to polygamy, gender, integration, and violence. On this occasion, Jaafar will switch roles and take the stage as a guest to share some of his own stories, as a migrant and a journalist, on how the media can help break stereotypes and spark a dialogue about identity.

    Jaafar Abdul-Karim
    Deutsche Welle
    14:45 - 15:00
    The East-West divide: how can local news be more diverse and representative?

    With Jan Hollitzer

    In Germany, 30 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, the citizens of East Germany are still unrepresented in the media. Jan Hollitzer recently returned to his hometown Erfurt, the capital of Thuringia in East Germany, to become editor-in-chief at the Thüringer Allgemeine. Jan will explain the challenges local media face when it comes to diversity. We will also learn how the newspaper’s new interactive tool to cover local elections in October helped tackle identity and polarisation in communities that are often disengaged from the political debate.

    Jan Hollitzer
    Thüringer Allgemeine
    15:00 - 15:10
    Room change
    15:10 - 16:10
    Second Round of Breakout Sessions

    1. A toolkit to cover intra-migration issues

    with Rob McNeill, Migration Observatory at Oxford University

    Who is moving where, when and why within the EU? How does EU-migration impact the labour market and fiscal policy? How has the media covered intra-EU mobility in Germany and other EU countries? In this session, we will learn about REMINDER (‘Role of European Mobility and its Impacts in Debates, Narratives, and EU Reforms’) and be the first to take a look at a beta version of a new toolkit that will help journalists cover migration. The toolkit covers access to data, language, the impact of migration, attitudes toward migration, laws, regulations, and public policy.

    2. Your checklist for inclusive journalism: best practices, tips & tools

    with Asma Abidi, ICFJ

    Learn from Asma, a trainer of journalists, on the best practices for covering social issues that dwell on ethnic minorities, gender and LGBTQ, migration, etc. Asma is an award-winning journalist from Tunisia. Her reporting focuses on migration, human rights and social transformations in the Arab region after the uprisings.

    3. A matter of data, policy, and strategies: how diverse is German media?

    The lack of data about diversity in German newsrooms is blocking the debate around the best media practices and policy changes necessary to make the media more representative and culturally diverse. Christine Horz and the Neue Deustche Medienmacher*innen are currently conducting a study to find out more about the participation of people with migration backgrounds in German newsrooms. Christine will provide an overview of the key points of the research and provide recommendations on the best practices for editors-in-chief to make diversity a priority in the newsroom.

    Robert McNeil
    Oxford University
    Christine Horz
    Ruhr-University Bochum
    16:10 - 16:15
    Quick coffee break
    16:15 - 17:00
    Lightning talks: Diversity, the main driver of quality journalism

    1. Training local immigrants with the skills to their own stories

    with Iliana Panpangeli, Solomon

    Greek non-profit Solomon uses media as a tool for social inclusion. Iliana Papangeli will tell us how Solomon trained migrants and refugees in storytelling, photography, and film-making to boost diversity and community storytelling in Greek media.

    2. All-female Academy is driving diversity into Dutch media

    with Hadjar Benmiloud, Vileine Academy

    A spin-off of a digital magazine for women, Vileine Academy is a seven-month training programme to teach aspiring female journalists new skills. The programme guarantees placements at established Dutch news organisations, with the goal of increasing the representation of women in media.

    3. Halbe Katoffl: a podcast to showcase diversity in German society

    with Frank Joung, Halbe Katoffl

    The Halbe Katoffl podcast is a series of talks with Germans who have non-German roots. Some have a German passport or a German parent, some have been born, raised or moved to Germany. Berlin-based journalist Frank Joung, who created the podcast and has Korean roots, will share more on the importance of listening to migration stories of “half-potato” people to reckon with one's identity and be proud of the diversity in Germany.

    Frank Joung
    Halbe Katoffl
    17:00 - 17:10
    Wrap-up & final remarks
    17:10 - 18:00
    Networking drinks

    Venue

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    Google Munich

    Confirmed Speakers

    Charlotte Haunhorst

    JETZT (Süddeutsche Zeitung)

    Jaafar Abdul-Karim

    Deutsche Welle

    Teresa Bücker

    Freelancer

    Konstantina Vassiliou-Enz

    Neue deutsche Medienmacher*innen

    Robert McNeil

    Oxford University

    Marverine Cole

    Birmingham City University

    Lara Joannides

    BBC - 50:50 Project

    Frank Joung

    Halbe Katoffl

    Susanne Klingner

    hauseins
    Germany

    Florian Ahle

    Google Digital Academy

    Hadjar Benmiloud

    Vileine Academy

    Edith Heitkämper

    ProQuote Medien

    Christine Horz

    Ruhr-University Bochum
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