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Journalism and Responsibility

When the 33rd MEDIENTAGE MÜNCHEN, held from 23 to 25 October 2019 under the motto “NEXT DIGITAL LEVEL – Let’s build the Media we want!” at the ICM of Messe München, comprehensively examines the progressing mechanisation, the question will also be: How do media in the digital society manage to regain the trust they deserve as multipliers? Investigative journalism plays an important role for democracy: it provides information.

The JOURNALISM SUMMIT on 25 October at the Main Stage will focus on how today’s “Bob Woodwards” work. “Panama Papers, Ibiza-Gate or Football Leaks: Investigative journalism between cliché and hard reality” is the motto. Anette Dowideit, chief reporter in the investigative team of the Springer brand WELT, Elena Kuchaus from the NDR Investigation department, Bloomberg reporter Tim Loh, Frederik Obermaier, editor behind the coverage of the “Panama Papers” in the Süddeutsche Zeitung, and Jörg Schmitt, investigative journalist at SPIEGEL, report on their everyday lives. How does investigative research work today? How do editorial offices often deal with huge amounts of data? How can this be financed?

SPIEGEL-Reporter Juan Moreno

Before that, Juan Moreno enters the Main Stage. The journalist works as a freelance reporter for SPIEGEL. He questioned content and information that his award-winning, permanently employed colleague Claas Relotius incorporated into joint works. His mistrust was justified, as we know today: Moreno has just published his book on the case. In “A Thousand Lines of Lie”, the journalist describes how the “System Relotius” was able to function for so long. Moreno speaks at the conference on 25 October under the heading “The Relotius case and its consequences for journalism”.  

Ethical questions in today’s journalism will also be discussed right at the beginning of the three-day conference: On the subject of “Next Social Level – What responsibility do media and platforms bear”, Conrad Albert (ProSiebenSat.1 Media), Jesper Doub (Facebook), Heike Raab (State Secretary, Plenipotentiary of the State of Rhineland-Palatinate at the Federal Government and for Europe, for Media and Digital Affairs), Ulrich Wilhelm (BR) and Corinna Milborn (PULS 4) will discuss the topic at the MEDIENTAGE Summit on October 23 at the Main Stage. And Dominique Delport, President International at VICE Media, will demonstrate on October 23 how media and brands can build trust with Generation Z.