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#MTMdigitalks – Volume 2

The Online Series of Medientage München – Volume 2

13th May 2020 | 3:30 – 5:35 pm on live stream

What is good journalism in corona times?

The second issue of #MTMdigitalks, the online series of MEDIENTAGE MÜNCHEN, deals with the opportunities and challenges for journalism in corona times.

The corona crisis creates an exceptional situation in all areas of life in a way most of us have never experienced before. Almost overnight, journalists and media makers are confronted with a flood and, above all, with a completely new variety of challenges: Declining advertising revenues lead to short-time work and layoffs. Remote work and contact restrictions significantly change investigation and familiar content creation processes. The pressure to report quickly and scientifically correct on all developments around the corona crisis is enormous; the public tolerance for error is zero.
However, the great demand for good media and comprehensive reporting also offers many opportunities to launch new formats, adjust content strategies and further optimize one’s own journalistic work. Today, journalists can experience the meaningfulness and social effectiveness of their profession more directly than ever before. Without their contribution, a good social crisis management is not possible.
But what are the biggest risks of error in corona reporting? Science and news media, a difficult relationship between completely different areas: How can they work together more closely without conflict and perhaps continue doing so even after the pandemic? What can news journalists learn from science journalists? How can media criticism be evaluated and productively used for own purposes? And how should content that has nothing to do with corona be offered?
On May 13th, media experts, journalists and scientists will present in a live stream video conference how they deal with the current situation and what the learnings of the crisis could mean for the future of journalism.
Please note that most of the videos are in German.

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  3:30 p.m
Stefan Sutor, Managing Director, Medien.Bayern
  3:35 p.m
Talk: Corona Journalism. Qualities, traps, dangers. 
Prof. Dr. Bernhard Pörksen, Professor of Media Studies, University Tübingen
  3:50 p.m (English)
Reuters survey: navigating the ‘infodemic’: how people in six countries access and rate news and information about coronavirus
Prof. Rasmus Kleis Nielsen, Director of Research Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism
  4:05 p.m
Talk: how media use data journalism to portray the development of the pandemic – the example of Süddeutsche Zeitung 
Vanessa Wormer, Team leader data and digital investigation, Süddeutsche Zeitung
  4:20 p.m
Interview: What can news journalists learn from science journalists? 
Volker Stollorz, Manager, Science Media Center 

4:35 p.m
Statements & Discussion:
Science meets mass media: clash of cultures or fabulous synergy?

  • Dr. Martina Franzen, Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities (KWI) Essen
  • Prof. Dr. Klaus Meier, Professor of Journalism, KU Eichstätt-Ingolstadt
  • Ines Pohl, studio director Washington, Deutsche Welle

  5:20 p.m

Talk: scientists in the focus of the public –
research communication in tension with personality, fake news and conspiracy theory

  • Melanie Gath, Editor maiLab and vice team lead Zulieferredaktion funk & Bewegtbild SWR3/DASDING, SWR
  • Korinna Hennig, Editor, NDR info, Podcast „Coronavirus-Update with Christian Drosten“
Michael Praetorius, Managing Director, NOEO