The Great Wall: Media in Western and Eastern Europe

Media & Journalism
re:connecting Europe 2017

Short thesis: 

When travelling the Balkans, I keep noticing how backwardly a lot of the media there still ist, while the opportunities and the consciousness for sophisticated coverage is all there. The publications don't live up to the niveau they could. At the same time, brilliant newspapers like "Feral Tribune" can't survive financially. This session is discussing how the work of journalists from the Balkans can be linked with the work of those in the rest of Europe.


The aim of this session is to discuss how the vital work of talented journalists in the Balkans can be promoted beyond national boundaries, which joint projects can make the European media landscape more networked to create publications that are transnational and European-wide on an equal footing.

The presence of South-Eastern European media, also in the social networks, in Western Europe is virtually zero; publications from the Balkans should be able to inspire the media in rest of Europe in order to counteract a West-East divide.

Thessaloniki could not be more suitable for such an exchange: the "gate" to the Balkans connects East with West, past with future, a still precarious social situation with cultural wealth.






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