New Media – New Europe? How the Media influence the Mood in Europe


1 to 6 September, 2013 in Potsdam/Germany

Angela Merkel in a Hitler uniform, Wolfgang Schäuble as Gollum, Aphrodite giving the one-fingered salute, the Greeks all swindlers, the Italians idle loafers – to judge from media output over the past two or three years, there’s not much left of European unity and good neighbourliness. Discussions have instead focused on ‘fascism’, on the ‘subjugation of foreign peoples’, even on ‘war’.

How are the media influencing political and social debate in Europe and thus also the current bad mood between some European countries? That is the object of this year‘s M100 Young European Journalists Workshop (formerly the M100 Youth Media Workshop) that invites young journalists from Europe (including non-EU countries) from 1 to 6 September 2013 to Potsdam. The six-day workshop will discuss how the media in different countries is reporting on Europe, the positions it takes, does it really reflect the mood of the population and how different branches of the media in several countries report on the same topic, amongst others.

Under the guidance of the multi award-winning filmmaker Christian Stahl, and in cooperation with the Axel Springer Academy, the participants start a digital European debate to identify chances, difficulties and potential alternative ways for the European reporting and the European integration process. 

On 5 September, the participants in the M100 Young European Journalists Workshop will take part in the M100 Sanssouci Colloquium. Under the topic “Are the Media destroying Europe?” six top journalists from different European countries will examine issues of the media’s influence on the European integration process and neighbourly relations, of who takes what positions and why, and of what role types of political communication play in this context. The debate will be moderated by well-known British BBC presenter Tim Sebastian, originator of the BBC‘s legendary ‘Hardtalk’ interview series and host of ‘The New Arab Debates’ for Deutsche Welle TV. 

For more information about application please click here (deadline for application: July 1, 2013).

The M100 Young European Journalist is an initiative of the City of Potsdam and Potsdam Media International e.V. and takes place as part of M100 Sanssouci Colloquium. This year's M100 is supported by the City of Potsdam, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, Federal Foreign Office, Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung, and the ZEIT Foundation; cooperation partners include the Axel Springer Academy, Deutsche Welle, European Council on Foreign Relations,  European Youth Press, Human Rights Watch, Intajour – International Academy of Journalism, Land Brandenburg, Prussian Palaces and Gardens Foundation Berlin-Brandenburg, and Reporters without Borders.

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