Quality journalism in insecure times

KAS panel at IPI World Congress

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A KAS panel discussion on quality journalism and alternative media concepts took place on 19 May 2017 during the IPI World Congress in Hamburg, organised by the International Press Institute (IPI).

(from left) Joan Chirwa, Editor-in-Chief and CEO of "The Mast" newspaper, Christian Spahr, Head of KAS Media Program South East Europe, Anna Babinets, editor at the Organised Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) and Florian Nehm, Head of Corporate Sustainability and EU Affairs at Axel Springer SE

(from left) Joan Chirwa, Editor-in-Chief and CEO of "The Mast" newspaper, Christian Spahr, Head of KAS Media Program South East Europe, Anna Babinets, editor at the Organised Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) and Florian Nehm, Head of Corporate Sustainability and EU Affairs at Axel Springer SE

Speakers were Anna Babinets, editor at the Organised Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP), Joan Chirwa, Editor-in-Chief and CEO of the newly-established Zambian independent newspaper "The Mast" and Florian Nehm, Head of Corporate Sustainability and EU Affairs at Axel Springer SE, a leading European publishing house. The discussion was moderated by Christian Spahr, Head of the KAS Media Program South East Europe.

Main topic of the panel were the shrinking spaces for quality reporting as a challenge for the media in different regions of the world. All speakers agreed that the economic crisis and rapid digital change are putting pressure on traditional media. In addition, Christian Spahr put an emphasis on the political influence on media, which is restricting freedom of expression in more and more countries. Possible solutions for these issues, new business models and alternative media concepts were discussed.

Florian Nehm emphasised that "paid content" is an important strategic decision that media outlets should make. Anna Babinets explained the importance of international funding for independent media projects and presented a successful crowdfunding initiative in Ukraine. Joan Chirwa gave insights into the media situation in Zambia, speaking about political pressure on media in her country and how to start a printed newspaper from scratch.

The IPI World Congress gathers annually more than 300 media freedom advocates, senior media executives, editors and journalists from globally renowned media outlets. This year it took place from 18th to 20th May.

Author

Manuela Zlateva

Publication series

Event Reports

published

Hamburg, May 20, 2017