DIALOGUES: Journalism in a time of Crisis and Crisis in Journalism - January 2018

On Thursday, January 18th, 2018 the SNF hosted the third event of its new monthly DIALOGUES series, entitled: Journalism in a time of Crisis and Crisis in Journalism. The event was held at the Lighthouse of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center.

The discussion revolved around questions such as whether the disregard for modern journalism and the media worldwide is a sign of modern times or whether the roots of the problem go back. Why is the credibility of the news constantly being challenged? Why do most of us prefer social media platforms as a news source, and what are the potential threats or possibilities associated with this choice.

Journalists Sofia Papaioannou, Aris Chatzistefanou and Kostas Zafeiropoulos, drawing from their own experience, spoke about the dynamic nature and diversity of journalism, the challenges that it faces in view of the broader sociopolitical, economic and technological changes, as well as the opportunities that may ultimately arise. Associate Professor of the School of Journalism and Mass Communications of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Nikos Panagiotou, elaborated on how contemporary trends in news consumption, given the omnipresence of the Internet, determine the future of the media. Valentinos Tzekas, student at the Department of Applied Informatics of the University of Macedonia presented an algorithm which he developed, in order to assist with the detection of fake news, as well as with preventing them from spreading online. The discussion was moderated by journalist Anna-Kynthia Bousdoukou.

The role of the Internet was brought to the forefront of the discussion, in an attempt to understand and evaluate the influence that the digital space has on the content and the practices of modern journalism. The speakers examined the potential dual nature of the Internet, as, on the one hand, a space that favors fast, “unverified” information and instantaneous news and, on the other hand, a fertile platform for responsible, valid and independent journalism, which can potentially assist in the democratization of information and access.

The first SNF Fellows at the Columbia Journalism School in New York, who participated in intensive courses in journalism this past summer, with a scholarship from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation, also shared their experiences and thoughts on the future prospects of journalism.

The SNF Scholarship Program, which is now running for the second year, offers the opportunity to both young and experienced journalists from Greece to participate in specialized programs in Columbia University’s internationally renowned School of Journalism in New York. Specifically, each year, the SNF offers the opportunity to up to 18 participants—for a period of at least three years—to attend specialized training courses in video production, investigative and data journalism, to acquire experience and to obtain the relevant certification. 

 The application process for the summer 2018 admission is now open.  Please note that the SNF is not involved in the process of candidate selection and evaluation, for which Columbia University is solely responsible.

Through the monthly series of live events, entitled DIALOGUES, the SNF presents, among others, individuals who inspire through their work and actions and hopes to spark conversations around critical issues, around the world.

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