DIALOGUES: Journalism in a time of Crisis and Crisis in Journalism
18 JANUARY 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.