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Media Conference 2022

Journalism and Social Media:
Driving Force or Driven?

Social media: On the one hand, they enlarge considerably citizens’ ways to have their say. On the other hand, the likes of Twitter and Facebook offer an almost unlimited stage for systematic lies and aggression.

The question is how the participatory potential of social networks can be realised and best protected from being overrun by destructive communication. It is a task, if not exclusively, for traditional media as well. Competition from new players is changing the perception of important areas of reporting. At the same time, television, radio, newspapers, magazines and traditional online media have long become dependent on social networks themselves.

Where in this context are social media an asset, where a danger? How do they shape the work of journalists and open up new opportunities for them? What must the industry do to stop discourses from escalating as soon as they have begun? And where should it start – on its platforms, in its communication with citizens, within its own (editorial) structures?

That was the focus of the virtual media conference of the CIVIS Media Foundation on Wednesday, 14 January 2022, 10:00 to 13:00.


Here you can find the presentations and discussions at the CIVIS Media Conference 2022. You can find the entire media conference here.


Ferdos Forudastan | Managing Director CIVIS Media Foundation


Reem Alabali-Radovan | Minister of State, Integration Commissioner of the Federal Government

Scientific input

Prof. Dr. Carsten Reinemann | Institute for Communication Science and Media Research at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich


Natascha Strobl | Political Scientist/Publicist Focus: Journalists and Right-Wing Populist/Right-Wing Extremist Discourse on Social Media<

Short lecture

Ellen Heinrichs | Head of Trends and Knowledge Deutsche Welle
Topic: Constructive Journalism

Closing discussion

Nicole Diekmann | Correspondent ZDF Capital Studio
Carsten Fiedler | Chief Editor Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger
Ellen Heinrichs | Head of Trends and Knowledge Deutsche Welle
Sham Jaff | Author of “What happened last week”, Freelance Journalist
Hasnain Kazim | Freelance journalist and author