The importance of identity in journalism

It is a discussion that has recently been regaining momentum: How important are personal traits and experiences for journalistic work? Does it make a difference to journalists’ reports, analyses, commentaries, for example, whether their families have always lived here or have a migratory background? How is this point related to the still very low representation of people from immigrant families in German media, especially in leading positions? And where do such considerations come into play in the ever more lively debate about identity and identity politics? These questions were addressed at the media conference of the CIVIS Media Foundation on Tuesday, 1 December 2020, 10:00-12:45. 

Moderation: Isabel Schayani Head of WDRforyou



Ferdos Forudastan Managing Director CIVIS Media Foundation



Minister of State Annette Widmann-Mauz Federal Government Commissioner for Migration, Refugees and Integration


Keynote speech

Prof. Dr. Naika Foroutan Director of the Berlin Institute for Empirical Integration and Migration Research at Humboldt University Berlin - followed by a Q&A session



Prof. Dr. Christine Horz Institute for Translation and Multilingual Communication at the Cologne University of Applied Sciences



Mohamed Amjahid Freelance journalist (for DIE ZEIT and SPIEGEL, among others) and book author

Patrick Bahners FAZ Editor in charge of humanities and cultural correspondent North Rhine-Westphalia

Shakuntala Banerjee Deputy Head of ZDF Capital Studio Berlin

Prof. Dr. Tanjev Schultz Institute for Journalism at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz

Jona Teichmann Editor-in-Chief WDR Radio and Director WDR 5




The CIVIS Media Foundation organises the CIVIS Media Conference 2020 with kind support of the Federal Government Commissioner for Migration, Refugees and Integration. Other partners are Westdeutscher Rundfunk (WDR) and the Freudenberg Foundation.