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.


Presenter: Nadia S. Zaboura Owner Zaboura Consulting, Chairwoman Jury German Radio Award


Welcoming address

Ferdos Forudastan Managing Director CIVIS Media Foundation


Welcoming message

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 with focus on journalism and right-wing populist/right-wing extremist discourses 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




The CIVIS Media Foundation organises the CIVIS Media Conference with kind support by the German Federal Government Commissioner for Migration, Refugees and Integration, the Federal Government Commissioner for Anti-Racism. Other partners are Westdeutsche Rundfunk (WDR) and the Freudenberg Stiftung.