Panel Discussions in the 18th IFoLT

Wednesday   June 13th,  2012

Social media or social jungle?

Social media technologies take on many different forms including magazines, Internet forums, weblogs, social blogs, microblogging, wikis, podcasts, photographs, video, rating sites and social bookmarking. There are many different types of social media: collaborative projects (e.g., Wikipedia), blogs and microblogs (e.g., Twitter, Tumblr), content communities (e.g., YouTube, Flickr, Vimeo) and social networking sites (e.g., Facebook, Linkedin, Xing).

The growth of social networking and increased openness online are beneficial in the digital age and can lead to increased collaboration and changes in the way people organize, govern, teach, and learn. The Arab Spring is a great example. Thanks to social media the whole world could follow minute-by-minute what happened on the Tahrir Square.

New media technology, such as social networking and media-sharing websites, and the increasing prevalence of cellular phones have made citizen journalism more accessible to people all over the world, who can often report breaking news. For broadcasters this has had and continues to have a tremendous impact on news production, sharing and consumption.

Without a clear sense of the pros and cons of social media and not knowing how to benefit from it, a broadcaster, local or otherwise will eventually end up in a social jungle. With an intelligent approach, it just might make the future of journalism more promising than ever.


Paul Mihailidis,PhD;Assistant Professor, Emerson College (USA)
Christian Groeneveld – Broadcaster (Netherlands)
Jürgen Linke – Bundesverband Offene Kanäle (Germany)
Erik Mollberg – Broadcaster (USA)


Thursday   June 14th,  2012

What are participative televisions in Europe ?

Our recent European meeting of participative audiovisual media, organized in France in October 2011, have confirmed a strong desire of the participants to support the participative audiovisual initiatives, in making programs together, in sharing practices, in being a strength to represent community and participative televisions.

We will see in this panel some community TV’s experiences in several countries : Spain, France, Italy, Germany. One must acknowledge that television is generally considered a form of distraction, representation and communication, rather than a tool for evolving, sharing and doing things together.

Thus, for the community TVs, it becomes a question of arousing the awareness of and educating local inhabitants and decision-makers: that there is another form of television, a television of proximity based in a territory of a human scale, which does not seek to fill a channel /slot  but which instead takes time to broadcast the realities of that territory.

A participative television that seeks to involve people in their everyday lives rather than merely broadcasting general information that has already been heard from a more global point of view.
An educational television which trains volunteers in the use of images, in producing programmes, speaking and presenting topics as well as chairing debates.
A citizen's television which accompanies local inhabitants throughout their constructive approach to their own lives and that of their territories.

Panelists - Vincent Aguano, Elodie Sylvain, Anne Breuzin

Friday   June 15th,  2012 

14.00 – 15.30  

Crash! Reporting Europe’s Economic Crisis.

The Kosice Festival traditionally debates a topical European issue of interest to local media. This year there is one dominant topic – the continuing crisis in the Eurozone, and the very tough austerity measures being introduced in many countries to reduce their debts and stop banks from going ‘bust’.  Will high youth unemployment lead to violence on the streets?  What will happen if Europe can’t afford to bail-out big countries like Spain and Italy? Will the EU divide into the Eurozone 17 and the other 10?  Who is to blame?

This year, local TV is reporting the growing impact of the cuts to welfare being imposed by bankrupt governments. But do we really understand what is going on?
The panel discussion will be chaired by the former BBC News Editor Rick Thompson. Producers, editors and correspondents from local TV around Europe are warmly invited to contribute their own experiences of reporting the crisis, and to make their own predictions about what will happen next.