Talkshow about the future of journalism with new moneymakers, captivating ideas, new solutions, and a positive vibe and energy. In this series we dive into the field with international journalists, photographers, filmmakers and scholars to speak about their emerging stories and the importance of journalism. This week is about building online communities. Because especially in these uncertain and trans-formative times, reliable information and independent media are more important than ever.

At a time when the worlds attention is focused on the bleak economic forecasts and the health and climate crisis, independent journalists play a vital part in delivering reliable information to the public. However, the outlook for survival of independent media is grim. Many media outlets worldwide are on the brink of bankruptcy due to the economic crisis, but also because of failure of traditional business models. Besides that access to information is increasingly restricted in many countries, resulting in journalists facing physical threats and prosecution. If we want to ensure the survival of independent journalism, we need to act now! Because especially in these uncertain and trans-formative times, reliable information and independent media are more important than ever.

Julie Posetti is the Global Director of Research at the International Center for Journalists. She previously was a Senior Research Fellow at the RISJ and led the Journalism Innovation Project at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism. She researches at the intersection of journalism, digital media, and freedom of expression. Posetti is the author of Protecting Journalism Sources in the Digital Age (UNESCO 2017) and the co-editor of Journalism, ‘Fake News’ and Disinformation (UNESCO 2018). She was awarded her PhD in December 2018, and her academic research has been published internationally in peer reviewed journals and scholarly books.

After her studies in cultural anthropology and communication science, Corine de Vries has always worked at De Volkskrant, first as a reporter, later for four years as a correspondent in Russia, as chief of foreign countries and the last ten years as deputy editor-in-chief. Nowadays she is the editor in chief for regional newspapers Noordhollands Dagblad, Haarlems Dagblad, Leidsch Dagblad, Gooi- en Eemlander en IJmuider Courant.

Lee-Ann Olwage is a visual storyteller and photographic artist from South Africa. Her work is all about identity, collaboration and celebration. There is an overarching theme of celebration in her work and she is interested in using the medium as a mode of celebration and co-creation. With her long term collaborative projects she aims to create a space where the subjects can play an active part in the co-creation of their stories in order to create images they feel tell their stories in a way that is affirming and celebratory.

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Programme seriesEmerging Stories

A trip around the world with photographers, journalists, writers, and filmmakers.