[Event Report] Conference Public and Democracy in Berlin: "You can not really talk to Anne Wille ..."

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The program of the conference, organized by the Friedrich Ebert Foundation and other associations, was rich, but too much compressed into one day. Therefore, despite the number of offers, I was able to attend just four events. Too bad, because they were good: [Event Report] Conference Public and Democracy in Berlin:

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Konstantin Neven Dumont, who is responsible for strategy and communication at M. DuMont Schauberg, defended investigative journalism in his lecture "Opinion building processes from the perspective of the publisher". His thesis: one must not only investigate the facts investigatively, but also disseminate the results.

To achieve this, media must be networked and interlinked. What sounded like a nice idea is, in reality, for the perfidious defense of the media concentration in the media group M. DuMont Schauberg.

Philosopher or wolf in sheep's clothing?


In addition, Dumont, who was flirtatious to see himself astonishingly rather as a philosopher than as an entrepreneur, was not tired of imposing the right of performance protection as a guarantee of journalistic quality work by publishers. The problem that readers are increasingly migrating from print to online publications, he also did not know a solution, but showed itself as a defender of paid content.

For his lack of entrepreneurial intervention, for example, in manual errors, he was also criticized the audience rude, fittingly by a non-specialist motor vehicle entrepreneur. Unfortunately, the aspect was not taken up in the discussion ("media companies are something else"), although in my opinion it would be a good idea to apply real corporate standards to media companies.

Harr's words for lunch


As for the confirmation, free-lance journalist Tom Schimmeck, always good for harsh words, criticized the alleged special position of media companies at lunch-time: opinion-making has long been a mass business in which public perception is increasingly narrowed down to the perspective of individual pop-producers.

Media diversity has long been a reflection of social reality - every social group has its own special medium, while a large proportion of the media-makers come from the middle class - not least, therefore, such topics as minimum wage would be so difficult in Germany.

Politics as a soap opera


Due to the urge for more and more self-staging, politics is increasingly becoming a soap opera, a hollow number - and populism opens the door. "What have we learned since Hugenberg, who was instrumental in the rise of Hitler, learned?" Asked Schimeck provocatively. Only if publishers could bring not just entrepreneurial expertise but also a sense of mission, could democracy function reasonably well.

But society would have to make the media owners more responsible. Finally, Schimeck pleaded for a new journalistic self-image - "too many budding journalists are broken by lifelong internships and the market."

Round trip with traditional media


After the lunch break, the journalist Walter van Rossum talked about conformism as a journalistic Weltanschauung with the example of Tagesschau. What at first began to be gossipy and boring, gradually developed into a round-trip with the traditional media.

Although van Rossum does not seem to have much in mind with the social web (at least he has not said anything about it), his main criticism of the news was surprisingly Web-2.0-ig: "You can not only play as a journalist, you also have to take a stand. The daily news, on the other hand, has to be completely objective for the crazy imagination, because it only reflects the day's events! "

Imagination of complete objectivity


It would, so van Rossums CriticismThe Tagesschau does not stand up to the simplest criteria of the journalism school. And it is anything but objective: "The supposed objectivity is only a shield, so that it offers no points of attack. In reality, the news is maximally adjusted. "

Van Rossum also quickly identified the reasons for the adjustment: The obsessive compulsion in which the established ARD apparatus is located - and with it its protagonists: "The Tagesschau gets along with 12 state actors for the whole year, rattling off dates and reporting on press conferences instead of just looking at the world ".

Court actor in forced compulsory


The individual actors, with whom Rossum had quite tried to talk about the subject for research according to his own statements, this solidification is not at all clear: "I think I can not really speak with Anne Wille. Because when you talk to journalists about their work they say stuff from the textbook and they really think they're doing it! "

For this lack of Kritkfähigkeit made by Rossum the structures responsible: "The Appart swallows everything. And once you're part of the media, it's hard to criticize. "

S21 - surprisingly up to date


The really best event of the day was for me a panel discussion about the incidents in Stuttgart (s21). Even if somehow no proper discussion arose, because all panelists agreed, I felt very well informed about the background of the Stuttgart21 discussion.

I also found it to be a good idea that two days before the events had been introduced, the importance of internet communication was emphasized. In terms of content, I would like to encourage everyone to watch the live stream of the event.

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