Breakout session. Media in the digital age

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Here are some bullet points summarizing debates during the break-out session: - What are the shifts in the way that we produce news? There is an array of new tools but many media have abused them. There is still traditional journalism and not all types of journalism develop on the net. - What will be the role of journalism nowadays in a complex environment and whose voices to trust? How fact checking is done? The story has to be presented on a small screen – on a smartphone? Does this influence the news? - Are the media better now and in which way? There is huge tabloidization in journalism. - Is quality changing and to what direction – to better or to poorer quality? - What is the meaning of Internet as a platform for free expression? - How public service media can survive?

Some of the answers: - Journalism is changing contacting new audiences. Today we grab new opportunities but there are also new limitations. - Transformations and diversity; Transformation of platforms, content and shape. Historical and social transformations transforming media. Democracy is happening on the Internet. - Journalists’ education and training is a necessary goal. We need media and digital literacy for journalists and for the media public. Requirements towards journalists are not the same – innovation and creativity is needed in journalistic activities. - Journalists have to do their work to the public interest. - Journalism is related to economy. There is a risk of pressure and dependency. BUT. New technologies are opening new spaces for journalists. - We have to preserve journalism and its values, not companies. - Journalists have to be protected in the new environment and there should be consistent implementation of internationally recognized standards. -Public service media offers a model of crowdfunding through years by using various sources of financing, public media values have to be preserved. - We have to think about media utopia and reality together. It is all about our kids and their perception of life and what kind of journalism they will experience 20 years from now.

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