Upcoming Program

Platform technologies are designed to divide communities by ideology. Politicians take advantage of this information architecture to position people against one another. The result is a fracturing of belief, where truths have splintered and trust has eroded. Our digital media environments are at the center of this fracturing. Our social and civic cohesion is at risk.

The Salzburg Academy on Media & Global Change will respond to this challenge by bringing together emerging media makers and storytellers to create speculative futures focused on media infrastructures that can renew trust, re-imagine community engagement, and inspire new norms for participation in daily life.


Societies are struggling to find common truths from which they can organize. Social networks and media platforms have become the central organization mechanisms for information and communication in communities around the world. While such technologies have provided broad spaces for information consumption, dialog and expression, it’s well documented that they have actively contributed to the fracturing of social cohesion.

Through algorithms that divide users based on values, beliefs and ideologies, and through prioritization that which is shareable-sensational, spectacular, and polarizing content-these platforms have contributed greatly to the erosion of belief. Communities now find information to justify their values, with little resistance. Journalism and news organizations either opt into this polarizing environment or face increasingly smaller audiences with less at stake. The resulting breakdown in political and civic norms is what we call “The Cost of Disbelief.”

This summer, 75 emerging media makers, journalists and storytellers will gather at Salzburg Global Seminar to explore the relationship between media environments, truths, and the fracturing of our societies. Students will work with faculty and practitioners to better understand the ways in which media systems have contributed to this approach, and work to design responses that experiment with media that can combat disbelief.

Through presentations, workshops, and student-led project work, participants in the Media Academy will learn skills in media design and create multimedia projects that focus on rebuilding community norms based on trust, civility, and meaningful engagement. These projects will reflect a global vision – one that transcends borders, connects cultures and bridges divides.


The 2019 Salzburg Academy will examine the following:

  • What is the relationship between media platforms and trust?
  • How are norms of truth and facts impacted by social networks?
  • What are the repercussions of algorithms for media and news institutions?
  • What types of journalism and storytelling can combat disbelief and distrust?
  • What media systems and structures are needed to reinstate norms of trust, truth, and social cohesion?


The 2019 Media Academy will gather 75 emerging media practitioners – journalists, filmmakers, activists, storytellers, and advocates – alongside 25 faculty and 20 visiting scholars, that span across media disciplines, fields, and industries. Participants come from over 20 countries on five continents, and represent top universities, global NGOs, development agencies, and community-focused organizations.


The Media Academy features plenary presentations and discussions on a range of media-related topics; immersive workshops on game design mobile storytelling, guerilla filmmaking, immersive design, and community engagement; and sessions on world building, cultural representation, and human interaction complement the program. Project-based work is conducted through student-led groups, where a human-centered design process is put forward. The Media Academy also features reading groups and a film club.


  • This year’s Media Academy will seek to develop the following:
  • A multimedia publication that responds to the theme of the program.
  • A network of emerging media leaders that collaborate on projects and initiatives around the world.
  • A consortium of institutions working on building dynamic pedagogy and processes for their teaching and/or applied work.
  • New collaborative research projects launched by faculty and practitioners on media and social change.


Sanjeev Chatterjee
Award Winning Documentary Media Maker; Professor, University of Miami School of Communication, USA
Anunaya Chaubey
Deputy Dean of the Young India Fellowship Programme, Ashoka University, India
Donna Chu
Associate Professor, School of Journalism and Communication, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong SAR, China
James Cohen
Meg Fromm
Assistant Professor, Colorado Mesa University; Educational Initiatives Director, Journalism Education Association, USA
Roman Gerodimos
Principal Academic in Global Current Affairs, Bournemouth University (UK), Greece
Eric Gordon
Associate Professor, Department of Visual and Media Arts, Emerson College, USA
Manuel Guerrero Martinez
Dean of Communication Studies, Universidad Iberoamericana, Mexico
Chris Harris
Associate Professor of Communication, Nevada State College, NV, USA
Claudia Kozman
Assistant Professor, Department of Communication Arts, Lebanese American University, Lebanon
Jorge Liotti
Professor, Universidad Católica Argentina, Argentina
Pablo Martinez Zarate
Head Professor, Documentary Film & Digital Narrative, Iberoamericana University, Mexico
Jad Melki
Associate Professor, Journalism and Media Studies, and Chairperson, Department of Communication Arts, Lebanese American University, Lebanon
Susan Moeller
Professor & Director, International Center for Media and the Public Agenda, University of Maryland, USA & Co-founder, Salzburg Academy
Stephen Reese
Jesse H. Jones Professor of Journalism, Moody College of Communication, The University of Texas at Austin, USA
Stephen Salyer
President & Chief Executive Officer, Salzburg Global Seminar
Clare Shine
Vice President and Chief Program Officer, Salzburg Global Seminar
Sangita Shresthova
Director of Henry Jenkins' Media Activism & Participatory Politics (MAPP) Project, University of Southern California, USA


Salzburg Global Seminar is an international not-for profit institutions with offices and activities in multiple countries. A US 501(c)(3) institution, Salzburg Global Seminar's annual budget is set US Dollars and program fees are calculated on $5000 per person basis for 4-5 day programs and $3500 per person for 2-3 day programs. Annual exchange rate calculations for program fees in EUR are calculated using an average of previous years.

The individual fee rates for Salzburg Global Seminar sessions in 2018 are:

  • 4-5 days session - US $5,000 or €4,475
  • 2-3 days session - US $3,500 or €3,135

This fee covers the cost of the program, program materials, accommodation and meals. The fee does not cover travel costs to Salzburg.

Scholarships and Discounts: In order to gather individuals from a wide variety of sectors and countries, where funding allows, Salzburg Global may be able to offer a limited number of scholarships and discounts to participants and Fellows from universities, research institutes, think-tanks, non-governmental organizations, and public officials from developing (non-OECD) countries. If you would like to apply for a scholarship or discount, please send your CV or brief bio and personal statement to

After your registration for a session is accepted, payment is due within five (5) business days after receipt of the confirmation. Payment can be made via credit card (Mastercard or Visa) or by bank transfer.

Cancellation Fees: In case of cancellation, a participant may transfer registration to another member of the participant's organization (city, department, firm, etc.) upon mutual agreement. Alternatively:

  • Cancellation more than 60 days before the program: 100% refund
  • Cancellation less than 60 days and more than 30 days before the event: 50% refund
  • Cancellation less than 30 days, but more than 14 days: 25% refund
  • Cancellation less than 14 days: no refund