Upcoming Program

As media continue to fragment and social movements intensify around the world, democracies are at risk. Mainstream media, in a digital information landscape, now serve to divide publics as much as they inform them. As a result, the civic structures that once supported strong democracies now compromise and corrupt them.

The 2020 Salzburg Academy on Media & Global Change will respond to the crisis of democratic norms by asking aspiring journalists and storytellers to build media-based responses that support vibrant social movements. Working alongside civil society organizations, activists, and journalists, this global cohort of young people will put into place toolkits and workshops to support social movements with the specific aim to reform corrupt democratic systems.


  • Transform how journalists and media cover and support social movements in support of robust democratic futures.
  • Build new approaches to citizen participation in our media systems.
  • Design facilitations and workshops that citizens can use to share experiences and meaningfully contribute to social movements.
  • Build networks of journalists to respond to new norms of democracy and combat corruption and misused power across the world.


Social movements and protests are active across the globe. From Beirut and Iraq, to Barcelona, Santiago and Hong Kong, committed citizens are organizing to advocate for their civic rights, and access to an increasingly inequitable distribution of resources. These protests are but the latest in a rising tide of civic resistance to increasingly fragmented societies; the reality is that democracy itself is under threat. As socio-economic divides grow, and politicians exploit topics like immigration, climate change, and gender rights to further divide populations and reduce issues to dangerous simplicities, our ability to co-exist and navigate social boundaries becomes increasingly fraught. Media, both mainstream and alternative, continue to struggle to meaningfully cover emerging fractures. While our connective technologies provide broad spaces for information consumption, dialog and expression, it is well documented that they actively contribute to the fracturing of social cohesion. Through algorithms that divide users based on values, beliefs and ideologies, and through prioritization of content that is shareable – sensational, spectacular, and polarizing – these platforms have contributed greatly to the erosion of facts and 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. At the same time those that oversee our private and public institutions find more power to manipulate, sow discontent, and divide through such technologies.

The resulting breakdown in political and civic norms is at the heart of the 2020 Salzburg Academy on Media & Global Change – Power, Protest and the Press: Social Movements and the Future of Civil Society. This summer, 75 emerging media makers, journalists and storytellers will gather at Schloss Leopoldskron, home of Salzburg Global Seminar, to explore the relationship between those in power, those in protest, and the press. Students will work alongside faculty and practitioners to better understand the ways in which media systems have contributed to the current climate of protest, and work to design responses that experiment with media to support social movements. Through seminars, workshops, and student-led project work, participants in the Salzburg Academy will learn skills in media design and create multimedia projects, which will focus on rebuilding community norms based on new possibilities for citizen participation that pushes against those in power who are corrupting democratic norms. These projects will reflect a global vision, one that transcends borders, bridges divides, and connects cultures.


  • What is the relationship between Power, Protest, and the Press?
  • How are the norms of truth and facts impacted by protest and social movements?
  • What are the repercussions of protest on media institutions and democratic structures?
  • What types of journalism can support meaningful civic futures?
  • What media systems and structures are needed to reinstate the ideals of democracy?


The 2020 Salzburg Academy will gather 75 emerging media practitioners – journalists, filmmakers, activists, storytellers, and advocates – alongside 25 faculty and 20 visiting scholars, who 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 master seminars on a range of media-related topics and immersive workshops on game design, mobile storytelling, guerilla filmmaking, immersive design, and community engagement. 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, a culture track, an industry track, and a film program.


Len Apcar
Switzer Endowed Chair, Louisiana State University's Manship School of Mass Communication, USA
Allan Au
Knight Fellow, Stanford University, USA; Professional Consultant of the School of Journalism and Communication, the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong SAR
Sanjeev Chatterjee
Professor of Cinema and Interactive Media, University of Miami, Florida, USA
Anunaya Chaubey
Provost, Anant National University, India
Meg Fromm
Journalism Teacher and Educational Initiatives Director for the Journalism Education Association, Colorado, USA
Roman Gerodimos
Associate Professor of Global Current Affairs, Bournemouth University
Eric Gordon
Professor, Department of Visual and Media Arts, Emerson College, USA
Manuel Guerrero
Director, Department of Communication, Universidad Iberoamericana, Mexico
Chris Harris
Associate Professor of Communication, Department Chair for Social Sciences and Business, Nevada State College, USA
Claudia Kozman
Assistant Professor of Multimedia Journalism, Lebanese American University, Lebanon
Pablo Martinez Zarate
Head Professor, Documentary Film & Digital Narrative, Iberoamericana University, Mexico
Jad Melki
Associate Professor of Journalism and Media Studies and Director of the Institute of Media Research and Training, Lebanese American University, Lebanon
Paul Mihailidis
Program Director, Salzburg Academy on Media and Global Change
Susan Moeller
Susan Moeller, Director of the International Center for Media & the Public Agenda and Professor, College of Journalism and the School of Public Policy, University of Maryland.
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
Clare Shine
Vice President and Chief Program Officer, Salzburg Global Seminar
Sangita Shresthova
Director of Research, @CivicPaths, University of Southern California
Javier Siriani
Multiplatform Manager at Viacom; Professor, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Buenos Aires (UCA), Buenos Aires, Argentina



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