Re-Imagining Journalism - News and Storytelling in an Age of Distrust

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Jul 13, 2018
by Stephanie Quon
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Re-Imagining Journalism - News and Storytelling in an Age of Distrust

More than 75 participants from around the world to convene in Salzburg, Austria, to analyze the rapidly changing landscape of journalism, reporting, and storytelling Photo by Sam McGhee on Unsplash

One term that the world has been unable to escape over the past year and a half is “fake news”. The term has been used so often that in 2017, Collins’ Dictionary classified “fake news” as their Word of the Year. The lines between truth and fiction have become more difficult than ever for the public to distinguish, and for several media outlets and journalists, it has been an uphill battle to assure different parts of societies they are reporting accurately and fairly.

We are at a point in time where many individuals receive a lot of their news on social media platforms where algorithms tailor both news sources and order of content based on user preference. While these platforms may present a pleasant user experience, their potential to exacerbate user bias and limit broader perspectives and differing viewpoints cannot go understated.

This Sunday, more than 75 students from 17 countries, representing 16 different universities and institutions will arrive in Salzburg to participate in the annual three-week program of the Salzburg Academy for Media and Global Change - Re-Imagining Journalism: News and Storytelling in an Age of Distrust.

Through group discussions, reading groups, media workshops, and plenary sessions, participants will demystify and explore the crucial and irreplaceable roles of media, journalism, and storytelling by working together to understand the complex and interconnected levels of controversial topics and their impact on society.

By the end of the program, participants will work together in groups and create their own multi-media series. Each series will showcase the participant’s unique approach and perspective to journalism which will not only be informative to the public about the current global events but will also contribute to a dialog that inspires intentional engagement to positive changes in communities around the world.

Participants will be joined by 18 faculty members and 12 guest scholars. Their specialized areas of knowledge and broad perspectives will greatly contribute to the various lessons and presentations given throughout the program. Faculty and guest scholars will also be on hand to provide advice to participants as they create their final multimedia projects. Among others, guest scholars at this year’s program include Ryan Broderick, deputy global news director of BuzzFeed and Daniel Russell, senior research scientist at Google.

In addition, Daniela Rea, a recent recipient of the Breach-Valdez journalism prize will give this year’s Ithiel de Sola Pool lecture. This lecture was created in honor of three-time Salzburg Global faculty member Ithiel de Sola Pool, a pioneer in the development of social science and network theory. Dr. Pool served as a faculty member during Session 45, American Society, in 1956; Session 77, American Foreign Policy, in 1962; and Session 203, Development, Communication and Social Change, in 1981.

This year's program begins on Salzburg Global Day, the 71st anniversary of the first day of the organization's first program. Since 1947, more than 36,000 Fellows from more than 170 countries have come together to the Salzburg Global Seminar programs, and the fellowship continues to grow and thrive. Participants arriving on Sunday will follow in the footsteps of Salzburg Global’s founders and other Fellows, as they continue consider new ways to bridge divides, expand collaborations, and transform systems.


Re-Imagining Journalism: News and Storytelling in an Age of Distrust is part of Salzburg Global Seminar’s long running multi-year program Salzburg Academy of Media and Global Change. More information on the session can be found here. You can also follow all the discussions on Twitter and Instagram by following the hashtag #SGSmedia.