On September 13th, 2016 the New York Times invited our Greek partner Oikomedia and us to jointly organise a panel discussion about European journalism at this year’s NYT Athens Democracy Forum. Our starting point was a question: Why has European media coverage involved so many middle fingers lately?
We arranged a packed panel of industry leaders, including a Pulitzer Prize winner and the BBC Europe bureau chief, for a conversation on ‘The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: Reporting Europe in times of crisis’.
Around 200 people attended the event at the Impact Hub in Athens. New York Times Vice President Achilles Tsaltas came to welcome everybody.
— Impact Hub Athens (@ImpactHubAthens) 13. September 2016
As well as an engaging panel discussion, the speakers each gave short individual lightning talks. The subjects included the rise of populism in European media, advocating for more cross-border collaboration to raise the quality of journalism and discussing the challenges and opportunities of social media for the industry.
BBC Europe Bureau Chief, Simon Wilson addressed the question of why none of the attempts to create a pan-European medium really succeeded. He thinks motivation and organisation has to come from the below. “You can’t impose a European media from above, it has to come from the streets up.”
In the course of our live coverage he said he was happy to share his knowledge and experience, but that he had also come to the event to learn.
— simon wilson (@siwilso) 13. September 2016