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News Impact Summit: Identity & inclusion
Dec 2019
6 December 2019

News Impact Summit: Identity & inclusion

06 December 2019

Google, Munich

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Registrations & good morning coffee
08.45 - 9.45

Pick up your badge, grab a coffee, meet someone you don't know yet, and get ready for an inspiring day.

Welcome remarks & intro to the programme
9:45 - 10:00


By Adam Thomas, Isabelle Sonnenfeld
Ignite talk: Why is diversity a challenge in the newsroom?
10:00 - 10:15

with Charlotte Haunhorst,


By Charlotte Haunhorst
Lightning talks: Diversity, the main driver of quality journalism
10:15 - 11:00

1. Unbias the news: why diversity matters for journalism?

with Tina Lee, Hostwriter

How can newsrooms and journalists ‘unbias’ the news? Tina Lee will run us through Unbias the News: Why diversity matters for journalism, a guide of solutions to introduce diversity in the newsroom and how collaboration can help us uncover stories we would otherwise have missed. Tina, who is the editor-in-chief of the book, will explain how diversity is key in fact-checking and as a strategy to regain trust in journalism and the media.

2. 180 degrees - Stories against hatred: a podcast to overcome polarisation & prejudice

with Bastian Berbner, Die Zeit

Bastian traveled the world for three years to find out what solutions societies have found to fight hatred and bridge division. In eight countries he interviewed individuals who overcame racism, sexism, homophobia and radicalism, ranging from a policeman and a jihadist who became friends to a neo-nazis and anarchists who became close. In his podcast 180 Degrees – Stories against hate (180 Grad – Geschichten gegen den Hass) he shows through personal narratives how dialogue and storytelling can change mindsets and laws towards a more peaceful and tolerant society.

3. Diversity: it's not a bug, it's a feature

with Susanne Klingner, Plan W (Süddeutsche Zeitung)

The creator of Plan W, a magazine that features stories of women in business, Susanne will share with the audience solutions to increase diversity in the media. She will talk about how to find and support diverse talent in the newsroom and why diverse teams are a better and more sustainable solution for media organisations and products.


By Tina Lee, Bastian Berbner
Conversation: How to advance gender balance in the newsroom?
11:00 - 11:30

Edith Heitkämper, from ProQuote Medien, will moderate this conversation with Teresa Bücker, a German journalist, and former editor-in-chief of Edition F; Lara Joannides, who leads the BBC Project 50:50 & Marverine Cole, a journalist and lecturer at Birmingham City University. The dialogue will revolve around recent data on female representation in newsrooms in Germany and abroad, and point out recommendations to improve gender balance at the decision-making level in media organisations.


By Edith Heitkämper, Teresa Bücker
Coffee break & Networking
11:30 - 11:45
First Round of Breakout Sessions
11:45 - 12:45

1. #IamRemarkable, how Google welcomes diversity in the workplace

With Florian Ahle, Google Digital Academy

#IamRemarkable is a Google initiative that strives to empower women and underrepresented groups to celebrate their achievements in the workplace and beyond. The workshop invites participants to reflect on the identity traits that make them strong and motivates them to speak openly about their achievements in front of peers and management.

2. Reporting without prejudice: guidelines for inclusive journalism (session in German)

With Konstantina Vassiliou-Enz, Neue Deutsche Medienmacher*innen

From language awareness to visual reporting, during this session, Konstantina will provide guidance, best practices, and insights for inclusive journalism when covering issues of migration and minorities, and how such guidelines related to reporting on the LGBTIQ community or people with disabilities.


By Florian Ahle, Konstantina Vassiliou-Enz
Lunch & Networking
12:45 - 14:30

Lunch will be provided at the venue.

Keynote Talk - Diversity sparks dialogue: how the media can help shape our new identity
14:30 - 14:45

With Jaafar Abdul-Karim

The award-winning host of the TV show 'Jaafar Talk,' Jaafar Abdul Karim, aims at building bridges between Europe and the Arab world by asking questions. In his show he brings controversial guests face-to-face - politicians and refugees, far-right members and migrants - and invites them to discuss divisive issues that range from identity and racism to polygamy, gender, integration, and violence. On this occasion, Jaafar will switch roles and take the stage as a guest to share some of his own stories, as a migrant and a journalist, on how the media can help break stereotypes and spark a dialogue about identity.


By Jaafar Abdul-Karim
The East-West divide: how can local news be more diverse and representative?
14:45 - 15:00

With Jan Hollitzer

In Germany, 30 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, the citizens of East Germany are still unrepresented in the media. Jan Hollitzer recently returned to his hometown Erfurt, the capital of Thuringia in East Germany, to become editor-in-chief at the Thüringer Allgemeine. Jan will explain the challenges local media face when it comes to diversity. We will also learn how the newspaper’s new interactive tool to cover local elections in October helped tackle identity and polarisation in communities that are often disengaged from the political debate.


By Jan Hollitzer
Room change
15:00 - 15:10
Second Round of Breakout Sessions
15:10 - 16:10

1. A toolkit to cover intra-migration issues

with Rob McNeill, Migration Observatory at Oxford University

Who is moving where, when and why within the EU? How does EU-migration impact the labour market and fiscal policy? How has the media covered intra-EU mobility in Germany and other EU countries? In this session, we will learn about REMINDER (‘Role of European Mobility and its Impacts in Debates, Narratives, and EU Reforms’) and be the first to take a look at a beta version of a new toolkit that will help journalists cover migration. The toolkit covers access to data, language, the impact of migration, attitudes toward migration, laws, regulations, and public policy.

2. Your checklist for inclusive journalism: best practices, tips & tools

with Asma Abidi, ICFJ

Learn from Asma, a trainer of journalists, on the best practices for covering social issues that dwell on ethnic minorities, gender and LGBTQ, migration, etc. Asma is an award-winning journalist from Tunisia. Her reporting focuses on migration, human rights and social transformations in the Arab region after the uprisings.

3. A matter of data, policy, and strategies: how diverse is German media?

The lack of data about diversity in German newsrooms is blocking the debate around the best media practices and policy changes necessary to make the media more representative and culturally diverse. Christine Horz and the Neue Deustche Medienmacher*innen are currently conducting a study to find out more about the participation of people with migration backgrounds in German newsrooms. Christine will provide an overview of the key points of the research and provide recommendations on the best practices for editors-in-chief to make diversity a priority in the newsroom.


By Robert McNeil, Asma Abidi
Quick coffee break
16:10 - 16:15
Lightning talks: Diversity, the main driver of quality journalism
16:15 - 17:00

1. Training local immigrants with the skills to their own stories

with Iliana Panpangeli, Solomon

Greek non-profit Solomon uses media as a tool for social inclusion. Iliana Papangeli will tell us how Solomon trained migrants and refugees in storytelling, photography, and film-making to boost diversity and community storytelling in Greek media.

2. All-female Academy is driving diversity into Dutch media

with Hadjar Benmiloud, Vileine Academy

A spin-off of a digital magazine for women, Vileine Academy is a seven-month training programme to teach aspiring female journalists new skills. The programme guarantees placements at established Dutch news organisations, with the goal of increasing the representation of women in media.

3. Halbe Katoffl: a podcast to showcase diversity in German society

with Frank Joung, Halbe Katoffl

The Halbe Katoffl podcast is a series of talks with Germans who have non-German roots. Some have a German passport or a German parent, some have been born, raised or moved to Germany. Berlin-based journalist Frank Joung, who created the podcast and has Korean roots, will share more on the importance of listening to migration stories of “half-potato” people to reckon with one's identity and be proud of the diversity in Germany.


By Iliana Papangeli, Hadjar Benmiloud
Wrap-up & final remarks
17:00 - 17:10
Networking drinks
17:10 - 18:00



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