Since the rise of social media, journalism has largely lost its “gatekeeping” function. Apparently no one seems to rely on "traditional media" anymore. At the same time, internet and
digitalisation have given far more power to media users, who have even become important media producers themselves.
With the increasing use of artificial intelligence for manipulating images and videos, journalism is facing a new challenge: debunking fake news takes time, and anything fake that is published on
social media today cannot easily be corrected in the minds of the audience tomorrow. What is right and what is wrong seems increasingly to be a "question of opinion".
Arising from all these questions, the Medieninnovationszentrum Babelsberg (MIZ), as a partner of #MTHCON23, has curated two exciting discussion rounds on the morning of September
27 on Stage 2. A FireSide Chat will open the topic track "MediaTech & Journalism", followed by a wider debate:
Is there a future for journalism?
The future work of journalists and journalism itself is significantly influenced by technologies like artificial intelligence. After all, they shape the skills and knowledge required by media
professionals, and influence how they address their respective audiences. This transformation is groundbreaking and unstoppable. But journalists seem helpless in the face of their loss of
relevance and the dwindling trust of the public. In this keynote, Richard Gutjahr, journalist and digital pioneer, speaks about the future of journalism.
Journalists and AI
How can AI technology support journalism by linking the capabilities of tech and human abilities for better content creation and reach? How can technology enhance creativity rather than replace
it, and how can we distinguish between validated journalistic content and AI generated fake news? A group of journalists discuss.
Please welcome on the morning of September 27 on Stage 2:
Richard Gutjahr is one of Germany's best-known and most
influential journalists, having reported from war and crisis zones all over the world for more than two decades in front of and behind the camera. He has since received the World Summit Award of
the United Nations and is today considered a pioneer of the digital scene in Germany.
Anna-Lena Schiller leads the Tech team at AlgorithmWatch, a non-profit research and advocacy organisation that is committed to watching, unpacking and analyzing automated
decision-making (ADM) systems and their impact on society.
Sascha Devigne is editor-in-chief of STUDIO 47 in Duisburg, one of the largest
private regional television stations in Germany. With funding from MIZ Babelsberg, STUDIO 47 is developing ClipSense, an AI-powered software for (local) newsrooms that automates the process of
analysing, tagging and organising video content.
More participants will be announced soon!
About MIZ Babelsberg
Medieninnovationszentrum Babelsberg (MIZ) is the ‘House of Innovations’ for journalism and media in Berlin and Brandenburg. As a facility of Medienanstalt Berlin-Brandenburg (mabb), the MIZ funds
technologically innovative media projects and organises events in order to connect innovators with media companies, newsrooms and publishers.