5th DMF is to take place in Kharkiv on September 5-6, 2019

5th DMF is to take place in Kharkiv on September 5-6, 2019

5th DMF is to take place in Kharkiv on September 5-6, 2019

Political discussion are provoke the biggest emotional response of the audience and involve the majority of participants on the eve of elections.

Mass media which sometimes highlight events in a biased and slanted way play an important role in this process. Election campaigns test journalists’ honesty, decency and professionalism.

The main task of media is to stimulate a public discussion grounded on checked facts and not to sympathise with some political forces openly.

Mass media policy in war-torn regions needs special attention.

There are not many really independent editorial houses there which are able to provide the audience with unbiased information. The level of trust into Ukrainian media is critically low in the Donbas this situation. People of the East of Ukraine are under the cross-fire of Ukrainian politicians’ informational attacks and Russian media propaganda. People do not know who to believe are the situation is aggravated by the influence of separatists’ and pseudo-Ukrainian mass media or influencers controlled by the Kremlin.

Modern technologies enable journalists to manipulate collective consciousness in the interest of certain persons. The invisible war whose main weapon is words is already in progress and its chief aim is to form definite thoughts and guide people’s behaviour.

Press services of political parties often become centers of influence on the collective consciousness. In 2019, politicians use the strained economic situation, accentuating difficulties existing in society, and they are especially active in their promises to eliminate all problems and improve Ukrainians’ life immediately after assuming office. A modern politician must not only be a professional, he or she should be able to persuade colleagues and society that their actions are right otherwise any positive change will be either ignored or shown in negative light.

Political life in modern Ukraine is distorted by different parties manipulative scenarios which form the public mood. Each citizen is responsible for the future of the country thus, we should attract attention of the audience and our colleagues journalists to the ability to disclose sheer informational manipulation.

Today, mass media and social networks have turned into a powerful force which can create for the majority of people a certain vision of the events happening in the country and form political preferences.

Media is de-facto a power as well therefore journalists should realise that highlighting events in a biased way, distortion of facts, imposing ideas and other kinds of manipulation can lead to fatal consequences.

Mass media, the Internet, social networks are the main sources of information for average citizens. The chief condition for creating unbiased informational space are observing the code and standards of journalism ethics as not all Ukrainian can use mass media and the majority of people believe any piece of news they see, hear or read about. Distorting political information during the election campaign is a very dangerous phenomenon which can become fatal for Ukrainian sovereignty.

In 2019, we face lack of true information about political figures, their real motivation and, as a result, voters’ failure to motivate their choice rationally. These elections remond a lottery, political game or a show which often leads to irrational choice. Journalists should stick to the code of professional ethics and standards to remain neutral and unbiased.

This is possible via conducting DMF, and cooperation and exchanging experience with our colleagues from the European Union. Objectives of this year’s DMF: To decrease the level of manipulative scenarios in mass media, as they distort reality or distract the public from it.

To reduce the audience’s vulnerability to manipulation from certain political forces and unprofessional journalists.

To stimulate balanced decisions of average Ukrainians concerning the elections, especially in Eastern region of the country.

This year’s DMF in Kharkiv is a combination of discussions and studying which form into three main directions: content, distribution and management.

 

CONTENT (Svitlana Osipchuk, direction curator)

Panel discussion: Media as an instrument for public opinion manipulation in times of electoral turbulence. How to counteract it.

Participants:

Angelina Karyakina, Ukrainian journalists, Hromadske news editor-in-chief,

Nataliya Lyhachyova, editor-in-chief of Detector Media Internet edition,

Jakub Kalensky, expert of Atlantic Council, co-founder of East StratCom Task Force – the European Union project for combatting disinformation (the Czech Republic),

Andriy Romanenko, journalist,

Dmytro Teperik, director NGO «INTERNATIONAL CENTRE FOR DEFENCE AND SECURITY» (Estonia),

Antje Grawe, Deputy Chief of OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine (TBC).

Events:

Master class: Code of journalism ethics: what violations can happen and how to avoid them

Liza Kuzmenko, media projects consultant of the Council of Europe in Ukraine and Ukraine Commission on Journalism Ethics; collaborates with the Hromadske Radio; columnist at “UP:Zhyttyaa”, site “Povaga”, KyivPost, Levyy Bereg, etc.; a trainer of non-discrimination issues and gender equality for professional communities; founder of women's network working in the media, “Women in the media”.

Discussion: Journalists support in the sphere of culture for forming stable environment which will encourage appearance of a new generation of professional journalists in spheres of modern art, design and architecture.  

Kateryna Yakovlenko, journalist, researcher of contemporary art,

Alevtina Kakhidze, artist,

Eugenia Molar, art critic, participant of the DE NE DE movement,

Irina Isachenko, Deputy Editor-in-Chief of “PRAGMATIKA.MEDIA”.

Discussion: Experts in journalism: who checks experts and “experts”?

Angelina Karyakina, Ukrainian journalists, Hromadske news editor-in-chief,

Gustav Gressel, a senior policy fellow with the Wider Europe Programme at the European Council on Foreign Relations' Berlin office (ECFR) (Germany),

Julian Röpcke, the BILD newspaper editor-in-chief (Germany),

Aloyna Hetmanchuk, director of New Europe Analytical Centre (Ukraine) (TBC).

Discussion: How and what for to oppose digital humiliation in all types of media? Slut-shamimg, slut-bashing, cyber bullying as manifestation of digital bullying and humiliation

Taya Gerasimova, editor-in-chief Update,

Oksana Romanyuk, CEO, NGO “Institute Mass Information”,

Maria Zubareva, expert on communication technologies, PhD in Practical Social Communications, President of the All-Ukrainian Association "Solidarity of Journalists", Associate Professor of the Department of Documentation and Information Technologies of the National University "Ostroh Academy", founder of "School of PR Technologies by Maria Zubareva",

Svitlana Osipchuk, trainer and lecturer of The Ukrainian Center for Holocaust Studies.

Discussion: How not to be boring while telling about scientific research and reforms? If it is possible to gather, analyse, visualise and describe data without programming skills? How to present results which look like an interesting story? 

Andriy Savchuk, analyst of the data of the Civic Network "OPORA",

Kyrill Bezkorovayny, co-founder of Kunsht magazine,

Galina Petrenko, director of NGO “Detector Media”,

Andriy Gasin, data journalist and data visualization specialist of Textura.in.ua.

Discussion: First-hand journalism: on the role of civic journalism, bloggers and other participants of modern media landscape 

Sergiy Tomilenko, the Head of National Union of Journalists of Ukraine,

Andriy Romanenko, journalist, coordinator of DIY-Kramatorsk Centre,

Andriy Yevchenko, Kramatorsk Post site editor,

Denys Mironov, head of Nova Druzhkivka Project,

Julia Kazdobina, chairperson of “Ukrainian foundation for security studies”, advisor to the Minister of Information Policy on Information Reintegration of the Crimea on a voluntary basis,

Ivan Zavrazhnov, founder, head, admin of UAMRPL blog.

Discussion: Gender-oriented media content 

Oksana Romanyuk, CEO, NGO “Institute Mass Information”, expert in the spheres of freedom of speech, media policy, professional standards of journalism, ethics and communications,

Valentina Kuzik, an expert on gender and inclusion of the NGO Internews,

Oksana Yarosh, Doctor of Political science, director of NGO “Gender center of Volyn”, gender expert of the project "Gender Sensitive Space of Modern Journalism",

Natalka Pakhaychuk, the main editor of the hyperlocal sites network "Rayon.in.ua", co-founder of the School of Practical Journalism and the Volyn Media Forum,

Serhiy Shtorhetsky, Associate Professor of the Department of Journalism, NU “Ostroh Academy”, Head of the Independent Media Union of Ukraine, media expert,

Liza Kuzmenko, media projects consultant of the Council of Europe in Ukraine and Ukraine Commission on Journalism Ethics; collaborates with the Hromadske Radio; columnist at “UP:Zhyttyaa”, site “Povaga”, KyivPost, Levyy Bereg, etc.; a trainer of non-discrimination issues and gender equality for professional communities; founder of women's network working in the media, “Women in the media”,

Bogdana Stelmakh, Coordinator of the Volyn Press Club, PR and media communications specialist, Project Manager "Gender Sensitive Space of Contemporary Journalism".

Discussion: Where are we going? Standards or degradation? Could mass media cross the red line during the elections? 

Oleksandr Kliuzhev, analyst of the data of the Civic Network "OPORA",

Maria Frey, chief producer of Regional Broadcasting PTC “NSTU”,

Olexander Burmagin, lawyer, media expert "Human Rights Platform".

Training: Language and architecture of the news

Anastasia Korinovska, journalist NGO “Hromadske TV”.

Discussion: International cooperation against disinformation 

Giedrius Sakalauskas, director of Lithuanian public resistance center Res Publica, representative of Lithuanian Elves initiative (Lithuania),

Robert van der Noordaa, Dutch journalist, a co-author of the investigation of the Russian “Troll Factory” (the Netherlands),

Yakub Kalenskiy, Atlantic Council expert, co-founder of East StratCom Task Force – a EU project to combat disinformation (Czechia),

Andriy Richter, senior adviser of the Office of the OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media.

Discussion: Political Deepfakes 

Michelle Brown, National Democratic Institute, Washington,

Natalia Ligachiova, director of NGO “Detector Media”,

Yaroslav Zubchenko, analyst of NGO “Detector Media”,

Sergiy Karaziy, producer of TV REUTERS in Ukraine.

Discussion: Media communication with authorities, local self-government, and the military in the conflict zone

Konstantin Reutsky, journalist of “Hromadske”,

Tetyana Ignatchenko, press-secretary of Donetsk Regional State Administration,

Andriy Romanenko, journalist (Kramatorsk).

Discussion: Why media is no longer a platform for discussions and debates and how to change the situation 

Anastasia Stanko, journalist of “Hromadske”,

Natalia Kurdiukova, journalist and founder of “Nakipelo”,

Andriy Yevchenko, editor of KramatorskPost,

Tetjana Popova, chairperson of the media group American Chamber of Commerce in Ukraine, - a representative of UA: the First TV channel.

Discussion: Journalism and analytics in zones of war and conflicts: experience of European colleagues 

Francesca Borri, Italian journalist who worked a lot in Syria during the war,

Dmitri Teperik, director of NGO “INTERNATIONAL CENTRE FOR DEFENCE AND SECURITY” (Estonia),

Olexander Hug, former Principal Deputy Chief Monitor of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine.

Discussion: Investigation as a genre for regional media 

Andriy Romanenko, journalist/coordinator of the Center of public control "DII-Kramatorsk",

Bogdan Krasovsky, freelance journalist from Slavyansk,

Oleksa Shalaisky, head of the site “Our Money”,

Hanna Murlikina, CitySites network editor,

Olga Reshetylova, co-ordinator of the Media Initiative for Human Rights,

Maria Tomak, co-ordinator of the Media Initiative for Human Rights,

Olga Simanovich, regional editor GIJN in Russian, project manager of IRRP to promote the organizational development of investigative journalism centers.

Discussion: Communication of reforms through media 

Kateryna Zhuk, director of the monitoring organization Cheriti Tuner (TBC),

the list of speakers shall be agreed.

DISTRIBUTION (Katryna Zhemchuzhnykova, direction curator)

Panel discussion Social networks as the space for the development of populism and the instrument for social thought manipulation

Participants:

Yusuf Omar, co-founder of Hashtag Our Stories, develops the direction of storytelling with mobile video,

Alyona Romanyuk, editor of the information campaign "Beyond the News" (NGO "Institute of the Development of Regional Press"),

Halyna Petrenko, executive director of “Detector Media”,

Josh Laporte, director of media development of European Journalism Center (Brussels) (TBC),

Hanna Murlykina, CitySites network editor (TBC),

Maxim Savanevsky, managing partner of PlusOne (TBC),

Nino Ryzhamadze, legal expert (TBC).

Events:

Master class:

How is Internet privacy regulated in the EU? Is it necessary to protect users and GDPR (General data protection regulation) provisions? (the EU is moving in the direction of increasing regulation concerning personal data; in May 2018 they enacted new laws on personal data which protect users in a better way, but pose problems for foreign western companies. For that GDPR is imposed on companied outside the EU).

Josh Laporte, director of media development of European Journalism Center (Brussels) (TBC).

Radio Liberty training: Promotion of content in social networks 

Valentyna Semenikhina, editor of PC social networks.

Discussion: Role of the illustration for modern social media 

Aksinia Kurina, journalist,

the list of speakers shall be agreed.

Discussion: Key Performance Indicators of material effectiveness besides its virality. Number of references in social networks, reactions, and commentaries — is that enough for KPI?

Irina Negreeva, project monitoring and evaluation specialist,

Natalia Gumeniuk, head of NGO “Hromadske TV”,

Valentyna Semenikhina, editor of social networks “Radio Svoboda”,

Bogdan Karkachev, site editor "News of Donbass ",

Vira Kostenko-Kuznetsova, expert on the development of media projects.

Discussion: Game and entertainment journalism as educational activity and a new way of information promotion 

Anastasia Sakovska, Radio Svoboda,

Maria Fronoschuk, Platfor.ma (TBC),

Eugenia Oliynyk, author of comics (TBC).

MANAGEMENT (Andriy Romanenko, direction curator)

Panel Discussion: Editorial activity well-arranged and awared of as a means of counteracting manipulation in media Participants:

Robert van der Noordaa, Dutch journalist, a co-author of the investigation of the Russian “Troll Factory” (the Netherlands),

Yakub Kalensky, Atlantic Council expert, co-founder of East StratCom Task Force, EU project to combat disinformation (Czechia),

Andriy Dikhtiarenko, The Realna Gazeta editor-in-chief (Luhansk).

Events:

Discussion: Networking. Why participation in joint projects is beneficial for small media. Example of Donbas Media Fellow

Maria Zubareva, Donbas Media Fellow networking coordinator,

Valeria Pechenik, Donbas Media Fellow networking editor.

Training workshops: Main trends of cyber security for media in 2019-2020

Day 1: Vitaliy Moroz, chief of media digital literacy and cyber security programs, NGO Internews-Ukraine,

Day 2: Iryna Chulivska, head of NGO Laboratory of Digital Security, For Free Internet coalition coordinator.

Master class: How to ensure anonymity and privacy for journalists on the Internet? Measurement of digital security (It often happens that journalists work with sensitive information and sources that are to be protected as they are on the occupied territory. Who and how collects information about us as users (technical companies, governments) and how to make risks minimal? What are privacy and anonymity in terms of technology? 

Pavlo Belousov, expert of Digital Security School / NGO Internews-Ukraine.

Discussion Challenges for freedom of Speech and Journalists in the conditions of war 

Tetjana Pechonchik, chairperson of NGO “Information Center on Human Rights”,

Anton Naumljuk, correspondent of “Radio Svoboda”,

Sergiy Tomilenko, chairperson of the "National Union of Journalists of Ukraine",

Andriy Richter, senior adviser of the Office of the OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media.

Discussion Information and Media Literacy (Laws of Media and Information Literacy, MIL) of citizens as a pledge of their active participation in public life 

Oleg Dzholos, PhD in social communication sciences, lecturer of the Institute of Journalism, Kyiv Taras Shevchenko National University; former chief of Donetsk regional state TV and radio company,

Natalia Ligachiova, NGO “Detector Media”,

Vitaliy Holubev, secretary of the Ukrainian National Union of Journalists, lecturer of the Department of Journalism, Ostrozka Academia National University, editor-in-chief of OHO publishing house,

Tetiana Ivanova, Media Literacy course author (Kramatorsk).

Discussion Specific work of Ukrainian journalists in the occupied areas 

Natalia Gumeniuk, head of NGO Hromadske TV,

Marina Kuraptseva, IDP journalist from Yenakyieve,

Andriy Dikhtiarenko, The Realna Hazeta editor,

Tetiana Pechonchyk, head of the board, NGO Human Rights Information Center,

Osman Pashaev, executive producer, UA: Krym,

Larysa Voloshyna, TV presenter, UA: Krym.

Open meeting of the editorial staff of Abo Local Media Development Agency - journalists of Svoyi network and Abo founder Oleksandr Bilinskiy Discussion 

Editorial strategies: from grants to crowdfunding 

Liza Kuzmenko, Hromadske Radio,

representative from VOX Ukraine,

representative from Platfor.ma,

Svetlana Kolodiy, expert on crowdfunding and fundraising, co-founder of Urban Space 500 Public Restaurant, coordinator of projects and programs in the public organization Global Office.

Discussion: Denationalized Donbas media: success and failure 

Konstantin Grigorenko, the editor of the newspaper "Obrii Izyumshchyna", an expert on communal media reform, the secretary of the National Union of Journalists of Ukraine,

Olga Naidionova, editor of "Voice of the community" (Svatovo),

Maryna Zivotkova, editor of "Village News" (Troitske),

Sergiy Tomilenko, chairperson of the "National Union of Journalists of Ukraine".

Discussion: Commercial Models of Regional media: Experience Exchange

Dmitry Fedorenko, СЕО of the online media "Our Kiev",

Anastasia Veritova, head of creative agency (Poltava),

Valery Garmash, CEO of the city sites of the north of Donetsk region,

Elmira Naumedzianova, partnership manager of communication agency Direct Communication.

Discussion: Professional training of journalists: universities, courses, schools 

Svitlana Bezchotnikova, dean of Philological Faculty, Mariupol State University,

Olexander Kryvokulsky, student of the Borys Grinchenko Kyiv University,

Vitali Golubev, lecturer of the National University "Ostroh Academy",

Victoria Nazaruk, lecturer at the Department of Journalism, of the National University "Ostroh Academy",

Olena Taranenko, Head of the Department of Journalism of Vasyl Stus Donetsk National University,

Marina Kuraptseva, journalist, author of "Donetsk News" newspaper.

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