Florence, 14 December 2023
Today marks the kick off of the countdown for Voices, the European Festival of Journalism and Media Literacy. The event will take place at the Leopolda Station in Florence on 15-16 March 2024 and is a joint initiative of seven European organisations, led by the Centre for Media Pluralism and Media Freedom (CMPF) at the European University Institute.
“As we live in a world where information is in abundance, but accurate news is not always easy to find, journalism and media literacy become key tools to ensure informed citizenship and democracy. This inaugural edition aims at bringing citizens, journalists and media professionals closer together, encouraging dialogue, and celebrating the pivotal role an informed public plays in societies. Most of all, we hope to foster critical thinking around disinformation.” said Pier Luigi Parcu, Member of the Advisory Board of Voices and CMPF Director.
From tackling journalism’s evolution in a rapidly shifting digital landscape to equipping citizens with the tools to navigate these changes, Voices will steer the conversation toward a more informed future. This will be achieved through curated sessions, interactive workshops, exhibitions, and networking opportunities.
Over two days, the festival will explore the themes that shape our relationship with information and media today. These include artificial intelligence and journalism, disinformation, safety of journalists, the challenges within media economic models, media literacy, elections’ integrity, EU media policies, digital parenting, and digital well-being, among others.
Pre-registration is now open. Sign up here to guarantee a spot for the festival’s main sessions. To be among the first to receive updates when registrations for workshops, training sessions, and interactive activities open, subscribe to the Voices newsletter.
Furthermore, Voices is awarding ten grants of 1000 euros each to outstanding young journalists and teachers to participate in the first edition of the festival. More information about the selection criteria will soon be available.
After Florence, this EU-funded initiative will embark on a journey across different European cities to spotlight media freedom and media literacy as essential elements for the functioning of our democratic societies. The second edition of the festival will take place in Zagreb, Croatia, in February 2025.
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Organisers: Centre for Media Pluralism and Media Freedom (lead partner based at the European University Institute), the European Federation of Journalists, the AISBL EBU-UER, the European Association for Viewers Interests, Journalisme et Citoyenneté, Lie Detectors and Savoir*Devenir.
Lie Detectors’ team gave a lightning talk during the ALL DIGITAL Summit 2018 on how to break silos, build bridges and to boost trust in ethical journalism. The summit explored the significant role of digital skills to improve media literacy, addressing societal issues in a smart and inclusive way.
Juliane von Reppert-Bismarck spoke at the Feature Conference of Global MIL Week 2018 in Kaunas, Lithuania, making the point that if it cannot be for governments to decide what is true and what is false, and if self regulation and fact-checking is not enough, this means we also need media literacy.
Lie Detectors participated in the panel “Spread of (dis)information – views from the academia and from the ground” during the event Fact-checking in the EP organised by the European Parliament this month, talking about media literacy’s critical role in the discussion on factchecking and about journalists’ role in bringing media literacy to life.
ARD-Aktuell, Lie Detectors present joint project in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
ARD-Aktuell and Lie Detectors presented their collaboration to teachers from the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany. Plenty of questions raised on news literacy for youngsters and an exciting new phase for us.
Lie Detectors participated in a panel debate aimed at presenting the key initiatives and arguments in relation to fake news and online disinformation and to reflect on the way forward that was part of the College of Europe’s Executive Education summer courses.
Juliane von Reppert-Bismarck was present during the “Kölner Forum für Journalismuskritik”, a forum taking a self-critical look at journalists’ own actions, to explain how Lie Detectors can help when parents and teachers do not always have the opportunity or the necessary knowledge to talk to the children about the media.
Media-literacy deliberations hosted by the European Commission included discussion on safeguarding independence of media literacy initiatives.
Juliane von Reppert-Bismarck and former European Journalism Centre director Wilfried Ruetten made the case for journalists’ role in spreading media literacy to the next generation at a workshop of the annual Reporter-Forum in Hamburg.
Lie Detectors was invited by moderator Friederike Kärcher to present its work during the session “Four heroes against fake news: Standing up for the truth and against disinformation – creatively and sometimes unconventionally – across different cultures, societies and audiences.”
Lie Detectors responded to the invitation of the European Parliament to participate in this debate aimed to reflect on the new role of education in developing resilience and critical thinking among children as the best way to enable healthy, well- informed and reliable societies.
To celebrate World Press Freedom Day, Lie Detectors will participate on a panel alongside journalists from The Wall Street Journal, CNN, the Committee to Protect Journalists and the International Center for Journalists to focus on the role of press freedom internationally.
LIE DETECTORS’ founder and director Juliane von Reppert-Bismarck discussed the options and pitfalls of improving news literacy in Europe during a one-hour session on Saturday, 14 April.
International Conference: Sociétés civiles, médias et pouvoirs publics : les démocraties face aux manipulations de l’information
At a closed-door session and conference hosted by France’s Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs, Lie Detectors CEO Juliane von Reppert-Bismarck presented take-aways from advisory report by the European Commission’s High Level Expert Group on Fake News, of which Lie Detectors is a member. Fellow panelists included Harlem Désir (OSCE representative for press freedom), Damian Collins (British MP, Chair of the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport select committee), and Bruno Studer (Chair of the National Assembly Committee for Cultural and Education affairs).
The European Commission has designated the fight against online disinformation a priority. In order to start the process, it will host its “Multistakeholder Conference on fake news” on 13-14 November. LIE DETECTORS’ founder and director Juliane von Reppert-Bismarck will participate in a panel discussion offering solutions to the crisis of information on 13 November.
We were extremely honoured to participate in the moving commemoration of the acts of bravery by Leipzig’s citizens in 1989, which helped bring about the peaceful end of communism and usher in democracy. The organisers of this beautiful event this year chose a focus on media freedom.
LIE DETECTORS was excited to present its concept at the Media Meets Literacy conference, which was opened by luminaries Evgeny Morozov and Megan Boler and included dozens of participants from around the world working in dynamic, creative ways to address the challenges of a changing media world.
LIE DETECTORS founder and director Juliane von Reppert-Bismarck discussed the challenge of false information ahead of national elections alongside journalists Karolin Schwarz (Correctiv) and Ralf Paniczek (ZDF).
This informal expert seminar focused on the challenges faced in the context of growing media pluralism in order to debate what different actors may do to ensure the credibility of information, trust in the media and accurately informed political debate in the digital age. The seminar aimed to provide input for the dialogue of EU ministers in the General Affairs Council on 17 October 2017, on the topic of the role of the EU and the member states in ensuring trust in a pluralistic media in the digital age.
Juliane von Reppert-Bismarck participated in a panel discussion on the role of media and social media in promoting political debate.