Très cher(e)s membres,

Nos collègues allemands du WPK font un colloque en novembre à Fribourg, pour ceux qui peuvent s’y rendre, mais aussi en distanciel, sur le thème  ‘Science Journalism in the Digital Age’

Ce colloque est précédé par plusieurs conférences en ligne, dont la prochaine est demain, sur le business model et l’écosystème des médias aujourd’hui. 
Nous vous annonçons également le suivant, le 14 octobre. il y aura une conférence par semaine d’ici au congrès de fin novembre. 
Voici leur mail contenant les informations et  les liens pour ceux que ça intéresse, d’abord des deux conférence en ligne, puis du congrès. 
Si besoin, n’hésitez pas a vous rapprocher du bureau, pour plus d’informations. 

Audrey (pour le bureau)


7 October 2020, 5 pm CET

“Democracy Without Journalism? Dimensions of the media crisis”

By Victor Pickard (moderated by Prof. Christopher Buschow)

The US-American media researcher Victor Pickard, a recognised expert on the US media system, is one of the most influential pioneers of a new media order. Pickard campaigns, in particular, for public media systems. His core thesis, first developed in his influential book Saving the News: Toward a National Journalism Strategy states: ‘The systemic market failure that’s afflicting our news industries necessitates policy interventions and public alternatives.’

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14 October 2020, 5 pm CET

“What can governments learn from the media crisis in UK? Recommendations from the Cairncross-Review ‘A sustainable Future for Journalism’”

Dame Frances Cairncross Mod.: Christina Sartori (freelance science journalist; member of the German Science Journalists’ Association WPK)

Dame Frances Cairncross is a British economist, respected journalist and academic. She is the author of the report that takes stock of the British media system and bears her name. Published in 2019, it recommends government support programmes for the media. The British government had already implemented parts of the Cairncross recommendations by the end of last year. Frances Cairncross spent 13 years as an economics correspondent at The Guardian and 20 years as a senior editor at The Economist.

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And further conference to discover here:

Science journalism conference, Freiburg (Germany), 29th-30th November


2020 will go down in the annals as the year of the Corona pandemic – and thus also the year in which it became abundantly clear just how important science journalism is in ensuring that the worldwide public is provided with reliable information. Individual researchers are reaching an audience of millions and have become key advisors for policy-makers and the general public. At the same time, what was already a precarious economic situation for many media companies is now critical.

Against this backdrop, the European conference ‘Science Journalism in the Digital Age’ (SciCon; wants to focus attention on the future of science journalism. What self-image can guide quality science journalism in the digital age? What approaches and partnerships, what business models can lead science journalism into the future? How can we envisage constructive interaction between science journalism and science itself? How can states, foundations and private sector players shape this process of transformation?

SciCon is composed of two streams. In October and November, 11 online presentations will be held. International media experts from Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom and Switzerland will investigate potential future scenarios from various points of view. In several of these virtual sessions, examples of successful new media initiatives will be presented. We will take a look at state-funded media support programmes and address media related economic issues as well as ethical aspects of the profession. All the presentations will be streamed live, recorded, transcribed and documented on the SciCon website ( We will thus create a repository, pooling knowledge related to the key challenges – which science journalism will have to meet in the future.

On 29/30 November, the SciCon working conference will take place in Freiburg. In the light of this diverse experience, journalists, representatives of media companies, foundations, policy-makers and scientists will discuss what should be done in practical terms to create robust structures for tomorrow’s science journalism in Germany.

The virtual SciCon conference series will began on 1 October 2020 with a lecture by Tom Rosenstiel).

The other speakers are in October and November are:

– The French economist Prof. Julia Cagé, author of the book “Saving The Media“,

– Dame Frances Cairncross, author of the report of the same name published in 2019, which takes stock of the British media system. In it, Cairncross recommends government support programmes for the media. The British government already implemented parts of the Cairncross recommendations at the end of last year,

– The US-American media researcher Prof. Victor Pickard. Pickard is one of the most influential masterminds of a new media order and is particularly committed to public media systems,

– The US-American media scientist Prof. Magda Konieczna, a world-leading expert on nonprofit journalism,

– Chris Anderson of Leeds University, a worldwide recognized expert on digital change in journalism (he is the author of the book “Remaking the News: Essays on the Future of Journalism Scholarship in the Digital Age”.

The exact dates of their presentations will be published in good time on this website and on social media.