Prague Media Point
Prague Media Point is an annual international conference, dedicated to discussing the changing media landscape in a professional, political, economic, and social context. These events gather leading academics, journalists, media executives, and experts from around the world to exchange experiences, establish new contacts, and debate challenges facing both traditional and new media. The Prague Media Point project evolved from the 25 Years After Conference, which took place in 2014 and focused on the transformation of the media industries in Central and Eastern Europe since the fall of the Berlin Wall. The 2015 edition, Populism, Authoritarianism, and the Media: The Age of Mediocracy and Mediacracy, addressed the influence of authoritarianism and populism on the development of the media and communication industries. The 2016 edition: Media and Migration, addressed the broad topic of media and migration, focusing on topics such as the role of the media in the refugee crisis; media depictions of immigrant and migrant communities; and the media’s influence on belonging and identity – especially in the context of transnationalism, multiculturalism, and a globalized world. In November 2016 Prague Media Point was organized as an ECREA pre-conference.
The project is organized by and is a result of cooperation between Transitions (TOL) and KEYNOTE:
Transitions (TOL) was founded in 1999 and is a leading online newsmagazine and media development organization with a mission of actively championing democracy, pluralism, and freedom of expression. We do this by strengthening the professionalism, independence, and impact of media and civil society organizations, with a special focus on Central and Eastern Europe, the Balkans, and the former Soviet Union.
Over the past 17 years has built up a reputation as one of Central Europe’s leading journalism educators. To date, over 6,000 journalists and student-journalists from around the world have passed through TOL’s training programs, which have specialized in journalism and new media instruction. Throughout the year, TOL offers courses focused on a number of beats and methods of reporting. The courses include initial online sessions before students arrive in Prague and then at least a week of lectures and reporting experience in the Czech Republic, led by top-notch journalists working for either international (the BBC, AP, NPR, The Economist, The New York Times, etc.) or Czech media. The TOL study abroad programs are reporting-based, which means that after morning lectures, students get out of the classroom and report real stories under the guidance of their instructors. At TOL we believe in close, personalized attention to each student, and instructors provide individualized assistance and guidance for every student as they pitch, develop, report and write their stories.
Through its experienced team, KEYNOTE deploys unique conference design capabilities and organizational acumen. We can develop each event from an initial concept, through a thorough planning and preparation period, to a successful execution. We are aware of the importance of event follow-up and sharing outcomes – like conference reports, executive summaries, or media reports – with guests.
The KEYNOTE team and our pool of highly qualified and experienced collaborators focus principally on politics, international relations, security, civil society, new social trends, and business. We regularly cooperate with a number of highly respected speakers in these areas.