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02: Wartime Journalism: The Case of Ukraine

Breakout / Working Group
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What is the difference between propaganda and journalism in the 21st century? What is the role of journalism during hybrid conflicts? Can journalism contribute to problem-solving if it focuses on the background and reasons for conflict and reflects on the way out of the situation, as opposed to a primary focus on factual reporting? Alongside these theoretical notions, our session will introduce practical experiences of the various paths that journalists have taken during the current conflict in Ukraine: some become entangled in information wars; others strive for more detached, fact-based reporting.


Managing Editor for Investigative Programming, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Kyiv
Professor, Department of Communication, University of Vienna
Project Manager Europe, ERSTE Stiftung, Vienna Chair


Managing Editor for Investigative Programming, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Kyiv

2008-2015 Deputy Chief Editor, Kyiv Post Newspaper, Kyiv
2012-2015 Contributor, Wall Street Journal
2014 Regional Editor, Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project, Kyiv

Dr. Jürgen GRIMM

Professor, Department of Communication, University of Vienna

1979-1981 Deputy Project Manager, Media Effects in International Politic", Prof. Dr. G.W. Wittkämper, ZUMA - Zentrum für Umfragen, Methoden und Analysen, Münster
1981-1983 Scholar, Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes
1983 Research Assistant, ZUMA - Zentrum für Umfragen, Methoden und Analysen, Mannheim
1984-1988 Post-Doc Research Assistant, DFG-funded research project "Reality Impartment by the Mass Media", Prof. Dr. W. Früh, ZUMA - Zentrum für Umfragen, Methoden und Analysen, Münster
1985 Ph.D., University of Siegen
1989-1990 Post-Doc Research Assistant, Prof. Dr. Rudolf Wildenmann, Forschungsstelle für gesellschaftliche Entwicklung, University of Mannheim
1991-1994 Project Management, "The Media: Simulation and Reality", Prof. Dr. Jochen Hörisch, Universty of Mannheim
1998 Habilitation, University of Mannheim
1998 Lectureship, Department of Media and Communication Studies, Westfälische Wilhelms-University Münster
1998-2002 Project Manager, Talkshow Analysis, Universty of Mannheim
1999-2001 Interim Professor, Communication Studies, University of Augsburg
2001-2002 Interim Professor, Media Studies, University of Düsseldorf
2002-2004 Interim Professor, Media Studies, University of Siegen
2003-2004 Visiting Professor, University of Vienna
since 2004 Professor, Communication Studies at University of Vienna
2005-2011 Director, Forum for Methods, Social Science Faculty, University of Vienna
since 2012 Director, Forum of Social Sciences, Center for Methods, University of Vienna


Project Manager Europe, ERSTE Stiftung, Vienna

2001-2004 Diplomstudium der Publizistik- und Kommunikationswissenschaft, Politikwissenschaft, Geschichte und Slawistik, Universität Wien
2004-2007 Doktoratsstudium der Publizistik- und Kommunikationswissenschaft, Universität Wien
2007-2008 Projektassistent im Büro des österreichischen Bildungsbeauftragten, KulturKontakt Austria, Projektbüro Podgorica
seit 2008 Projektmanager, Programmbereich Europa, ERSTE Stiftung, Wien

Political Symposium

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18:00 - 19:30The Grand Bargain of Humanitarian Assistance: How to Mobilise More Aid and Make It More Effective?Partner


11:00 - 12:00Genocide: Terminology, Dimension, PreventionPartner
14:00 - 16:00OpeningPlenary
16:30 - 18:00Muddling Through or Starting Anew?Plenary
18:30 - 20:00Maintaining Peace and Security in Times of Growing InstabilityPlenary
19:30 - 21:00Focusing on Security PolicyPartner
20:00 - 22:00ReceptionSocial
22:00 - 23:30Young Talents - Los ColoradosCulture


08:00 - 09:00Breakfast ClubBreakout
09:30 - 12:00Breakout Session 01: Success! The Do's and Don'ts of Changemaking in EuropeBreakout
09:30 - 12:00Breakout Session 02: Wartime Journalism: The Case of UkraineBreakout
09:30 - 12:00Breakout Session 03: Losing Out: Paths to Radicalism?Breakout
09:30 - 12:00Breakout Session 04: Austria in the EU: 20 Years of Experiences and ExpectationsBreakout
09:30 - 12:00Breakout Session 05: Eradication of Energy Poverty: A Key to Reducing InequalityBreakout
09:30 - 12:00Breakout Session 06: New Paradigms for European SecurityBreakout
09:30 - 12:00Breakout Session 07: Does the EU Drive (In-)Equality?Breakout
09:30 - 12:00Breakout Session 08: Inequality of Outcome and Inequality of Opportunity: Two Incompatible Sides of the Same Coin?Breakout
09:30 - 12:00Breakout Session 09: Interoperability in Humanitarian Operations: From Coexistence to CooperationBreakout
09:30 - 12:00Breakout Session 10: Young Refugees in Europe: Missed Opportunities - Future Chances?Breakout
12:00 - 13:30Lunch ReceptionSocial
13:30 - 16:00Breakout Session 11: Inclusiveness: The Key to Sustained ProsperityBreakout
13:30 - 16:00Breakout Session 12: Authoritarianism on the Rise: A New Global Competitor for DemocracyBreakout
13:30 - 16:00Breakout Session 13: The Unequal State: How Inequality Blocks Society's Creativity and How to Achieve Radical ChangeBreakout
13:30 - 16:00Breakout Session 14: Integrating People | Knowledge | Potential: Recognition of Migrant's SkillsBreakout
13:30 - 16:00Breakout Session 15: The EU Member States: Giants, Dwarfs and Those in Between?Breakout
13:30 - 16:00Breakout Session 16: Towards More Union in European DefenceBreakout
13:30 - 16:00Breakout Session 17: How to Make TTIP Inclusive for All? Towards a Fair World Trade OrderBreakout
13:30 - 16:00Breakout Session 18: Sustainable Development Goals: Why Should Europe Care?Breakout
13:30 - 16:00Breakout Session 19: The Inequality of Climate ChangeBreakout
13:30 - 16:00Breakout Session 20: Games Politicians Should PlayBreakout
17:00 - 18:30Dead-End Europe? Asylum and Refugee Policy in FocusPlenary
19:00 - 20:30The EU and Russia: Rivals, Opponents, Partners?Plenary
21:00 - 22:30CANCELED - Late Night Talk: Islam, "Islamic State" and ViolencePlenary


09:00 - 09:30InDignityPlenary
09:30 - 10:15Existential RisksPlenary
10:45 - 12:15Sustainable Development Goals: From Aspirations to RealityPlenary
12:15 - 12:30Concluding RemarksPlenary