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ORF DialogForum Alpbach special

The tough competition for coverage and the rise of new contestants from the web are putting particular pressure on media whose mission is to produce quality content. How do the media react to these trends and which future models are developing? Which new alliances and funding models arise? What will make quality media successful in the future?

ORF DialogForum Alpbach special “The Return of Feudalism” – March 3, 2017

Big data, border-less communication, and surveillance are, today, developing at unimaginable speeds. The new digital global order is provoking sentiments of fear and euphoria alike. The four big internet corporations: Google, Apple, Facebook, and Amazon (GAFA) have risen from mere promising start-ups to global economic powers. Their market value, today, has already surpassed that of many national economies. Algorithms, coding, and advertising services have given them access to private data of many individuals in the world. What consequences does this ‘data disruption’ have for democracy? What are the ramifications of data-mining, ‘filterbubbles’, and personalized communication? Does this new digital era require a set of new rules, orientation, and democratic fundamental rights?

On stage: Evgeny Morozov (Journalist, Harvard University, Silicon Valley critic), Verena Metze-Mangold (German UNESCO Commission), Ingrid Brodnig (Author, Editor),
Patrick Swanson (ORF Social Media), Anna Svec (Blogger). You can watch the keynote of Evgeny Morozov and the discussion on demand at

ORF DialogForum Alpbach special “Trapped in the Filter Bubble” – November 3, 2016

What’s true and what’s false? In the digital rush of the online world, stories, news and images are considered successful when they’re clicked on and shared. All news items look the same on a smartphone, whether they’re credible or not. “Go viral or die” is the watchword. No wonder then that conspiracy theories, blatant manipulations and propaganda find it easier today to find audiences in the network of online worlds. In the run-up to the US election we pose the questions: What influence do Facebook and Google have on Europe? What is the effect of filter bubbles and echo chambers? How is the quality media in Europe reacting to the upheavals in the media world? And not least: What does the journalism of tomorrow have to do with democracy in our societies? Do we have to accept that the investigatory role of the media will perish with digitalisation?

On stage: Olja Alvir (Journalist, Author), Bernhard Pörksen (Professor and Chair, Department for Communication and Media Studies, University of Tübingen), Hanno Settele Managing Editor, ORF), Elisabeth Wehling (Researcher, International Computer Science Institute, University of Berkeley), Aidan White (Director, Ethical Journalism Network, London).

You can watch the debate on demand via .

ORF DialogForum Alpbach special “Who will save quality journalism” – November 30, 2015

The Austrian Broadcasting Corporation (ORF) and the European Forum Alpbach invite you to a special edition of the “ORF-DialogForum”, “Who will save quality journalism?” on November 30, 2015. Join us on a journey with profound connoisseurs and pioneers of the global media landscape to trace tomorrow’s quality journalism.

On the plenary

One of them is US journalist Peter Bale, Head of the Pulitzer Price winning journalist collective “Center for Public Integrity”. His investigative research is not financed by the market but by foundations and has a special global resonance in quality media such as the Washington Post in the U.S. or the German Süddeutsche Zeitung. Lisa Totzauer is exploring new paths within the ORF and developing political and informative formats standing their ground in the prime time and on second screen. Markus Lust from VICE Alps represents successful web journalism which is commercially financed due to its cheeky language and aesthetics and succeeds with a hip audience. Lutz Hachmeister, long-time director of the Adolf Grimme Institute, brings along a scientific take on the media landscape and a ranking of the 100 biggest media companies in the world. Anke Plättner, spokeswoman of the board of the German association “Internationale Journalisten-Programme e.V.” and host of the political TV show “Phoenix” on German television, is acquainted with typical biographies and routines in quality journalism and knows what is economically and editorially feasible.

You can watch the ORF Dialogforum on demand at