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Who Is in Control of the 4th Power? – Journalism in the Field of Tension between Freedom of the Press and Voluntary Self-Control

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in deutscher Sprache

What is the current state of quality control in journalistic everyday life and what should it resemble? How do cases such as the invented reports by Claas Relotius’ become possible and how can they be prevented? Do appropriate control mechanisms exist, and if so, how are they supervised?

Correspondent, Israel and Palestine Territories, Süddeutsche Zeitung, Tel Aviv
Berlin Bureau Chief; Head, Political Department, DER SPIEGEL, Berlin
Professor, Journalism and Communication Studies, University of Hamburg
Publisher, Editor-in-Chief, Falter, Vienna
Editor-in-Chief, "Die Presse", Vienna Chair


Correspondent, Israel and Palestine Territories, Süddeutsche Zeitung, Tel Aviv

 Alexandra Föderl-Schmid, born in 1971, has been with the Süddeutsche Zeitung since September 2017 and reports on Israel and the Palestinian territories. Before that, she was editor-in-chief for ten years and later co-editor of the Austrian daily newspaper Der Standard and the news portal She has studied journalism, political science and history and earned her doctorate on the dual broadcasting system in Germany. Furthermore, she was 2005 Reuters/APA-Geiringer-Fellow in Oxford. She was awarded with the Austrian Kurt-Vorhofer-Prize for politcal journalism, the Constitutional Award and the Ari-Rath-Prize. In addition, she was instrumental in the reestablishment of the Press Council in Austria.


Berlin Bureau Chief; Head, Political Department, DER SPIEGEL, Berlin

 Martin Knobbe is the Berlin Bureau chief and head of the political department for the German weekly newsmagazine Der Spiegel. He received a master of arts in history, political science and economic history from the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich. As a freelance writer and founder of the journalist office "schreib.maschine" he worked for several newspapers, magazines and broadcasters and visited from 1999 to 2001 the Henri-Nannen-School of Journalism. From 2001 to 2010 he worked as a reporter for the German newsweekly stern and was stern’s US Correspondent in New York from 2010 to 2015 before he started at Der Spiegel as a reporter. He is co-author of a book published in 2007 entitled "Terrorjahr 1977: Die Geschichte der Roten Armee Fraktion" (1977 The Year of Terrorism - The History Of The Red Army Faction). In 2009 he was a Visiting Scholar at the Center for European Studies at Harvard University.


Professor, Journalism and Communication Studies, University of Hamburg

 Studium der Kommunikationswissenschaft, Soziologie und Psychologie an den Universitäten Wien, Salzburg, München
 Magister Artium, Promotion und Habilitation, Universität München
1992-2017 Professorin für Journalistik und Kommunikationswissenschaft, Universität Hamburg (seither emeritiert)
2007-2017 Academic Director in Hamburg des Erasmus Mundus Master "Journalism, Media and Globalization"
Principal Investigator, Exzellenzcluster Klimaforschung, Universität Hamburg, hier Aufbau der Media Research Group
 Gastaufenthalte u.a. an Universitäten in Lima, Sydney, Tel Aviv, Thessaloniki.


Publisher, Editor-in-Chief, Falter, Vienna

Rainer NOWAK

Editor-in-Chief, "Die Presse", Vienna

1992-1997 Study of History and Political Science (without completing)
1994 Freelancer "Vorarlberger Nachrichten"
1996 Entry to "Die Presse"
2002 Editor, Domestic Policy Department, "Die Presse", Vienna
2004 Appointment to Department head "Chronik/Wien", "Die Presse", Vienna
2009 Appointment to Editorial Director for the new "Presse am Sonntag", Vienna
2010 Appointment to Head of Domestic Policy, "Die Presse", Vienna
since 2012 Editor-in-Chief, "Die Presse", Vienna
since 2014 Publisher, "Die Presse", Vienna
2017 Appointment as Managing Director, "Die Presse", Vienna