Mediacafé is an initiative of deBuren, VVOJ, Fonds Pascal Decroos and Mediakritiek.be. In an amiable atmosphere experts discuss themes that are broadly related to media(culture) and journalism. The cafés are open to everyone. We float upon a wave of current affairs, but we also dive deep. We will grill the journalists for a change, but rest assured, we will let them finish their sentences…
The hashtag for the mediacafé debates is #mediacafe
22 May 2013 - 19:30
Alternative financing methods of (investigative) journalism have been in vogue for some time. Just as crowdfunding, a business model whereby the public are involved in the funding of a project. But do we have to take that gamble? Is crowdfunding perhaps the remedy we've waited for? A debate with Arnold van Bruggen (The Sochi Project), Jan Beddegenoodts (The Taste of Freedom), Lin Delcour (VRT, Koppen) and Bieke Purnelle (DeWereldMorgen.be).
What is a degree in journalism worth?
5 March 2013 - 19:30
Editors often express their concern about the skills of their freshly graduated colleagues. Are the courses they attend still relevant and of sufficient quality? How deep is the gap between school leavers and experienced journalists? Do beginners get the proper guidance in the editorial office? What role should courses in journalism play in the future? Iris Musschoot (Campus De persgroep), Michaël Opgenhaffen (Lessius Antwerp), Ann-Sofie Dekeyser (De Standaard) and Jo Bardoel (Radboud University Nijmegen) discuss this with Koen Wauters (VRT) in the chair.
About the relationship between Pharmaceutics, PR and media
28 November 2012 - 19:30
The communication sector has professionalized immensely over the last couple of years, in the pharmaceutical sector as well. Information on medical topics has never been more accessible than it is now. Who profits from this situation, the patient or the industry? A debate with Leo Neels, Marleen Teugels, Joop Bouma, Hendrik Cammu and moderator Dieter De Cleene.
On the thin line between privacy freedom of press
30 October 2012 - 19:30
‘Privacy is no longer a social norm', says Marc Zuckerberg (Facebook). The boundaries appear to be shifting. How do the media deal with this? A debate about boundaries without borders with Tom Naegels (ombudsman De Standaard) and Frederik De Swaef (editor in chief of Story).
A plea for craftsmanship in journalism
10 March 2012 - Afternoon, during Mind the Book
The financial crisis as portrayed in the media amplifies the internal crisis but at the same time they are two separate entities. Are journalist still creative, curious and critical? A view behind the editorial scenes with Karel van den Berg, Xandra Schutte, Wouter Verscheiden and Lisbeth Imbo.
The representation and the staging of the Arabic revolution
21 November 2011 - 20:00
Rudi Vranckx talks to Ausama Monajed, a British-Syrian activist who operates via social media and who features frequently on Al Jazeera as a political pundit. Erik Aerts talks about his experiences as a starting journalist in the area. Moderator: Björn Soenens (VRT).
Does a newsroom need social media codes?
11 October 2011 - 19:30! Attention: starting hour has changed!
Newsrooms formulate guidelines regarding the use of social media. Do these guide lines really solve the problem? Debate with Dean Wright, former Global Editor Ethics, Innovation and News Standards at Reuters and Editor in Chief at MSNBC, Alexander Pleijter, professor New Media and Innovation at the Rijksuniversiteit Groningen and driving force behind The New Reporter, and Olaf Koens, freelancer and twitter fanatic. Xavier Taveirne (Radio 1, VRT) moderates the debate.
5 May 2011 - 20:00
Are our media able to inform us sufficiently about the economic crisis in Europe? What role did the media play in the build-up of the financial crisis in 2008, and how far does the responsibility of journalists reach when they give speculators a free forum? A debate with Sony Kapoor, Peter De Keyzer and Leigh Philips. Moderator: John Van Overtveldt.
Does the consumer of media always get what he wants?
23 February 2011 - 20:00
Will future generations still know what investigative journalism is all about? Are Apache.be, DeWereldMorgen, Il Fatto Quotidiano, WikiLeaks or textmining the examples or solutions for a ‘new’ journalism? Keynote speeches are in English, the debate is in Dutch. With Marc Reynebeau, Daniël Biltereyst, Ingrid Lieten, Leo Sisti, Brigitta Jönsdöttir and Leo Hellemans. Read and watch the keynotes of Leo Sisti en Birgitta Jόnsdόttir!
Must online news be free?
18 November 2010 - 20:15
Can we transfer the old business models, in which we pay for newspapers, directly to online media? Quality costs money, so we should pay for it, also online, but shouldn’t quality be a basic principle in our media? And what are the consequences for a journalist when his content disappears behind a paywall? Can he or she still distinguish him/herself in an online environment? Debate with George Brock (City University London), Paul Lewis (The Guardian), Dieter Haerens (Mediafin) en Piet Depuydt (NRC Handelsblad). Listen to the podcast, read an impression and take a look at the pictures!
How is Europe portrayed in our media
18 October 2010 - 19:30
Good information about the activities of Europe barely reaches citizens. Who is responsible for this? What role should policymakers, journalists and citizens play? A debate with Bart Sturtewagen, Leigh Phillips and Brigitte Alfter. Moderator: Koen Vidal.
4 May 2010 - 20:30
Foreign correspondence is the central topic during the second Mediacafé: where does the news come from and how objective is it? Olaf Koens, a 24-year-old freelance reporter in Moscow and Jorn De Cock, foreign affairs journalist at De Standaard enter into a discussion. Koen Vidal (De Morgen) moderates.
Debate and Documentary
31 March 2010 - 19:00
Who is the journalist of the future? Joris Luyendijk, Ine Van Linthout, Yves Desmet and Chris Atkins come up with a few possible answers during a full evening programme. Take the opportunity to watch Starsuckers for the first time uncensored in Flanders!