By Anna Litvinenko
EastcastJan 29, 2023
Olga Rudenko on Ukrainian journalism and her work for Kyiv Independent
Mariia Dumanska and Catalina Hernández talk with Olga Rudenko, editor-in-chief of The Kyiv Independent. In little over a year of being founded, this Ukrainian English-language online newspaper has become one of the main sources of information about Ukraine for the world, playing a crucial role in reporting on the war since the Russian full-scale invasion in February 2022. How did she and her team get there, how does she assess the development of Ukrainian journalism in the recent years, and how do journalists cope with challenges of covering the ongoing war in their country?
Alexander Polivanov on Russian journalism in exile
How do Russian independent media operate after the beginning of Russia’s full-scale invasion in Ukraine? Should journalism try to remain neutral in the face of the war? Alexander Polivanov, a chief editor of Helpdesk Media, talks about the challenges Russian independent media has been faced since February 24 2022 - and the solutions Helpdesk Media has developed for working in exile.
Raluca Radu on journalism in Romania
Arianna Elsasser and Christelle Lelo discuss communication and journalism studies in Romania with professor Raluca Radu, director of the Journalism department at the University of Bucharest. She is also coordinator of the Romanian branch of the European Journalism Observatory and editor of the Romanian Journal of Journalism and Communication. Raluca Radu has witnessed firsthand and participated actively in changing the way journalism operates in Romania. How has Romanian society and journalism progressed since 1989? What else needs to be done? What are the interrelationships between Romanian politics and journalism? In today's episode, we discuss one of Central Europe's most interesting digital media and journalism cases.
Alicja Ptak on her work for Notes from Poland and journalism in the times of crisis
In this episode, Alicja Ptak of Notes from Poland and Reuters talks about her experience as a journalist at different news agencies in times of crisis. 2022 saw not only the continued crisis surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, but also Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine and the various consequences it carried. In this context we talk about the limits and liberties of small and large media, mental health in crisis journalism, and journalists’ role in activism.
Peter Bajomi-Lazaar on the Hungarian media system
Sophie and Luisa talk with Peter Bajomi-Lazaar, professor of Mass Communication at the Budapest Business School University of Applied Sciences, on current challenges and developments of the Hungarian media system. The talk focusses on the societal polarization and divides within the media system, Orbán’s media policy, as well as on the influence of the Russia's war in Ukraine on the Hungarian media discourse.
Ksenia Iliuk on combatting disinformation during Russia’s war in Ukraine
In this episode, we talk with data scientist Ksenia Iliuk about Russia’s disinformation campaigns during the war in Ukraine, as well as about ways to combat digital propaganda on national and individual level. Ksenia Iliuk works for the NGO LetsData and specializes in leveraging the power of artificial
intelligence to identify and expose hostile information influence, in particular on social media. In cooperation with the Ukrainian NGO DetectorMedia, they analyze online media discourse around Ukraine and provide data-empowered insights.
Zmicier Mickiewicz on current media situation in Belarus
How can Belarusians access independent media under the rule of the Lukashenka's regime and how can they differentiate between real and fake information? How do Belarusians feel about the war in Ukraine and how do they organise resistance? How can Western countries support Belarus and are they doing enough?
Zmicier Mickiewicz, journalist at Belsat TV and research fellow at Belarus Security Blog, specialises in information warfare, propaganda, and international relations. In this episode, he talks about the challenges Belarusians are currently facing in times of war and uncertainty.
Michał Głowacki on Political Communication in Poland
How important are different types of media for political communication in Poland? Is the word "propaganda" approriate to describe the content of pro-goverment public media in the country? In this episode, Wiktoria Kocent and Konrad Kuleta talk to Prof. Dr. Michał Głowacki, media scientist from the University of Warsaw, about different aspects of political communication in today's Poland.
Prof. Dr. Michał Głowacki is editor-in-chief of the Central European Journal of Communication and a board member of the Polish Society for Social Communication. His academic work focusses on media policy, public media, media accountability and the culture of innovation.
Aliaksandr Herasimenka on Digital Activism in Belarus
In 2020, major protests erupted in Belarus after the presidential election. However, they were violently supressed by the government and since then the authoritarian regime in the country has become even more restrictive. Social media played a crucial role in these protests. How exactly did they help organize the protest despite of the Internet shutdown in the country? Do social media still have a democratizing effect on the society? What is the situation in Belarus now, in the beginning of 2022, and what are the perspectives for the digital activism country?
Dr. Aliaksandr Herasimenka from the Oxford Internet Institute talks among other things about the role Telegram played for protesters and about the power of social media that can challenge authoritarian regimes. The episode is hosted by Michelle Laschinski, Lucia Cecilia Magro and Antonia Vollbrecht.
Jan Motal on the changing media landscape of the Czech Republic
The media landscape in the Czech Republic has undergone a major shift in the last decade and the changes are still ongoing. A new government after the election in 2021, and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic are some of many factors to take into consideration when talking about today’s Czech media.
In this episode, Ruolin Wu and Truls Hovelstuen talk to Dr. Jan Motal, associate professor at the Department of Media Studies and Journalism, Masaryk University, about the latest developments on the media landscape of the Czech Republic.
Claudia-Yvette Matthes on media freedom in Hungary
Is there a spark of hope for Hungary’s media freedom on the horizon? In this episode, Lisa Barsig and Christina Bayer talk to Dr. Claudia-Yvette Matthes about the current state of media system and political communication in the country as well as about a possible window of opportunity for freedom of speech in the wake of the parliamentary elections in April 2022.
Dr. Claudia-Yvette Matthes is Director of International MA Programmes at the Chair of Comparative Democracy and Political Systems of Eastern Europe, Humboldt University of Berlin.
Angelo Haruni on Albanian journalism
How do social media affect journalism in Albania? Are the consequences of the country’s communist past still tangible today? Do journalists experience (self)-censorship and how do they deal with it? Angelo Haruni, TV journalist and reporter for the Albanian news network A2CNN, talks with Kyara Durlinger and Jill Schoeters about Albanian media landscape and its perspectives in comparison with the other Balkan countries.