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Thursday, September 16 • 10:30 - 12:30
Roundtable: Sustainable financing of media - How can philanthropy help?

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As we transition to the digital future, how can business models for high-integrity independent journalism be developed? Follow the discussion at a special roundtable of European donors and beneficiaries on philanthropic funding of media and journalism. How does a sustainable future of news media look like? Can trust, credibility, and independence be (re-)earned by structural funding through foundations and what are the specific needs of investigative journalism, culture journalism and solutions-based journalism?

Organized in partnership with ERSTE Foundation.

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Marius Dragomir

Director, Center for Media, Data and Society (CMDS), CEU Democracy Institute
Marius Dragomir is the Director of the Center for Media, Data and Society of Central European University in Vienna. He previously worked for the Open Society Foundations (OSF) for over a decade. Since 2007, he has managed the research and policy portfolio of the Program on Independent Journalism (PIJ), formerly the Network Media Program (NMP), in London... Read More →
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Maribel Königer

Director of Communication, Journalism and Media, ERSTE Foundation
Maribel Königer is Director Communication, Journalism and Media at ERSTE Foundation in Vienna, editor-in-chief of the foundation’s online magazine and responsible for ERSTE’s programmes supporting investigative journalism in Central, Eastern and South Eastern Europe.After completing... Read More →

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Audrius Perkauskas

deputy Head of Unit, EU Commission, DG Connect, Audiovisual and Media Services Policy
* Joining online!I am deputy head of unit “Audiovisual and Media Services Policy” at the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology (CONNECT). During past 15 years at the Commission and DG Connect, I have acquired the experience... Read More →
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Christoph Plate

Director Media Programme Subsahara Africa, KAS Media Africa, South Africa
Christoph Plate is Director of the Media Programme Sub-Sahara Africa of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, based in Johannesburg, South Africa. In the 1990s he worked as contributing Africa Correspondent for the German Newsmagazine “Der Spiegel”, based in Nairobi, Kenya, reporting... Read More →
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Claudia Ciobanu

Poland correspondent, Balkan Insight - Reporting Democracy
Claudia has been covering Poland for Balkan Insight for over one year. She has been a journalist for over a decade, writing about central and eastern Europe. She is particularly interested in social movements, women's and LBGT rights and the ultra-conservative networks working to... Read More →
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Dragana Zarkovic-Obradovic

Manager, Balkan Investigative Reporting Network, BIRN
Dragana Zarkovic Obradovic is director of Balkan Investigative Reporting Network, BIRN, in Serbia and manager of BIRN’s Reporting Democracy program, which covers CEE and the Balkan region. With extensive media experience and a strong background in project management, Dragana leads... Read More →
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Khadija Patel

IPI Executive Board Chair, Head of Programmes at the International Fund for Public Interest Media, South Africa
Khadija Patel pushes words on street corners. She is passionate about the protection and enhancement of global media as a public good and is the head of programmes at the International Fund for Public Interest Media  She is the former editor-in-chief of the Mail & Guardian in South... Read More →
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Knut Olav Åmås

Executive director, Fritt Ord Foundation
* Joining online!Knut Olav Åmås is the executive director of the Norwegian Fritt Ord Foundation. He has served as the deputy minister in the Norwegian Ministry for Culture, and as the culture and opinions editor at the daily newspaper Aftenposten. He holds a cand. philol. degree... Read More →
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Marie-Laure Muchery

Fund manager, Civitates
Marie-Laure Muchery is managing Civitates, a collaborative philanthropic initiative for democracy and solidarity in Europe created by a group of European foundations in 2018 that provide support to build the resilience of the civil society sector, initiatives that push for a healthy... Read More →
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Mary Fitzgerald

Director, Information Democracy, OSF
As director of OSF’s Information Democracy programme, Mary Fitzgerald leads the organization’s work to advance open society values at the intersection of journalism, technology, political accountability, and free expression. She works to support high-quality journalism and address... Read More →
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Merel Borger

Director, Limelight Foundation
* Joining online!Merel Borger is the director of Limelight Foundation, an independent philanthropic foundation, based in the Netherlands. Limelight Foundation funds and supports journalism and civil society organizations that are committed to promoting a strong and free information... Read More →
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Mira Milosevic

Executive Director, Global Forum for Media Development (GFMD)
* Joining online!Mira Milosevic is the Executive Director at Brussels-based Global Forum for Media Development (GFMD). She leads GFMD’s engagement with the United Nations, the Internet Governance Forum, and other multilateral institutions as well as GFMD’s international efforts... Read More →
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Ondrej Liska

Regional Director Europe, Porticus
As Regional Director Europe, Ondrej Liska coordinates, synergises and leads Porticus' philanthropic engagement in Europe in areas as diverse as democracy and civic engagement, education, migration or just transition. In many of these fields, working with and fostering independent... Read More →
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Patrice Schneider

Chief Strategy Officer, Media Development Investment Fund
Patrice Schneider, Chief Strategy Officer, started his publishing career as a journalist reporting from conflicts in Central Asia at the end of the 1980s. Before joining MDIF in 2002, within the Time Warner Group he served as Managing Director of Netscape Europe overseeing European... Read More →
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Réka Kinga Papp

Editor-in-Chief, Eurozine
Editor-in-chief of Eurozine, Papp is a journalist specializing in environmental, social and human rights issues, author of a book on sex work and prostitution in Hungary, Aki kurvának áll: szexmunka sztorik (Once You Enrol As a Whore: Sex Work Stories, Kossuth 2017). She anchored... Read More →
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Sameer Padania

Director / Strategic Advisor, Macroscope / Journalism Funders Forum
Sameer Padania runs Macroscope, a UK-based consultancy focused on strengthening public interest journalism and information. In 2021 he served as Lead Rapporteur for the Forum on Information and Democracy's Working Group on the sustainability of journalism, leading the global repo... Read More →
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Scott Griffen

Deputy Director, International Press Institute (IPI)
Scott Griffen is deputy director at the International Press Institute (IPI), a global network of editors, publishers and journalists defending press freedom since 1950. He is the author of numerous IPI reports on diverse topics related to press freedom and independent journalism and... Read More →

Thursday September 16, 2021 10:30 - 12:30 CEST
Press Club Concordia Bankgasse 8, 1010 Vienna