Coming Up - April 24: German Canadian Mediasymposium: (Un) Truth – Journalism and Democracy in the Digital Age

German Canadian Media Symposium 2019

German Canadian Media Symposium 2019, © German Consulate Toronto

01.04.2019 - Article

With a collaborative problem solving approach, and with the floor always open for questions and comments, this symposium explores a cross-pollination of perspectives and tools from Germany and Canada.

Fake news, phony facts - and the increasing use of pejorative terms like lying press for the media undermine the public’s trust in journalism and erode the foundations of Democracy. How can media professionals amplify the facts in the pursuit of common ground, and, in the process, strengthen our beleaguered Democracies? The lifeblood of democracy is a common understanding of facts based on journalistic standards of accuracy and integrity.


1:00 pm -  Welcome

1:15 pm - Opening Keynotes: Media and Democracy in Crisis Mode? - On the ground in Germany

Ursula Weidenfeld is a German business journalist, author, columnist and presenter. She also serves as media councilor for the media institute Berlin Brandenburg. Her recent book “Government without People” discusses the entwined relationship of a crisis in democracy and a media crisis

Gregor Mayntz is the chairman of the German Federal Press Conference, an association that invites representatives of the federal government, political parties and individuals of nationwide political importance to weekly press conferences, where he is working as chief Reporter.

2:00 pm - Media and Democracy in Crisis Mode? - On the ground in Canada

Jessica Johnson is executive editor and creative director of The Walrus, Canada’s leading general interest magazine. She is a former reporter and editor with The Globe and Mail and National Post, and has contributed features and essays to a range of North American publications. 

Peter Loewen is a Professor in the and the  at the . Loewen is substantively interested in how citizens and politicians make decisions and in how technology can improve and impair governance and Technology.

Elizabet Renzetti
Elizabeth Renzetti is a bestselling Canadian author and journalist. A journalist for more than two decades, Elizabeth’s popular column runs weekly in the Globe and Mail, where she is also a feature writer.

3:15 - 4:45: Case Studies: Tools to Rebuild Trust

Kathy English has been the public editor at the Toronto Star since 2007, responsible for transparency and accountability standards across Torstar’s many news organizations.

Behzad Tabibian is an AI-researcher and PhD candidate at Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems in Tübingen. He has experience working at Amazon in Berlin and Seattle as a Machine Learning Scientist intern and at Facebook as a Research Scientist intern. He is a co-founder of a new startup, Reasonal.

Dagmar Ellerbrock is the current Hannah Arendt Visiting Chair at the  Munk School of Global Affairs. she is particularly concerned with emotions and violence, but at the same time with trust, degradation and shame rhetoric under the Nazi regime in Germany

5:00  - Closing Keynote: “Tracking a Growing Epidemic: Targeted Espionage Against Global Civil Society”

Ronald Deibert is the director of the Citizen Lab at the University of Toronto and co-founder and a principal investigator of the OpenNet Initiative and Information Warfare Monitor projects. His research focuses on high-level strategic policy and legal engagement at the intersection of information and communication Technologies.

This event is co-sponsored by our partners Massey College and the Uninversity of Toronto's Communications Department.


Tickets will be availble starting April 10th.

Please check back on our FB account @GermanConsulateToronto for tickets.

The symposium will also be live-streamed.  


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