Today, in the age of (micro-)blogs and big data, the Forth Estate is suspended between extremes. Radical fragmentation and monolithic centralization pose multiple threats to democracy. The conference “Whatever happened to journalism?” engages upon a critique of this development and explores alternatives. The opening panel addresses the problem of monolithic centralization in the digital sphere by looking from a variety of angles at “Mass Media in the Post-Snowden World” (Day 1). The panel “Alternatives to Data-Silos” (Day 2) explores emerging tools for democratic aggregation against the backdrop of the new wealth of networks failing to realize its full potential. In an afternoon workshop the conference investigates "New Models of Complicity within the Fourth Estate" (Day 3) by looking at emerging journalism networks.
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