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Panel discussion

Monday, 24. June 2024 6:00 pm – 7:45 pm Save in my calendar

Panel discussion

Democratic Reporting in Times of Elections

How Political Journalism Can Help Safeguard Democracy

2024 is a super-election year and a lot is at stake for democracy in the United States, Europe, and Germany. The radicalization of right-wing parties and their anti-liberal agenda pose new challenges for political reporting in our democracies. At the same time, media outlets themselves are now targets of anti-democratic parties and groups. How can journalism fulfill its democratic function in this demanding environment? What common practices  of election-related reporting should be scrutinized and questioned? How can journalists cover groups and leaders who oppose democracy without trivializing, normalizing, or providing them with a platform? Which groups of society are overlooked in the reporting and what is at stake for them?

Since 2016, media professionals in the United States have addressed these questions intensively to provide important answers and new proposals. The Heinrich Böll Foundation, Washington D.C. and the German media non-profit Neue deutsche Medienmacher*innen e.V. cordially invite you to discuss these and other questions together with experts from the USA and Germany.


  • Jay Rosen, professor of journalism at New York University
  • Errin Haines, editor-in-chief of the independent newsrooms 19th*News
  • Hadija Haruna-Oelker, journalist and author
  • Shakuntala Banerjee, incoming Head of Department Politics & Current Affairs, ZDF 

Introductory Remarks: Elena Kountidou, CEO Neue Deutsche Medienmacher*innen & Jan Philipp Albrecht, Co-President Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung

Moderated by: Aline Abboud, journalist and news anchor

Language: English with German translation


Margo Wieseler,
Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung Berlin  E

Sabine Hämmerling, Senior Programme Officer Transatlantic Relations, Heinrich Böll Foundation

Rebecca Roth, Project Leader, Neue deutsche Medienmacher*innen

Ella Müller, Democracy Program Director, Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung Washington, DC

» Participation on site
at the the Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung Conference Center, Schumannstr. 8, 10117 Berlin

Please register in advance. Unfortunately, the number of seats for this event are limited. If we are at capacity, the conversation will be transmitted via video to other rooms. 

» Livestream
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Mitteleuropäische Zeit (MEZ)
Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung - Headquarter Berlin
Schumannstr. 8
10117 Berlin
Heinrich Böll Foundation - Headquarters Berlin
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