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"Diversity in German Journalism - Do black/migrant/Muslim lives really matter?” Ferda Ataman in conversation with Prof. Margreth Lünenborg

News from Nov 19, 2020

German newsrooms are still predominantly white and male. While about one in every four people in Germany has experience of migration, only about 5 percent of newsroom employees do. When the protests following the death of George Floyd by police violence spilled over from the United States to Germany, most newsrooms found it difficult to address racism in German society. What was the reason for this? What changes are necessary? Would reporting on migration in Germany change if diverse perspectives became the norm?

Margreth Lünenborg, Professor of Journalism at Freie Universität Berlin, will speak with journalist Ferda Ataman on these questions in the series "Journalism in Dialogue". Ferda Ataman is chairperson of Neue Deutsche Medienmacher:innen and spokesperson of Neue Deutsche Organisationen. In her column 'Heimatkunde' (local history) in Spiegel, which appeared till early this year, she has regularly taken a strong stand on topics around immigration society.

In the run-up to and during the program, you can also ask Ferda Ataman your questions on the topic using this pad: https://pad.foebud.org/JiD.

The series is a cooperation between the Center for Media and Information Literacy (CeMIL) of the Institute for Journalism and Communication Studies at the Free University of Berlin, the Medienanstalt Berlin-Brandenburg (mabb) and ALEX Berlin.

The current program will be broadcast live on Tuesday, 24.11.2020 from 11.-11.45 a.m. via https://www.alex-berlin.de/tv/livestream.html and will be available afterwards in the ALEX media library on YouTube.

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