On 23 September, world class media thinkers including Jeff Jarvis, Rafat Ali, Mark Glaser and Paul Bradshaw, joined the European Journalism Centre (EJC) for a day of debates on the future of journalism at PICNIC 2010.

Held in Amsterdam every year, PICNIC is a renowned festival-cum-conference that blurs the lines between creativity, science, technology, business and society.

Covering the successes and failures of recent years in the media industry, as well as the growth of public engagement, EJC’s exclusive one-day PICNIC 2010 programme focused on the real need to reconstruct journalism and its relationship with the citizen and society.

The four general concepts of the EJC session included:

  • In a time of experimentation and testing, trek with us through the contemporary digital landscape in the context of journalism’s possibilities;
  • Explore the dynamics of social media in a networked world, as we analyse the changing relationship between journalists and non-professional contributors to the public sphere;
  • Through discussion of sustainable revenue models, join us as we look at ways to monetise (and secure) the future of news;
  • Take a closer look at the relationship between privacy and democracy in light of Internet governance.



Jeff JarvisJeff Jarvis, is author of 'What Would Google Do?'. He is associate professor and director of the interactive journalism program and the new business models for news project at the City University of New York's Graduate School of Journalism. @jeffjarvis

Rafat AliRafat Ali is the founder of paidContent and parent company ContentNext, the media company covering the business of digital media, entertainment and information industries. In July 2008, he sold ContentNext Media to UK-based Guardian News & Media, left the company and is currently on a sabbatical.

Paul BradshawPaul Bradshaw is described by UK Press Gazette as one of the country’s “most influential journalism bloggers”. He publishes the Online Journalism Blog and is the founder of the investigative journalism crowdsourcing site Help Me Investigate. @paulbradshaw

Ulrik HaagerupUlrik Haagerup is executive director of news at DR, National Danish Broadcast Corporation. He is a John S. Knight Fellow from Stanford University, and a member of World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on the Future of Media.

Mark Lee HunterMark Lee Hunter is the author of manual for investigative reporters 'Story-Based Inquiry', and a founding member of the Global Investigative Journalism Network. He is the only person to have won awards from Investigative Reporters and Editors Inc. for his investigative reports and his scholarly research.

Howard I. FinbergHoward I. Finberg is director of interactive learning at The Poynter Institute. Prior to joining Poynter he founded and ran The Digital Futurist Consultancy. He was honored as the Newspaper Association of America “New Media Pioneer” in 2000, and now teaches about the impact the internet has on the media industry.

Mark GlaserMark Glaser is executive editor of MediaShift and an expert on the changing journalism landscape. He also writes the bi-weekly OPAIntelligence Report email newsletter for the Online Publishers Association. He is a longtime journalist and writer, contributing to the New York Times, Conde Nast Traveler and many other publications. @mediatwit

Nishant ShahNishant Shah is director of research at the Bangalore based Centre for Internet and Society. He has worked as an information architect with companies as diverse as Yahoo, Partecs, and Khoj Studios, looking at questions of digital communities, identities and cultural productions online.

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