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DIALOGUES Parontes (Present): Is the News on Lockdown?

February 19, 2021

ATHENS — An SNF DIALOGUES webcast with Yorgos Avgeropoulos and the journalists, photographers, and filmmakers, who participated in the production of the iMEdD documentary "Parontes" (Present).

Isolation, fear, and the need to manage the biggest health crisis in modern history have shaped both the content of the news and how it is reported, in a year lived under the shadow of COVID-19. As part of the “Reflect, Reform, Restart” Journalism Forum by iMEdD (incubator for Media Education and Development), SNF DIALOGUES held an open discussion on Wednesday, February 17th at 18:30 (EET) between journalists and the public on the current state of journalism and the challenges facing the transmission of reliable news in the midst of a societal state of emergency. The starting point for the online discussion was the avant-première of the documentary “Parontes” (Present) by Yorgos Avgeropoulos, iMEdD’s inaugural documentary production.

A DIALOGUES webcast followed the film screening, featuring Yorgos Avgeropoulos, and a group of well-known journalists, photographers, and filmmakers, who contributed to the production of “Parontes”, and also collaborated with a broad group of contributors, for iMEdD’s multi-dimensional April 2020 project “Parontes”, engaging with each other and online viewers in a live discussion.

The discussion featured Elena Apostolidou (journalist), Fenia Chala (journalist), Sofia Exarchou (screenwriter, director, producer), Phoebe Fronista (journalist, producer, videographer), Marianna Kakaounaki (journalist), Yannis Kolesidis (photojournalist), Kostas Koukoumakas (journalist), Giorgos Moutafis (photojournalist, filmmaker), Yannis Ntrenoyannis (journalist) and Alexia Tsagkari (reporter, filmmaker).

The SNF DIALOGUES strive to tackle key journalism-related issues in the midst of the COVID crisis: from fragmentary access to data, both in Greece and internationally—even when data concerns human lives during the Pandemic—to cases of open censorship, to the public’s questioning or even denial of pandemic-related information, to media particularities and the new ways defining not only news dissemination but also the ways press professionals work with each other, which have evolved and accelerated due to the Pandemic.

Watch the DIALOGUES webcast, DIALOGUES “Parontes” (Present): Is the news on lockdown? at snfdialogues.org 

The DIALOGUES are curated and moderated by Anna-Kynthia Bousdoukou.

*The opinions expressed by DIALOGUES participants are solely their own and do not necessarily represent the views of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) or iMEdD. Speakers’ remarks are made freely, without prior guidance or intervention from the team.

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