SEFF Media Forum



Centrum Dialogu Przełomy fot. Juliusz Sokołowski



The talk which will take place in this discussion panel gives insight into the modern methods of journalistic work in the era of digitalisation.

In “the perfect time for ambitious journalism” (Pauline Tillmann) anyone can report and comment – also those with no professional education. At the same time, the respective elements of journalistic work – word, picture, sound – are put together and edited individually. Contemporary journalists, therefore, need to have both technical and creative skills. New forms make it increasingly difficult to distinguish journalistic content from film or literature. Progress, with all of its trial versions that are experimental by nature, comes first. So is “editing” an outdated word? Will reporting and commenting on world events become unpaid? Will media gatekeepers become redundant as a consequence of unlimited possibilities of networks which define modern democracy? These questions, and many more, will be discussed by Polish and German journalists, presenting up-to-date issues concerning contemporary journalism through the lens of their own experience.

The meeting takes place in cooperation with  the Dialogue Centre Upheavals and Friedrich Ebert Stiftung from Germany.


Admission free


Friederike Frach

Born in 1975 in Dresden, culture specialist and author. Teaches ethics at the DEKRA Hochschule für Medien in Berlin. Has experience in documentary film and cultural journalism. The topics of her work are mainly remembrance culture and contemporary history. Author of “Schloss Wiepersdorf: Das Künstlerheim unter dem Einfluss der Kulturpolitik in der DDR” (2012) and the essay “The Berlin Wall today” (2014).


Małgorzata Frymus

Graduated from the Catholic University of Lublin and the Film School in Łódź. Journalist and columnist for Polish Radio Szczecin. Lecturer at the University of Szczecin. She has made culture programs and TV reportages, and has directed documentary films, including “Celluloid Tales” (2014) and “The Great Green Wall, Africa for Africa” (2015).


Tomasz Raczek

Film critic, columnist, publisher, lecturer, director of film channels. Creator of television and radio programs, author and co-author of books on film. Cooperates with numerous papers and magazines, awarded for his achievements in artistic criticism.


Michael Schmidt

Born in 1954 in Schwerin. Graduated from journalism in Leipzig. In 1989-1991 worked at the Deutscher Fernsehfunk (DFF). Since 1992 editor and reporter at the Norddeutscher Rundfunk (NDR) in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. Currently managing editor of “Nordmagazin.” Often travels to Russia and Europe as a reporter. Author of numerous books and texts on journalism.


Christhard Läpple

Born in Ludwigsburg in 1958. TV journalist at Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen (ZDF), author of books and TV documentaries. Since 2013 has been working at Studio Berlin in the current events department. Member of various juries, including Aspekte-Literaturpreis (Aspekte Literature Prize). Awarded the German Federation of Journalists (DJV) prize for “persistent reporting,” and in 2013 the Deutscher Fernsehpreis (German Television Award) for “Heute Journal.”


Fundacja Friedricha Eberta (Friedrich Ebert Stiftung)

Friedrich Ebert Stiftung is one of the oldest political foundations in Germany. It is a non-profit organisation whose idea and core values are connected with social democracy. The foundation’s Schwerin office in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern organises various events in education and political consulting throughout the whole region. The foundation's activities focus around Polish-German cooperation, especially that concerning civic issues, and the offer is open to all and any interested citizens. Friedrich Ebert Stiftung has its branches in nearly 100 countries, among them in Warsaw.

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