Countering Populism in Public Space: Media professionals

How to deal with factually correct but misleading statements?

Summary

Together with media professionals, Das Progressive Zentrum developed a guideline for a confident and conscious approach towards anti-democratic populism in public space. The project “Countering Populism in Public Space” benefited from the experiences of the dedicated participants and prepared the results for media use.

With approximately 20 media professionals from radio, TV, print and online newspapers as well as blogs, the project „Countering Populism in Public Space“ synthesized their experiences to put forward this collection of experiences for a confident and conscious approach towards anti-democratic populists in public space.

The collection of experiences deals with, among other questions:

  • How to deal with factually correct but misleading statements?
  • Which guidelines have proven successful in editing offices?
  • How can community management protect against hatestorms?
  • How does the structural change in the media affect the self-conception of journalists?

Über Countering Populism in Public Space

Das Projekt „Countering Populism in Public Space“ wurde durch das Bundesministerium für Familie, Senioren, Frauen und Jugend (BMFSFJ) gefördert und erhielt inhaltliche Unterstützung durch die Hauptpartnerinnen Amadeu Antonio Stiftung und Neue Deutsche Medienmacher.

About Countering Populism in Public Space

The project “Countering Populism in Public Space” was sponsored by the Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth (BMFSFJ) and was supported in terms of content by the main partners Amadeu Antonio Stiftung and Neue Deutsche Medienmacher.

Further projects against populism

„Countering Populism in Public Space“ is one of many projects of Das Progressive Zentrum which deals with the topic “populism“. The research project in Spring 2018 investigated the role of traditional media in legitimising and discrediting populist parties in Germany and Great Britain „Mediating Populism“ in Spring 2018 investigated the role of traditional media in legitimising and discrediting populist parties in Germany and Great Britain.

Furthermore, a comparative policy brief with partners from Terra Nova (Paris) and Volta (Mailand) analysed the state of populist parties in France, Germany, and Italy. The Thinking Lab on Populism „Dialogue on Europe“ even brings together six national perspectives from Greece, Italy, Spain, Portugal, France, and Germany. With the fact-checking project „TruLies“ as well as the policy brief on dealing with populists in the German Bundestag (see articles in Die Zeit, Berliner Zeitung, Frankfurter Rundschau), Das Progressive Zentrum developed a more specific focus on the situation in Germany.

Authors

Paulina Fröhlich

Head of Resilient Democracy
Paulina Fröhlich leads our Resilient Democracy team. She directs innovative dialogue projects, such as "Europa Hört", designs and curates Innocracy, a conference on democratic transformation, and co-authors discussion papers, such as "Glotzt nicht so romantisch" and the study "Die Talkshow-Gesellschaft".
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Authors

Paulina Fröhlich

Head of Resilient Democracy

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