The seminar entitled „Democratic Values in Media Systems” was held at the Faculty of Journalism, Information and Book Studies, University of Warsaw on Thursday, December 15. The seminar was organized by the Department of Media Systems, headed by prof. Michał Głowacki. 

The event was attended by representatives of academic centers from across Poland and included two plenary sessions and four thematic panels. Participants were welcomed by the Dean of the Faculty, prof. dr hab. Janusz Adamowski who emphasized that the principle of protecting freedom of expression and the freedom of the media is a critical foundation of democracy. 

Gober’s keynote was delivered during a plenary session “Freedom and democracy in media management” moderated by prof. Michał Głowacki. The plenary session consisted of two talks given by representatives of the University of Warsaw; dr Greta Gober, who talked about “Diversity and inclusivity in newsroom management” and dr Katarzyna Kopeć-Ziemczyk, who talked about “Paradoxes of freedom in media’s management and organizational culture”. 

The keynote was based on the results of the Norway-grants funded “Diversity management as innovation in journalism” research project and focused on the epistemological crisis facing modern journalism (related to knowledge gaps and exclusions) and media organizations’ turn to ‘diversity management’ as a solution to restoring the audience’s trust and improving the quality of journalism. Gober argued that if ‘diversity’ has become a buzzword across the media industry, the relationship between news media and participation remains vaguely defined and largely underdeveloped in management practices and journalism research and education and the keynote attempted to address this gap.  

The full programme of the seminar can be seen here.