Moderation of ‘Journalists as observers or journalists’ panel in Berlin


Yesterday I was in Berlin and moderated a panel titled “Journalists as observers or journalists”. It was a great and interactive discussion with war correspondent Simone Schlindwein, Human Rights activist Linda Walter and peace journalist Vanessa Bassil.

European Youth Media Days 2014

From 7 to 11 May I was in Strasbourg to coordinate and support the efforts of 120 young journalists in their reporting of the European Youth Event. Part of my assignment included to author a report on behalf of the European Union.

Photo: Martin Hanzel
On the panel from left to right: Meabh Mac (moderator), Richard Corbett (cabinet of the President of the Council of Europe), Carl Fridh Kleberg (journalist, TT), Rebecca Bengtsson (lecturer, Malmö University) and Andrew Byrne (journalist, Financial Times). Photo by Martin Hanzel.

I also participated in a panel on the future of journalism, and moderated a debate on big data.

Photo: Tomas Lacika
Panel participants were Leonardo Cervera Navas, Head of unit, European Data Protection Supervisor, Joe McNamee, Executive Director of European Digital Rights (EDRi) and Carl Fridh Kleberg, journalist. Photo by Tomas Lacika.
The panel I moderated was called Eagle eye – Big data under control?
Some of the issue covered included who protects the privacy of citizens, who controls data in the end: the big internet firms, the secret services, or citizens through their fundamental rights?


European Youth Media Days 2013

In 2013 I coordinated the European Youth Media Days, which took place at the European Parliament in Brussels, Belgium. The European Youth Media Days is organised by the European Parliament in collaboration with the European Youth Press and this year it focused on current issues of the EU and on the upcoming 2014 parliamentary elections. Topics covered included social movements, new political parties and civil society protests – what is in the future of the European Union (EU)? Who is working to ensure change and sustainability of the Union? What has been the actual impact of #Occupy and other movements on the policy-makers in Europe?

The European Youth Media Days is one of the biggest events in Europe dedicated to young journalists.


I was working with one of the best team I have ever been a part of, thanks guys!


These people work day and night to make sure that the workshops and panel debates run smoothly.


After months of preparations an meeting online, we met in person on 14 October to get the final preparations started.


The team consisted of journalists from all across Europe.