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BCNMedialab has born

The BCNMedialab, a group of journalists that gathers regularly to debate around the media and communications sector, has just born. We think it´s time to open up the debate, add new ideas and seek solutions to the challenges journalism is facing.

We realized about the need to create a meeting point for journalists and those involved in communication, without companies or institutions behind. We want to reflect on the problems, challenges and development paths of our profession and we invite all of you who share similar interests and concerns.

Our starting point is a set of ideas about journalism that we have put together for discussion and can be summarized in one: Journalism should reinvent itself.

First meeting

We are glad to invite you to the first event on Thursday 21st October at 19.30in the Barcelona Bar 37 grados. We thought it was good to start the meetings of BCNMediaLab talking about an issue that is happening right now in many newsrooms: How should journalists work in online social networks? Do they act on their own behalf or on behalf of their employer? We have invited three people who we think can help steer a debate that we want to turn into an open conversation for all attendees.

After the debate we can have a beer together at 37 Grados and get to know each other. See you on Thursday 21st at 19.30. Please, sign in here.

Journalists and social networking

Date: October 21st
Time: 19:30h
Place: 37 Grados (Av. Roma / Comte Borrell)

How far can journalists go in their personal social network profiles? Are they representing themselves or their companies? How far can companies go to enforce their internal rules and guidelines?

Octavia Nasr was fired from CNN after publishing on Twitter a message praising a muslim cleric, founder of Hezbollah, after his death. Mike Wise, sports writer on the Washington Post, was suspended for a month after saying on his Twitter account that a football player was punished for 5 games instead of 6, as part of a experiment.

This and other instances evidence the cultural clash in newsrooms between old standards of (alleged?) objectivity and the new open channels of communication between journalists and audience, where objectivity isn’t as valued as trust and veracity.

In the first BCNMediaLab edition we want to analyze this cultural clash, in which both journalists and companies have something to lose, and something to win. To reflect on this topic, we have invited to chat with us (and you):

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