Media Cluster: These four projects will take place in 2020/21

When starting our Media Cluster’s Call for Ideas at the beginning of this year, we were looking for network projects that would foster cross-border collaboration, promote innovations in the field of media,  and encourage knowledge-exchange and training opportunities within the community.

The quality and creativity of the 23 submitted proposals was impressive and the selection process was therefore extremely hard.

In April, a jury of five network members from different regions and with expertise in journalism, media training, media science and project management, had the difficult task to evaluate the remaining ideas and we are now very happy to announce the four projects that will be implemented in 2020 and 2021.

If you would like to participate in one of the projects or contribute in any other way, keep an eye out for regular updates on


Podcasting for Beginners – A 6-weeks learning course (online)

This online course is for network members who are aspiring podcasters or in the early stages of creating their podcasts. The course is structured over 6 weeks (between 25th May and 5th July) and includes weekly, live sessions, delivered over Zoom, featuring training sessions from guest speakers who are experienced podcasters, editors and producers of different backgrounds. Participants will apply what they learn in the online course directly to their work, and be guided through a process to create a prototype by the end of course. Our hope is for course participants to be inspired and confident to launch their own podcasts after the course, equipped with the tools and strategies they need.

Course participants will learn how to (1) Prepare a show, (2) Plan a podcast series, (3) Record a podcast and identify equipment needed to record in different locations and online, (4) Edit a podcast,(5) Budget and identify sources of funds and (6) Publish, launch and engage in PR activities.  

Contact persons: Kim Ochs and Jelena Prtroric


Reporting on the Climate Crisis - How to tell the Story with Urgency, Innovation and Creativity (Webinar)

The Indo-German Media Network will offer a sequence of five webinars focusing on the climate crisis with experts from different countries. Participants will gain a more critical approach to climate stories and learn how to maximise their impact when reporting on the subject. The webinar series will cover the following aspects: #1 Collaborative Journalism: Getting a bigger picture, #2 Fact checking when doing Climate Stories, #3 Sick world: Climate Change and Health, #4 Climate and Migration, and #5 New technologies to tell climate stories.  

Contact person: Sonja Ernst


Internet 4 Good (Accra, Ghana)  

Many Ghanaians have a wrong and negative perception of the internet because of the unprofessional manner some media practitioners and journalists report on internet scams.  

To dispel the perception many Ghanaians have around internet use, and to promote internet usage for productive and ethical activities, the media requires training. Hence, the overall goal of this project is to contribute to a responsible and balanced reporting and public information on internet use in and about West Africa, and to initiate media advocacy for increased ethical internet use in a way to positively influence public opinion. This project aims to increase the understanding of media practitioners primarily in Ghana on the implications of the singular negative framing of internet use, to equip media practitioners with the capacity for responsible and balanced reporting on internet use and abuse.  Participants will be equipped with the capacity to promote narratives on ethical internet usage by attending a 2-day workshop and media advocacy.   

Contact person: Oyindamola Adegboye  


Covering Populism: A Study Tour and Workshop for journalists (Hungary and Austria)

This project will consist of a combined study tour and workshop on covering populism across Europe. The trip, which will take place in Austria and Hungary, will help the participants understand the situation in each country, as well as incorporate daily workshop sessions to discuss different aspects of covering populism in today’s Europe. In Austria, the far-right Freedom Party was ousted from office after a major scandal and is currently undergoing a party split. With Viennese elections slated for September, it would be an ideal time to explore how a once-strong far right behaves after being decimated by scandal. In Hungary, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s regime serves as a roadmap for other populist politicians; we’ll look at how Orbán has transformed Hungary and how journalists operate in its increasingly restricted media environment, both issues which have taken on new urgency as Orbán’s government reacts to the coronavirus outbreak.  
Please note: The implementation of this trip in autumn is depending on further developments of the Covid-19 pandemic. 

Contact person: Emily Schultheis  

Jury members:
Anna Litvinenko
Clemens Schöll
Haifen Nan
Carlo Backes
Lisa Richter

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