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Media Partnership: Stars4Media Day - Ready for AI & enlargement?


Media Partnership: Stars4Media Day - Ready for AI & enlargement?


Is the European media sector ready for AI? Are media professionals prepared for the impact of EU enlargement? What measures can policymakers implement during the future 2024-2029 mandate? Europe MédiaLab, in collaboration with its consortium partners in Stars4Media NEWS and Stars4Media FACTCHECKING, presents Stars4Media Day. Held under the auspices of the Belgian Presidency to the European Union, this conference promises to become the focal point for discussions on the future of the news media industry.

Hosted at Résidence Palace, the event will bring together the Stars4Media community, media associations, policymakers, and other media industry professionals. The morning session will feature panel discussions covering crucial topics such as the development of an industrial policy for the news media sector practical applications of AI and innovation, and the challenges of disinformation, particularly in Eastern Europe.

With a focus on fostering collaboration, innovation, and addressing pressing issues like cross-border media consolidation and fact-checking, Stars4Media Day aims to pave the way for an European industrial policy tailored to the needs of the news media sector. This event builds upon Stars4Media's successful transformation projects and aligns with the EU's efforts to rebalance the digital ecosystem, empower media professionals, and combat disinformation.

Through engaging debates, insightful panels, and collaborative sessions, Stars4Media Day will serve as a platform for shaping the future of media in Europe. Don't miss this opportunity to be part of a vital discussion at the intersection of media and policy trends, driving positive change and innovation in the industry.

Organised by: Europe MédiaLab
Media Partner: Euractiv



Residence Palace
Rue de la Loi 155, 1048 Bruxelles


15 March 2024 - 09:00 to 18:00 CET - MAIN DAY

Résidence Palace POLAK room (150 seats)/Maelbeek room (60 seats)

Morning sessions:
09:00 - Opening keynote & introduction
- Vera Jourová*, Commission Vice-President for Values and Transparency
- Maria João Rodrigues, President of the Foundation for European Progressive Studies
- Plenary host: Christophe Leclercq, Founder & Chair Europe MédiaLab

09:30 - Panel 1: An industrial policy for the media sector
- Moderator: Radovan Geist, Euractiv Slovakia
- Paolo Cesarini, Director European Digital Media Observatory / European University Institute
- Dan-Flaviu Nechita, Head of Cabinet of MEP Dragos Tudorache
- Paul Nemitz, Principal Adviser on the Digital Transition, DG JUST
- Christophe Leclercq, Founder & Chairman Europe MédiaLab

10:30 - Coffee break

10:45 - Panel 2: AI issues & innovation
- Moderator: David Mekkaoui, ex-CEO of Euractiv, Reporters d’Espoirs, future Europe MédiaLab Managing Director
- Vincent Peyregne, CEO WAN-IFRA
- Alina Poliakoca, English Edition Managing Editor, Ukrainska Pravda
- Liviu Stirbat, Head of Unit AI & Industry 5.0, DG Research, European Commission

11:30 - Panel 3: Fighting Disinformation in Eastern Europe
- Moderator: Lyndsey Jones, Associate consultant, strategist & coach, WAN-IFRA & Stars4Media NEWS
- Mariia Leonova, Managing Director, The Tellers
- Catalina Dumbraveanu, Stars4Media NEWS Coordinator, VUB
- Max von Abendroth, Senior Adviser Europe Media Development Investment Fund

12:15 - Ending keynotes
- Iliana Ivanova*, Commissioner for Education, Research, Innovation, Culture and Youth
*Video message.

12:30 - 14h15 - Marketplace for Media Innovation Funding: networking lunch
Afternoon sessions (Parallel sessions):

Stars4Media NEWS innovations - Polak room - ONLY FOR PARTICIPANTS

Moderators: Zlatina Siderova, Lars Boering, EJC + all the coaches.

14:15 - 14:45 - Keynote “Collaborations in the news sector in a new AI era”
Charlie Beckett, Professor in the Department of Media and Communications at the LSE, Founding Director of Polis
14:45 - 15:30 - Tour de table & update from all 9 BOOST projects (part 1)
15:30 - Joint networking coffee break
15:45 - 16:00 - Tour de table & update from all 9 BOOST projects (part 2)
16:00 - 16:30 - Group work: key learnings.
What’s transferable, what challenges did you encounter, what can we learn from each other?
16:30 - 16:45 - Reporting from the two breakout groups
Moderator: Jean-Paul Schupp
16:45 - 16:50 - Next steps, anticipating World News Media Congress in Copenhagen 27-29 May. Stephen Fozard, WAN-IFRA
16:50 - 18:00 - Coaches-boosters exchange (Please book in advance.)

Stars4Media FACTCHECKING results - Maelbeek room - ONLY FOR PARTICIPANTS

Moderators: Radovan Geist & Andrej Findor

14:15 - 14:45 - Stars4Media FACTCHECKING results. Tour de table of participating media
14:45 - 15:30 - Stars4Media FACTCHECKING policy recommendations for media sustainability: further research, visibility of fact checks & trust, sustainable funding
15:30 - Joint Networking Coffee break
15:45 - 16:15 - Informal brainstorming on future projects
16:15 - 17:00 - Exile media perspective on disinformation, Alexander Gubsky, The Moscow Times, NE (Guest speaker)


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