scoopcamp 2020: "We must listen more."

Hybrid event in HafenCity and online - lessons from media innovation conference
25 September 2020
Scoop Award

Jeff Jarvis, a U.S. journalist and professor of journalism in New York, had an early rise Thursday (September 24) for his live, online keynote at the 2020 scoopcamp in Hamburg and was delighted to accept the Scoop Award virtually. Speaking at the award ceremony, Carsten Brosda, Senator for Culture and Media, remarked: "Jeff Jarvis is a bridge builder between traditional and new media. He manages to bring both sides together in a creative process." 

This year's scoopcamp, organized by nextMedia.Hamburg and Deutsche Presse-Agentur dpa, was held online. Delegates attended the hybrid event analogously and digitally under the motto of "New Storytelling". Topics on the agenda included sourcing opportunities for media companies and focused mainly on the latest developments and future issues. 

Jarvis: "We need to listen more."

During his keynote entitled "Journalism, rebuilt from the ashes", Jarvis showed how journalism must position itself to master upcoming challenges. "It is our task as journalists to lead the discussion on news, on the nature and origin of information, and not to let it be interrupted - with users, society,  the Internet community. The internet is made to talk, we need mechanisms and tools to listen more again." Chris Waiting, Chief Executive Officer of the non-profit news publisher, The Conversation, presented a journalism model based on partnership between journalists and academics, which is already causing a stir in Britain.

Relevance of media in digital age

Meinolf Ellers, Chief Digital Officer of the Deutsche Presse-Agentur dpa steered a panel discussion featuring Christina Elmer (Der Spiegel), Juliane Leopold (ARD-aktuell) and Julia Lumma (Verlagsgruppe Rhein Main) who gave insights into those news organisations. Emphasis was on changes in newsrooms caused by digital transformation and the corona pandemic. The closing debate focused on how media can remain relevant in the digital age. Among the panellists were Peter Kropsch, Managing Director of dpa, Luca Caracciolo, Editor-in-Chief at t3n and Jessica Staschen, Head of Communications at the Zeit Foundation, who called for a revival of talks on the issue. She noted: “We should present our own opinions to the outside world and listen as well as this is indispensable for a strong democracy.”