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Saturday, May 18 • 14:45 - 16:00
All under one roof? Should journalists work with other groups?

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It's one of those questions in which it seems we just can't agree: should journalists work along with academic researchers? And what about advocates? And activists? We all produce content in different 'languages' and aimed at different audiences (or do we?), and we also work in different time cycles. Plus journalists are supposed to be independent and impartial, as supposedly should be academic researchers, right? But then, and thinking of housing, there's for instance a lot of interesting and highly relevant academic research being done in Europe that goes unnoticed by most media and then by the general public, and that could have helped to increase the issue's visibility and put more pressure on decision-makers to address it. Or maybe that's not the role of academic research? Advocacy organisations produce a lot of interesting research that goes unnoticed by mainstream audiences. Maybe they could partner up with media outlets across Europe – or maybe actually that's not a good idea. Then, the same data sets can be used in different ways by journalists, scholars, advocates and other researchers; so it might be worth it to join forces at the data-gathering stage. Or maybe not? In this session, we will have a conversation about those issues and will explore the different pros and cons.

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Cat McShane

Documentary Filmmaker and Journalist
Documentary filmmaker and journalist, making work for British broadcasters including the BBC and Channel 4. Enjoy creating alliances with e.g activists, social scientists, trade unions when developing stories, which ideally have a campaign or social impact element. Recently directed... Read More →
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João França

Freelance Journalist
Freelance journalist based in Barcelona. Until January 2017, editor for the non-profit Fundació Periodisme Plural, which publishes four media outlets devoted to the promotion of social justice. Specialised in social movements and housing. Author of two books: 'Habitar la trinxera... Read More →
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Sergio Nasarre-Aznar

Civil law Professor, UNESCO Housing Chair - University Rovira i Virgili
Sergio Nasarre-Aznar (Tarragona, 1974) is Full Professor of Civil Law and Director of the UNESCO Housing Chair at the University Rovira i Virgili (Spain). He is European Doctor in Law and holds an M.Phil. in Land Economy of the University of Cambridge. Since 2008 he is a Corresponding... Read More →
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Besar Likmeta

BIRN Albania Editor, BIRN Albania
Besar has extensive experience in journalism, having worked in print, television and electronic media in both the US and Albania since 2003.Besar has been the editor for BIRN Albania since 2007, and serves as the country correspondent for Balkan Insight.Besar started his career reporting... Read More →
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Michalis Goudis

Communications Director, Housing Europe
Born in Thessaloniki, Greece.Journalism and Mass Communication studies at Aristotle University. Radio & Data Journalism training at LfM in Düsseldorf and at DJS in Munich. Currently concluding his Master's on Human Geography & Spatial Planning.Reporting, posting and broadcasting... Read More →

Saturday May 18, 2019 14:45 - 16:00 BST