World between the Lines Festival
26.06.2022 - 28.06.2022Between the Lines FestivalInternational training and media festival
About the event"International participation, networking opportunities."
The programme was created with the idea of bringing together journalists of various backgrounds and providing them with an opportunity to discuss topics in the global media field. During the training, participants attended presentations, workshops and discussions in which they could learn and discuss issues, that are challenging journalistic ways or informing.
The event was organized by the media initiative World between the Lines. The Festival took place on the premises of the Department of Journalism of Comenius University in Bratislava in Slovakia.
Below you can find the programme with presentations, workshops and discussions including summaries, said quotes and used materials along with written and audio feedback from participants. You can also scroll down to find the gallery and feedback from participants.
Feedback from participantsWhat message are you taking home from this training?
"In the end, I grasped a lot about the complexity of journalism areas and how every one of them has its specific magic inside."
"Almost everything was more or less useful. Look out the damn window. Be critical (and empathetic at the same time), maintain the integrity and never stop carefully considering the ethical questions, because that's when you go wrong."
"Diversity and sensitivity. It is not okay to enforce stereotypes or sexist views through our work and it's important to recognize those shortcomings, especially when teaching about them. These were the critical comments, but I'd also like to place thanks where it's due, the entirety was interesting and people were mostly nice."
"Everything was amazing, but if I had to choose multiple choices, then I would choose discussions with Tom Law, András Foldes, Diane Hielscher, Mirek Tóda, Ivana Mrvová and the journalist from Costa Rica. I am interested in regions, which aren´t covered in our media in such quantity even though these topics deserve it. I am such a big fan of them and their work. I was lapping up the experiences, and news from them. I would love to stay in touch with them and hear a lot more from them."
"Fact-checking is more important than ever. Go and always check the window. If it is raining or not. :) but more importantly, it inspired me to what much more is possible to do in the journalistic field..."
"I met very interesting people."
"Everything was interesting. I really can't choose only one."
"That journalism is much more diverse than I previously thought."
"The idea that we have the skill and the ability to change things that don't sit right with us, I'd say. The phrase that journalists need to follow science and the metaphor of looking from the window to see if it rains (during the last discussion). To be a good journalist, you have to be human - feel, talk, have empathy, be brave, be open and curious."
Credits and disclaimer
Credits and disclaimer
Event was organised by media initiative World between the Lines, and coorganised by People in Need Slovakia, Department of Journalism at Faculty of Arts at Comenius University in Bratislava, and by Journalistic Award in Slovakia (Novinárska cena).
Other perspectives with journalists from the Global SouthHamimu Masudi
"Journalists have to dig deep. They have to provide context, historical background, see the big picture and make connections."
Presentation from Hamimu Masudi
Other perspectives with journalists from the Global SouthMichele Ferris Dobles
"We organized workshops where migrants and locals could sit and talk. We found that activities where people actually meet each other can change the negative attitude towards migrants."
Presentation from Michele Ferris Dobles
Katariina from Estonia What catched your attention during presentations from Global South?
Feedback from participantsDid you learn something useful during presentations?
"I was inspired by the research that Michele Dobles was working on."
"The prospect of hearing about countries and their problems that are not often written about in Central Europe inspired me."
Migration as an issue to cover
Migration as an issue to cover
He also provided tips on how to spot hate speech and emphasized the dangers of giving the wrong people the chance to play the victim.
"Hate speech is sometimes like a dog-whistle. Not everyone can catch it."- Tom Law
"Just because it's interesting to the public does not mean it's the public interest."- Tom Law
Feedback from participantsWhat did you think of the presentation?
"Tom’s presentation was very interesting, I liked that he brought up the topic of ethically interviewing people and I’d really like to learn about it more."
Global imagination in the media
Global imagination in the mediaShani Orgad
"Shani's presentation was amazing, it made me realize how easily we become blind to what we see in everyday media. It's a good way how to improve my general overview."
Important is also the use of language. According to Shani Orgad, it is shocking how normalized has become the use of animal-like descriptions of refugees and migrants. The term "jungle" was used as an example. It is often used by journalists when describing refugee camps.
"Animals live in the jungle. It is dehumanizing and has consequences. Also using the phrase ‘refugees were pouring into this-and-that-country.’ It evokes the image of a flood, which is often catastrophic."
"Showing a person in a less human way can jusify the violence later on."-Shani Orgad
World based only on media
What message about our world did the newspapers give?
"Based on newspapers, the world is full of conflicts and white men. Culture is insignificant."
Mária from SlovakiaDo you think that the image which media presented during pandemic was accurate?
Štěpán from Czech RepublicDid you learn something useful during presentation about global imagination?
Nataliya from Czech RepublicWhat was important for you personally from the presentations?
How to work in the field
Everything was backed up with videos and documents from his journeys.
"It eases the communication when you are friendly and familiar with their customs - how to greet them, eat with them, thank them,... It shows you have respect for their culture."- András Földes
Feedback from participantsDid you enjoy the workshop?
"András is very positive, has interesting thoughts, and is fascinated by his work. His lecture was very interesting, as was his work."
"András was amazing, I loved to see all aspects of fieldwork, how to grasp everything, be ready and respectful, and the importance of showing all sides with consideration on what they are saying."
Petra from SlovakiaWhat did you like about field workshop?
How to make a great podcastDiane Hielscher & Jana Maťková
Feedback from participantsWhat did you think of the workshop?
"I loved the energy of Diane. She was the perfect example of a person who lives for their job and has been doing her best ever since. I enjoyed everything to the fullest. The friendliness and the mass of experiences just amazed me."
Ema from SlovakiaDid you find the podcast workshop useful?
How to make good pictures with a phoneTomáš Benedikovič & Jana Čavojská
"It's important to think about how the light falls on the face because if it is wrong, it can ruin the whole picture. It's also better to have an empty background. because the person is the main focus."
It is possible if you know what to look out for
Workshops also included practical activity, where participants tried to create the best photos with their phones.
By working with their own phone, participants learned skills that can be beneficial in the field.
Feedback from participantsDid you find the workshop useful?
"Good recommendation about photos inspired me."
Helen from FinlandDid you find photography workshop interesting?
Central-eastern vs. western
Central-Eastern journalism vs. Western journalismBeáta Balogová, Nicholas watson, Mirka Širotníková, Rob Anderson
"Being a journalist means remaining human even if it contradicts personal benefit."- Beáta Balogová
"The idea of pure objectivity is a little bit naive. But what journalists can do is to approach the story fairly."- Rob Anderson
"Nobody said journalism is easy and cool. It's not. It's tiring and sometimes bloody miserable, you cover difficult themes. It is also very rewarding, but still very very hard. Journalists need to accept that."- Nicholas Watson
Female fixer from PalestineAmeera Ahmad Harouda & Ivana Mrvová
Feedback from participantsDid you find the discussion interesting?
"Her speech was very impressing and her job is amazing."
"Situation of female fixers in the Middle East was very interesting. Really wanna get to know more!"
How to write for international mediaMirka Širotníková & Rob Anderson
They also provided tips on how to prepare a proper pitch for media such as Reuters or Al Jazeera. A successful pitch should be relevant, shocking, up-to-date, and surprising.
"Don't have too much complexity or too many names because people will become bored."
"The worst thing you can say is that it is complicated. No one wants to hear about that."- Rob Anderson
Finding the main message
"No one is interested in the complexities of politics of the individual country. It has to be very clear, simple, and something that is important to know outside of the country."
"Journalism is a very rewarding job, but there is also a high chance of burn-out."- Mirka Širotníková
Journalists in war zone
Journalists in a war zoneMirek Tóda & András Földes
"Part of reporting from these places is also this special feeling of - History is being created here."
Some stories can not be shared
"We need to find a way how to report war without exhausting ourselves. We need to find balance."
Importance of laughter
"I am suspicious of journalists who are solely war journalists. There is a very thin line to not make it about entertainment and ego. We are not there to be heroes, we are there to be humble, almost invisible, report and come back."Mirek Tóda
"For me, the frontline is not interesting. People shooting each other look everywhere the same. What is interesting is people and their stories and how they were changed."- András Földes
It all started on the riverWith a mesmerizing view over the Danube river, participants met for the first time over tasty dinner and refreshing lemonades.
The best way to start networking = while admiring the sunset
Coffee & Snacks
Endless coffee, fresh water and snacks
Mareena Café gives opportunities to migrant women. The goal of Mareena Café is to contribute to their economic independence and social inclusion, to develop their potential and skills, and at the same time to deepen relations between Slovaks and foreigners.
And we can say nothing less than that these women were the sweetest people ever!(Almost as sweet as their delicious baklava.)
Moutains of pizza and falafel
Lunch time!Food was provided by Arabeska bistro and everything was also in vegan and gluten-free options.
Great minds never stop working(Even if it's time to eat.)
But what mattered the most, was the friendly and easy-going atmosphere.