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Media conference 2017: Inside our Blind Spots

A report starts with a realisation that we do not know something, but want to find out. It is not always easy to realise what is missing – sometimes one needs a change of optics to see the new stories.

For the thirteenth n-ost media conference, we decided to focus our attention on the blind spots we all have. Blind spots in all senses – the topics and angles that have been left uncovered and the audiences that were ignored. We spent the three days reflecting on what is left outside our view and what are the consequences of this exclusion. Ukraine, the country that has – for too long – stayed outside the view of many Western journalists has been the perfect spot to discuss such problems.

What we report and what we don't see?

What are the consequences of this exclusion? What formats do we need to reach new audiences and keep them? How do we keep the readers engaged with the topics despite the fatigue? What is the right language to discuss the topics that have previously been off-limits, such as mental illness, gender-based violence, sexual identity?

From 5-8 October 2017, 150 European journalists, media managers, activists, and academics met to take part in our three-day conversation.

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Participating journalists

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Albania

Salome Ast

Institutional Fundraising and Programme Management

Berlin, Germany

Sarah Portner

Höhenkirchen, Germany

Daria Sukharchuk

Health Reporter, APM Health Europe

Berlin, Germany

Denis Trubetskoy

Freelance Journalist

Kyiv, Ukraine

Gemma Pörzgen

Freelance Journalist, Ost-West.Europäische Perspektiven

Berlin , Germany

Inga Pylypchuk

Freelance Journalist, Free

Berlin, Germany

Sebastian Christ

Civil Expert, Cyber Innovation Hub der Bundeswehr

Berlin, Germany

Simone Brunner

Staff Journalist, DIE ZEIT

Wien, Austria

Stefan Schocher

Freelance Journalist

Wien, Austria

Cornelia Kästner

LWF

Geneva, Switzerland, Switzerland

Ulrike Gruska

Press Officer, Reporter ohne Grenzen

Berlin, Germany

Andreas Herrmann

Journalist / Medienberater

Herrnhut, Germany

Renate Zöller

Kulturkorrespondenz, Deutsches Kulturforum östliches Europa e.V.

Hürth, Germany

Tamina Kutscher

Freelance Journalist

Berlin, Germany

Aleksander Palikot

Correspondent, RFE/RL

Kyiv, Ukraine

Krsto Lazarevic

Journalist, Ballaballa-Balkan

Berlin, Germany

Paul Katzenberger

Journalist, RedaktionsNetzwerk Deutschland

Moscow, Russian Federation

Nils Bröer

Photographer and Journalist

Berlin, Germany

Othmara Glas

Journalist, FAZ

Frankfurt am Main, Germany

Markus Nowak

Journalist, Kulturkorrespondenz östliches Europa

Berlin/Vilnius

Christina Hebel

Correspondent, Der Spiegel

Hamburg, Germany

Judith Langowski

Newsletter Editor, Reuters

Berlin, Germany

Philipp Fritz

Correspondent, Die Welt

Berlin and Warsaw, Germany