Who are the epic storytellers of our time, the new European Ryszard Kapuścińskis? And what novel journalistic storytelling forms have been on the rise in Europe? During our 8th conference on narrative journalism: True Stories – Find your voice within the European narrative tradition, we set our sights on European storytelling.
More and more, the familiar rhythm of the news is making way for on-demand journalism—podcasts, long form, YouTube.. The fragmented media landscape creates a space for telling news stories from different angles. The moment when a story appears becomes less and less relevant –what matters the most now is the storytelling voice. But, as a maker, how do you go from being omniscient and objective, to finding your own voice?
To help you find your own voice, we’ll look beyond media borders. Photographers, radio journalists, writers; everyone has their own way of creating a story. Together with the photography storytelling platform Docking Station we organize a separate program on using the power of imagination. How do you get people to pay attention to topics that are overplayed, like migration? A photographer, a cartoonist, a radio journalist and a filmmaker share their views.
We’ll look at how perspective defines your take on the world. An issue like the financial crisis is not perceived the same way in Sweden than in Great Britain. Joris Luyendijk wrote a widely translated book (‘Swimming with sharks’). In collaboration with the Dutch Foundation for Literature, we invited Luyendijk and four of his publishers to talk about how his book did in other countries. In Sweden, this book was in the top 10 for weeks, while in Germany this was far from the case. We ask his publishers to explain.
And we offer expanded horizons. Many important developments, like terrorism and migration, happen across borders. The European Journalism Centre, with help of the Bill Gates Foundation, funded a big project on migration: El País, Le Monde, Der Spiegel online and The Guardian all followed one family (or a football team in case of El País) that was migrating into their country. All four are at the conference to talk about the project and to talk to journalists about their work.
We wonder: what are the stories of our time? What are the stories that are being told by journalists all over the European continent? On April 19, see and hear the work of our speakers on the night before the conference, and get inspired.
The European conference commences on the evening of Thursday april 19th at Pakhuis de Zwijger, where the speakers will present and exemplify their work. Friday april 20th is the day of the conference, where approximately 40 speakers will dissect their work, offer practical how-to-sessions, and where chief news editors from six different European countries discuss specific issues they deal with at their respective editorial offices during a roundtable discussion.