Sphera Days

Media and war

December 1, 2022
Rzeszów, Poland

How (not) to cover the war.
Challenges, mistakes, story ideas when covering a conflict.

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Everything changed on February 24th. Stories as we knew them are being overwritten. Question is – where do we go from now?
To answer this, we have been in the city of Rzeszów, one hour from the Ukrainian border. Together we will think how (not) to cover the war. About challenges, mistakes, story ideas when covering a conflict and its impact.As Ukraine defends itself against Russian invasion, whole Europe finds itself in a place where values are tested, commitment required and repercussions of this war felt not only in Bucha but on a different level in Tbilisi, Madrid, London or Vilnius. Russia has been fighting its misinformation war with Europe for years to build up chaos and allow itself to justify their actions. Journalism has to finally catch up.


November 30 – Day 1
Warm up, arrival of participants: up to 14:00
Networking lunch – 14:00 – 15:30

15:30- 15:40 – Stage
Media and War. Opening of the Event
Jakub Górnicki

15:40- 16:00 – Stage
Ethical Aspects of Covering War
Nastya Stanko
Tom Mutch
Tina Lee

16:00- 16:30 – Stage
How Is This War Different From Others?
Pawel Pieniazek
Olga Rudenko

16:30 – 17:30- Stage
30 Years of Covering Conflict
Ron Haviv

20:00 – Stage
Networking party

December 1 – Day 2

10:00- 10:30 – Stage
How Has the Ukrainian Media Situation Changed Since February 24th?
Olga Myrovych

10:30- 11:00 – Stage
War, Laugh, and Donations.
Christian Borys
Krzysztof Pijarski

11:00- 11:30 – Stage
OSINT and Its Role in Shaping the Narratives of War
Oliver Imhof
Wiola Myszkowska
Sandro Gigauri

11:30- 11:45 – Coffee break

11:45- 12:30 – Stage
HIMARs and Javelins for the Army. What Do the Media Need?
Roman Stepanovych
Veronika Boiko
Victoriia Kudriashova
Piotr Drabik

12:00- 14:00 – Round Table Room
The Fix Foundation Priorities Workshop
Sabine Sile
Jakub Parusiński

12:30- 13:30 – Stage
New Audiences and Disinformation: Experiences From Poland and CEE
Michał Gostkiewicz
Edyta Iwaniuk
Zuzanna Olejniczak
Łukasz Kijek

Lunch break – 13:30- 14:30

14:30- 15:00 – Stage
What’s Going on in Belarus? How BY Media Are Doing Now
Aksana Brovach
Edyta Iwaniuk
Volha Khvoin
Anton Ruliou
Andrzej Mikolajewski

15:00- 15:30 – Stage
Russians Are Coming. Caucasus and Central Asia. Opportunity or Threat?
Nino Robakidze
Bektour Iskender
Aizirek Almazbekova
Yana Modelova
Piotr Drabik

15:30- 15:45 – Coffee break

15:45- 16:15 – Stage
Journalism and / or Documenting War Crimes
Oksana Kovalenko
Iryna Shvets
Yana Korniychuk
Julia Tymoshenko

16:15- 16:45 – Stage
War From Different European Perspectives?
Alicia Alamillos
Ellen Heinrichs
Tetiana Kolesnychenko
Soukaïna Ouhajji

16:45- 17:15 – Stage
How Do We Continue to Cover Ukraine Without Losing the Audience?
Maria Zhartovska
Maja Kuczmińska
Nicolas Freund

17:15- 17:50 – Stage
Where Do We Go From Now?
Marichka Paplauskaite
Daniel Rząsa
Daryna Shevchenko

17:50- 18:00 – Stage
Jakub Górnicki


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