New forms of journalism: working in conflict zones and during an information war

In the context of worrisome statistics and reports, showing worsening media freedom in Bulgaria, new forms of journalism are finding their way into the media landscape. A handful of young freelance journalists create their projects on their own and cover hotspots, the information about which is either scarce or provided only by foreign information services. The search for different journalism methods, especially using contemporary technology, could be the key to creating competition among the media outlets and improving the quality of their services.

Georgi Kozhuharov, Georgi Totev and Krassimir Yankov are three young freelance journalists who talked to us about what it is like to travel to Ukraine or Iraq and get live broadcasts in the evening news of the national televisions or in online media outlets. What does it take to prepare this kind of projects and why is it that the Bulgarian media environment needs such ventures? How dangerous is it to work under the conditions of an on-going information war, what does this war represent and what kind of knowledge is needed in order to be a journalist in a conflict zone? What security measures are needed for the journalists to be safe while they work in a war zone?

Moderator: Louisa Slavkova, Sofia Platform

The event took place on Monday, 23 March 2015 at 19:30 in Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”, New Conference Hall (behind the building of the library).

The event is organized by the Sofia Platform in partnership with the Association for European Journalists – Bulgaria and the Politology Department at the Sofia University.