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Digital Discourses
Journalism Today & Tomorrow

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A few decades ago, journalism was exclusive to traditional media such as newspapers, radio and television. Today, the internet has lowered the barrier for publishing and enables anyone to share content in their community. The definition of journalism today may no longer be the same. What is journalism in the digital age? How does the digital age change the role of journalism?


Ary Hermawan Privat © Ary Hermawan

Ary Hermawan

is an editor at large for The Jakarta Post and a co-founder of Project Multatuli. He earned his master’s degree from the University of Arizona School of Journalism and has recently commenced a PhD program at the University of Melbourne.

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Darshini Kandasamy

is an award-winning editor and journalist and a media literacy advocate based in Kuala Lumpur. Currently the editor of Between The Lines, a daily email newsletter that curates, summarizes and contextualizes daily news in Malaysia, Darshini formerly worked at the globally renowned Malaysian site Malaysiakini. She has also contributed to international publications such as CNN and Foreign Policy. She’s the co-founder of Malaysia Information Literacy Education (MILE), an NGO concerned with instilling media and information literacy skills in youth. MILE also created the multi-lingual “Choices I Make” online role-playing game aimed at tackling the country’s COVID-19 infodemic.

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Prof. Dr. Wiebke Loosen

is a senior journalism researcher at the Leibniz Institute for Media Research│Hans-Bredow-Institut (HBI) in Germany as well as a professor at the University of Hamburg. Her primary areas of expertise are the transformation of journalism within a changing media environment, theories of journalism, and methodology. Her current research focuses on the changing journalism/audience relationship, the datafication of journalism, forms of  “pioneer journalism”, the emerging start-up culture in journalism, and algorithms in  “journalism-like” constructions of public spheres.

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Sebastian Katthöver

is DW’s Head of Audience Development in Bonn. The team aims to build a network within the multi-language organization, connecting editorial, marketing, web analysis and strategy units. The team manages more than 200 accounts and advises editors on how to improve their footprint on social media and the web. Prior to his current position, Sebastian worked in DW’s strategy department and in communications with RTL Germany. Deutsche Welle is Germany’s international broadcaster with 289 million weekly users on all platforms.


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Georg Matthes

was previously working as an EU correspondent for Deutsche Welle in Brussels. He recently moved to Jakarta as the German broadcaster’s Asia Pacific Bureau Chief. He is in charge of news coverage in the region, reporting on Indonesia as well as Southeast Asia and Australia. 

He studied at the University of London School of Oriental and African Studies and focused early on Asia. His journalism career started in print journalism. Working at the cutting edge of daily news coverage, he enjoys being behind and in front of the camera. In 2020 Matthes hosted the award-winning series “Baking Bread” and published a best-seller book under the same name.