Our second Community Event with iMEdD

Published on September, 20 2023

From 28 to 30 September, our Member iMEdD will bring together the global journalism community for its International Journalism Forum, three days of discussions around journalism and innovation, and how they can co-create the industry’s next day.

On the second day of the Forum, 29 September, we will host our 2023 Community Event.

Here is what we will talk about, and other events not to be missed.

The fifth edition 

This year is the fifth edition of the International Journalism Forum, an initiative designed to provide journalists and all attendees with opportunities for knowledge-sharing, networking and inspiration. 

For 2023, the Forum will be called “Today’s Focus. Tomorrow’s stories.”

For three days, journalists, media professionals, academics, journalism students, independent media and established organisations will gather to discuss some of the most important topics concerning journalism today. From press freedom to the challenges of artificial intelligence, from new methods and tools of data journalism to the coverage of the climate crisis, from media independence to new sustainability schemes, the Forum provides a place to discuss today’s topics and draw inspiration for tomorrow’s stories.

The second Community Event in Athens

After our Community Event in 2022, we are happy and honoured that iMEdD is hosting our Community Event for the second year. On 29 September, Laureates and other Community members like Preparatory Commitee members and Judges will have a space to come together; a space designed for knowledge sharing, and where ideas can be shared to spark important discussions. 

To do this, we have curated a specific programme, solely dedicated to our Community, built on three pillars: inspiration, learning and sharing.

INSPIRATIONFor the first part of the day, our attendees will listen to a series of lightning talks, with the aim of inspiring one another. We will hear Şebnem Arsu, Turkey-based reporter for Der Spiegel and member of our PrepCom, telling us about intimidation of Turkey’s critical media and ways to circumvent it; our Laureate Omer Benjakob will talk about “Flight of the Predator,” the cross-border journalistic investigation into digital arms deals nominated for the Prize in 2023; Jose Miguel Calatayud, Prize Winner in 2022 with “Cities for Rent,” will discuss how to use satire to reach wider and more diverse audiences across Europe; and with 2023 Laureates César Dezfuli & José Bautista we will hear about other ways of telling migration stories.

LEARNING In the second part, we will focus on sustainability. In a time of poly-crisis and unpredictability, sustainability in journalism is needed more than ever. Sustainability has many facets, from financial to ecological, and mental health and well-being are vital to building sustainable and enduring teams ready for a rapidly changing landscape for reporting.

Through a two-part workshop by The Self-Investigation, a global nonprofit catalysing a healthy work culture in the media and communication industries by placing well-being and mental health as a core business strategy and value, participants will look at sustainability through two levels. The first part of the workshop will focus on the sustainability of the self, with a focus on individual tools and practices for managing stress and promoting well-being. The second part of the workshop will focus on how team leaders can foster work cultures that centre on mental health while also encouraging the best from their teams. 

SHARING Lastly, we will close our activities with a panel around the theme of leadership in journalism – and its many forms and different challenges. Winny de Jong (Chief data editor at NRC newspaper and member of our Preparatory Committee) will moderate a conversation with Iliana Papangeli (journalist and managing director of Solomon, Greece), Lucila Rodríguez-Alarcón (co-founder and executive director of porCausa, Spain), Besa Luci (co-founder and editor-in-chief of Kosovo2.0, Republic of Kosovo) and Jakub Górnicki (co-founder and reporter at Outriders, Poland).

Mark your calendars

Apart from our closed programme, many are the sessions not to be missed.

Other sessions to keep an eye on




EPPisodes, a live journalism performance

As the European Press Prize, we are proud to see our live journalism format “EPPisodes” being listed as closing panel of the Forum. EPPisodes is a format brought by the European Press Prize, that brings the journalistic stories from the Prize’s Community to life.

Presenting the journalistic stories of the European Press Prize Community live on stage, “EPPisodes” will be an exciting odyssey from the depths of the ocean to the cafés of the Balkans, and from family secrets and the hidden lives of immigrants to the stories of pirates and their hostages. 

The session will start at 19:00 on September 30 in the Main Hall. Experience the power of our storytellers, live on stage.

The ECA Travelling Exhibition

For the entire duration of the Forum, the “Travelling Exhibition” of the European Cartoon Award will be on display, featuring 20 editorial cartoons belonging to the European Cartoon Award 2023 Longlist. The cartoons are divided into five main topics: Ukraine Invasion, Workers’ Rights and Inequality, Iranian Women, Migrations, and Climate. The Deputy Director of the ECA, Emanuele Del Rosso, will give a tour of the exhibition.

Find us in the Media Village

If you will be in Athens for #iMEdDIJF2023 and would like to discuss anything with the European Press Prize team, you can find us in the Media Village for the entire duration of the Forum, alongside other independent media and journalistic organisations.