A breath of freedom. Follow us in Berlin!September 4, 2017 | Diana Medvedeva
Day fourth was marked by the visits to the places where Polish, German and Czech cultures meet and intertwine. Once again, we differed in opinions and our impressions were distinct. This time we want to share them with you separately, so that you can see how different nationalities (and personalities) see the same event.
Todays trip to the German-Polish Magazine Dialog was very interesting, because I actually always heard about it but never really get in touch with this agency. Mrs. Stekel gave us an overview of her daily work. I was surprised to hear, that people actually asking very personal questions to the Magazine (f.e. day care). But I think it was sometimes a bit difficult to follow because of the translation issue.
The second stop at the Czech Centre with Mr. Sacher provided us with more details about the problems that journalists these days are facing. Thus, this was a good addition to yesterdays talk with Mrs. Chladovka. The second talk with Mrs. Banaszczuk was impressive too, but I think she missed the point of her topic. We were supposed to talk about hate speech but in the end we mostly talked about other issues.
The visit to Polish-German magazine DIALOG and the presentation on the Foundation for Polish-German cooperation gave me some insight about the reality of how the two worked in the past times and what are their challenges in current political situation. Though I am glad to know more about the entities that are so visible in the sphere of Polish NGO-funded projects, I was looking forward to the visit in Czech Centre to learn more about Czech media landscape. That is why I enjoyed a lot the meeting with Mr Sacher: a former journalist, now working in the field of cultural projects and cultural promotion. He provided us with the brief overview of the Czech media market, with which I was not familiar. He shared with us also his experience and behind-the-scene knowledge of the Czech media and the profession itself: how the role, importance, and perception of the figure of journalist changed throughout the last decade. Regretfully enough, we had to end this meeting after just a half an hour: time too short to leave room for more than one or two questions. I get the feeling that if only we had more time, the discussion with Mr Sacher would have turned into one of the most informative, non-repetitive in the whole seminar. The interest was apparently mutual, since Mr Sacher was eager to extraxt some information from us as well: what media and how we are using on the daily basis, how do we form opinions etc.
Meeting with Mrs. Chladkova unfortunatly did not meet my expectations. Although we did touch upon the subjects we were supposed to talk about, Mrs. Chladkova answers to our questions were vague and evasive.
Diana (Czech Republic):