Master class by Geir Terje Ruud, Denmark/Norway

«Media crisis – hope for journalism» 13:00 – 13:45, 15:00 – 16:45 November, 24

Kirov Culture Center, Blue Hall, 3rd floor


1.  Economic and political pressure towards media and journalists are the largest threat to democratic and autocratic societies. We’ll look into examples of those who have lost their position and those who bravely fight for the right to publish in countries like Turkey, Hungary, USA, Norway and more. We’ll also share stories about those who take over when the media companies don’t do their job properly.

2. The post fact society. What happens when a society loses the free and critical voices? One answer is a wave of fact check sites. We hear examples from some of the 100 fact check sites around the world.  Who can be trusted?

3. The hope for the future. Modern technology improves journalism. Automation of journalistic work (robot journalism)  is one solution for making more effective and viable products. We’ll discuss how we can use technology to improve the economy of the media companies, so we can support free and independent journalism.


Geir Terje Ruud is an international media consultant, based in Oslo. He was digital news editor at VG in Norway from 2001 to 2008 and digital editor-in-chief at Danish Ekstra Bladet from 2008 to 2013, leading the digital development of the editorial team both places. He is the author of the book Journalistic entrepreneurs. The crisis in the media is your opportunity, published in Norwegian in 2014. He now works in several countries with media companies that are looking for the digital future of journalism. He is also the head of Oslo Media House, a hub for media development.