In early January 2020, the BBC reported about a new “mystery virus” in Wuhan, China. Since then, news organizations around the world have learned important lessons from covering Covid-19 that could become valuable for how they cover the climate crisis.

Never in the history of modern news journalism has a…


Discours d’ouverture de la conférence académique ‘La mode come modèle. Mode et éthique’ par Wolfgang Blau, Sorbonne Université, Faculté des Lettres, Grande Ecole de Journalisme du CELSA. Paris, April 15th 2021 (English version)

Bonjour. Merci, Professeur Perrier, pour l’introduction et de m’avoir invité à être ici avec vous aujourd’hui.

Comme…


Opening keynote by Wolfgang Blau for the academic conference ‘La mode come modèle. Mode et éthique’ by Sorbonne Université, Paris, Faculté des Lettres, Grande École de Journalisme du CELSA. April 15th 2021 (version française)

Good morning. Thank you, Professor Perrier, for the introduction and for the invitation to be here…


This is the summary of a conversation about Europe’s journalistic vulnerability which started with this tweet: “Macron sees a need to write an open letter to the Financial Times, challenging an earlier opinion piece in the FT. …


‘Selfies’, early 18th century. (Kenwood House, London, wblau)

Mark Zuckerberg’s decision to downgrade publishers in Facebook’s newsfeed seems like a knee-jerk reaction, a brash response to the negative reputation the company has acquired since Trump’s election.

What else has motivated him? There are reports about declining user engagement and an overall shift towards “private social” i.e. chat apps


(posted with kind permission by South Korea’s daily newspaper ‘The JoongAng Ilbo’)

“South Korea’s nationwide daily newspaper ‘The JoongAng Ilbo’ sat down with Wolfgang Blau, The Guardian’s digital strategy director, in late June to discuss the newspaper’s successes and the challenges ahead.

Mobile journalism, he said, could “bring about the…


A few days ago, I wrote about the ever same questions some European media journalists keep asking me.

Lina Timm, a German journalist, saw my post and responded here on Medium: “Dear @wblau, I got some new questions for…


I had (the privilege) to give a couple of interviews to media journalists these last days in Europe and keep wondering: why are eight out of ten questions about the future of journalism predictably negative and why do they seem to keep asking the same questions over the last seven…

Wolfgang Blau

Affiliations: Visiting Research Fellow, Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, Oxford University. / Trustee Director, Ellen MacArthur Foundation, UK.

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