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This Year's Media & Journalism strand!

Since the beginning of Reeperbahn Festival, music journalism is a traditional focus. With the inception of the International Music Journalism Award in 2017 this has become manifest even more. This year we will of course host our IMJAs again, once more not only in English and German but thanks to our partners of Le Bureau Export again in French also. We are looking forward to presenting many of the winners and their awards in a small ceremony as the finale of the Media & Journalism strand!

But as usual there's more: We will look at podcasts as a format for music journalism and together with our partners from renowned German newspaper DIE ZEIT will consider Twitter’s impact on editorials and pop culture. Our new partner TINCON will do a session about standards and data journalism concerning the German rap scene and with great joy we will also host a session on the state of international music journalism with a high profile panel of music journalists including Pitchfork’s editor-in-chief Puja Patel (US), radio personality Zan Rowe (AU), and two of our IMJA Music Journalist of the Year winners who have yet to be announced – have a look at the shortlists here.


Critical Conditions

Our international session on Music Journalism will be looking at recent and upcoming changes of the profession and its media: Is print dead for good? Which qualities can online media deliver besides clicks and data and how can they be monetized? Is broadcast radio thriving despite growing on-demand competition? And have the voices we read, hear and see talking about music become more diverse in the last years, not least more female? How has music journalism changed with the times?

The state of today’s music journalism will be discussed by Pitchfork’s editor-in-chief Puja Patel (US), radio host and ANCHOR Award Jury member Zan Rowe (AU, photo) and the winners of this year’s International Music Journalism Award, who are still to be announced.



Twitter – isn't this in Germany just a few journalists who link to each other's texts? Not anymore! A lot has happened in recent years: aesthetically, pop-culturally, linguistically. The influence of leading Twitter characters now reaches into the big satirical editorial departments of the republic. At the same time Twitter has remained a dangerous place: the next shitstorm is always on the horizon, some people have stumbled across a joke with which they just wanted to grab a few likes. So what is going on on Twitter? How do Twitter punchlines shape pop culture?

All this will be discussed in the session Ist Twitter Pop (Is Twitter Pop) with Lars Weisbrod (DIE ZEIT, DE), Joshua Groß (DE, photo), and Max Rieger (DE). This session will be held in German.


Is everything podcast now?

As omnipresent as the format is, it is still unclear to what extent a new music journalistic medium has developed with podcasts. Is it basically radio, just on demand? Does it only work if you do some real popular stuff with real popular personalities (see YouTube)?

Tina Jürgens (zebra-audio net, DE, photo), Richard Wernicke (Deezer, DE), and one of the makers of the Machiavelli podcast, Jan Kawelke (DE), discuss reach, tonalities and the real (music-journalistic) podcast world in the session Geld oder Liebe (Money or Love). This session will be held in German.



With his documentation The Rap Hack: Buy yourself into the charts! How click numbers are manipulated Ilhan Coskun caused a great stir and put an old topic back on the agenda of rap journals: the question of purchased clicks, which supposedly help artists to improve chart placements and increase income. It showed that there is an acute need to talk about journalistic standards in the rap business and data protection in streaming services. Amongst others Till „Skinny“ Arndt (Rap de, DE), Ilhan Coskun (Y Kollektiv, DE, photo), and Salwa Houmsi (Radio Fritz / Jäger & Sammler, DE) will discuss the subject. This session will be held in German.


Join the Reeperbahn Festival Berlin Experience

One day before Reeperbahn Festival’s official kick-off, the Reeperbahn Festival Berlin Experience takes place on 17 September. The 1-day-programme in Germany's capital offers an overview of the German music industry and presents some of the most relevant music and media companies based in Berlin, for example WOMEX, Deezer and radioeins. See the complete programme here. Moreover get the chance to network on the Reeperbahn Festival train ride from Berlin to Hamburg and see live acts like Ian Late. Have a look at our video to get an idea of last year´s BEX and get your ticket here.





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