About us

This project was created as a result of the M100 Young European Journalists workshop 2014 (YEJ). The topic of this year’s YEJ workshop is “Big Data: between Big Stories and Dirty Surveillance”. The M100 Data Journalist Community Platform gathers the participants of the Young European Journalists (YEJ) workshop to reflect on the state of data journalism in their respective countries. The M100 Data Journalist Community will also reflect on other workshop topics, such as the issue of the future of journalism, media freedom and the defense of democratic values in the era of big data.

The M100 Young European Journalists workshop (YEJ, former M100 Youth Media Workshop) annually invites young journalists between 18 and 26 years old from all over Europe to Potsdam. The event aims at both conveying practical and theoretical journalistic know-how and at creating a sustainable network among the participants. Already during the workshop exchange is a top priority: the participants get acquainted at first-hand with living and working conditions of colleagues their age coming from completely different political systems and societies. M100 not only promotes intercultural competence but also an understanding of democracy, openness and tolerance. It is a part of the international forum M100 Sanssouci Colloquium, taking part annually in early autumn.

The M100 Sanssouci Colloquium was initiated in 2005 by a group of leading media and public figures when Potsdam was running for European Capital of Culture 2010. Since then the conference annually takes place in Park Sanssouci. M100 Sanssouci Colloquium stands for 100 leading media and public figures and the venue of the conference, the Park Sanssouci in Potsdam. The topic of the Sanssocui Colloquium 2014 was “Media Freedom in the Age of Big Data.”

The international forum brings together Europe`s top editors, commentators and media owners (print, broadcasting and internet) alongside key public figures to assess the role and impact of the media in international affairs and to promote democracy and freedom of expression and speech. As a modern-day East-West bridge-builder, the Colloquium fosters media relations and not only exposes differences but also common ground in the challenges faced by media from different cultures and regions.

For further information please visit: www.m100potsdam.org