Sustaining Independent Journalism

Kunstquartier Projektraum, Mariannenplatz 2, 10997 Berlin Map
Tickets: Free entrance


16:00 17:00

Talk by Ursula O'Kuinghttons. Hosted by Jon Davies.

As the ways in which we use the web change, a number of industries have struggled to maintain viable revenue streams. Journalism in particular has laboured, as ad-supported models are hindered by the widespread use of ad-blockers and centralised social media platforms. These difficulties, of course, extend to music and music journalism too – countless publications have folded in recent years, and those that remain continue to struggle.

Civil offers an interesting proposition that aims to alleviate these challenges. A “community-owned journalism network based on transparency and trust,” it hosts a number of newsrooms in hopes of fostering ethical, sustainable journalism. Ursula O'Kuinghttons will speak about Civil's efforts to develop a new crypto-economic model for journalism using blockchain technology.


Jon Davies[UK]

Based in Liverpool, Jon Davies is a producer under the alias Kepla, journalist, events organiser, and researcher. He has written about the relationship between politics, arts and music for Dazed, The Skinny and is currently a reviews contributer for The Wire.

Ursula O'Kuinghttons[ES]

Ursula has worked in the media industry for more than 17 years. She began her career as a journalist at the Reuters news agency, the El País newspaper and Localia TV channel in Spain, and until recently did media outreach for El País. 

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