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Night Shift

Discussion on the topic of media


Wednesday, 19. February 2020, 18:00 - 20:00 o'clock


Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs, Wilhelmstraße 49, 10117 Berlin

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The Future of the new Media Landscapes


Social media formats have already overtaken television as means of media consumption and opened up new audiences; job profiles such as “Social-Media-Manager” or “influencer” attest that the transformation is not only found in everyday life but can also be found in the working world. The newfound internal competition and power dynamics that have emerged within the media sector are supposed to be resolved in 2020 through the signing of a new state media treaty. However, how can opinion formation be safeguarded given the prevalence of individualized streaming and the use of social-bots? What functions can public offerings provide within the new media landscape? Who sets the rules for social media platforms, search machines, and streaming services, and is a communications and content platform necessary on the European level? The fourth Night Shift addresses the topic of the Media and its effects on the future democratic foundations of society at centre stage.

Our guests

  • Heike Raab

    Staatskanzlei Rheinland-Pfalz

    Staatssekretärin für Medien und Digitales

    "Plattformen und Suchmaschinen sind die heutigen Gatekeeper. Wir müssen uns ganz neu auf Spielregeln einigen. Diskriminierungsverbot und Transparenz sind hier entscheidend."

    Heike Raab ist seit 2015 Staatssekretärin für Medien und Digitales und Bevollmächtigte des Landes Rheinland-Pfalz beim Bund und für Europa. Sie koordiniert die Arbeit der Rundfunkkommission der Länder für das Vorsitzland Rheinland-Pfalz. Von 2011 bis 2015 war sie Staatssekretärin im Ministerium des Innern, für Sport und Infrastruktur und in dieser Funktion CIO der rheinland-pfälzischen Landesregierung. Davor war sie für zehn Jahre Mitglied des Landtages Rheinland-Pfalz und von 2001-2006 Medienpolitische Sprecherin der SPD-Fraktion.

  • Johannes Hillje

    Johannes Hillje is a self-employed political and communication consultant active in Berlin und Brussels. He advises institutions, parties, politicians, companies and NGOs. His previous work experience includes spells in the communications division of the UN in New York and the editorial department of at ZDF. Hillje is Policy Fellow at the think tank Das Progressive Zentrum in Berlin. He gained a master’s degree in Politics and Communication at the London School of Economics. His books, Propaganda 4.0. Wie rechte Populisten Politik Machen (Propaganda 4.0. How right-wing populists practice politics) (2017) and Plattform Europa (Platform Europe) (2019) have been published by Dietz-Verlag. Hillje tweets under @Jhillje and can also be contacted online at

  • Jan Schulte-Kellinghaus



    Dr. Jan Schulte-Kellinghaus was born in 1969 in Duisburg. He studied law in Bonn and Erfurt where he also started to work as a reporter for radio and television. 1994 he began to work for the ZDF - one of Germany’s two national public broadcasters – at the Studio Thuringa, whose deputy director he became in 1996. In 1998 he became deputy editorial director for the ZDF television tabloid magazine "Hello Germany".

    From 2000 Jan Schulte-Kellinghaus was the leader of the NDR talk desk in Hamburg, also leading the entertainment department from 2005. From 2007 he was responsible for Television and Coordination at NDR and in 2010 he became the Managing Director coordinating the ARD evening program. Since March 2017 Jan Schulte-Kellinghaus is the director of multimedia programming at rbb, where he is responsible for all six radio programs, the television program, as well as the digital portfolio.

  • Barbara Oertel


    Foreign Editor at the taz

    Barbara Oertel was born in 1964 and studied political science and Russian studies as well as media and intercultural communication in Hamburg, Paris, St Petersburg and Sofia. Since 1995 she has been Foreign Editor at the taz with the main focus of her work being on Eastern Europe and the Balkans. Since 2011 she has been Co-Head of the Foreign Editorial Department.

Our hosts

  • Geraldine de Bastion

    Geraldine de Bastion is a bilingual (en/de) political scientist with an intercultural background and experience working with activists, governments, startups and NGOs across the word. Her work focuses on digital transformation and international cooperation, innovation, and human rights. Geraldine co-founded Konnektiv in 2013, advising various organisations on digital transformation.

    Geraldine is also the founder of the Global Innovation Gathering (GIG), a network of grassroots innovators, social entrepreneurs, founders, and managers of makerspaces, hackerspaces, and innovation hubs. In 2018 she authored and moderated the Arte documentary “Digital Africa” which captures many of the innovators active in the GIG network.

    Since 2012, she has been part of the curatorial team for the re:publica, Europe’s largest conference on the topic of the Internet and society, and regularly organizes and curates events in the field of politics and digitization. In 2018 she organised the first re:publica in Accra, Ghana with over 2000 participants and over 260 speakers from across Africa.

  • Lars Gaede

    Work Awesome

    Journalist, presenter and co-founder of Work Awesome

    Lars Gaede is a freelance journalist, presenter and co-founder of Work Awesome, a series of conferences dealing with the future of work. He lives in New York and Berlin, and positions he has previously held include Chief Editor at the German edition of pop culture magazine Interview and Editor for technology magazine WIRED, for NEON and for DIE ZEIT.

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