European Federation of Journalists

Online seminar “Trust in media: Photojournalism in the digital age”

Credits: Pavlo Podufalov

The “Photojournalism in the Digital Age” webinar – the last in the series of five as part of the “Trust and Quality in Journalism” project – will be held online on the 25th and 26th of October 2021. The webinar will discuss the role of photojournalists in the digital age and the challenges they face at work. The second day’s panel will explore how risks to health and safety can be mitigated.


Registrations are open! To register for day 1, 25 October, from 1 PM – 3.15 PM, click here. For day 2, 26 October, from 1 PM – 3.15 PM, click here. All participants and speakers have to register and will then be sent a confirmation link to join. If you want to join on both days, please register for each day separately.


For more information on the speakers, click here.


Day 1: Monday 25 October 2021, 13:00 – 15:15 (CET)

13:00 – 13:15: Introduction 

Radomir Krackovic, Vice-President of Journalists’ Union of Montenegro (TUMM)
Renate Schroeder, EFJ Director

13:15 – 14:15: A picture is worth a thousand words?

Compelling photographs are central to good story-telling. This panel will explore the role of photojournalists in the digital age and the challenges they face – ethics, diversity, picture manipulation/editing and making their work paid in a competitive market flooded with user-generated images. 

Lars Boering,  Director of European Journalism Centre (EJC)

Anna Gordon, British photojournalist

Moderator: Yuk Lan Wong, EFJ project and policy officer


Day 2 – Tuesday 26 October 2021, 13:00 – 15:15 (CET)

13:00 – 13:05: Recap & introduction 

Yuk Lan Wong, EFJ policy and project officer

13:05 – 14:05: Photojournalists at risk

Photojournalists regularly put themselves at risk because of their jobs. They are easily identified, they carry heavy, often expensive equipment, and by necessity need to be close to the action, all making them particularly vulnerable. Legal restrictions such as security law, data protection law also prevent them from doing their jobs. What can be done to migrate these risks and limitations?

Markus Pentikäinen, photojournalist, Finland
Sitara Thalia Ambrosio, freelance photojournalist, Germany
Boris Pejovic, photojournalist and board member of TUMM, Montenegro
Michael Trammer, freelance journalist, Germany

Moderator: Oddrun Midtbø, freelance journalist, Norway

14: 05 – 15:05: Union campaigns to promote photojournalism and photojournalists

Milen van Boldrik, NVJ, The Netherlands
Natasha Hirst, NUJ Photographer Council, UK

Facilitator: Yannis Kotsifos, ESIEMTH

15:05 – 15:15: Conclusion and ending

This activity is part of a two-year project “Trust in Journalism” launched by the EFJ and is co-funded by the European Commission (DG EMPL).