Nenad Sebek – Serbia
European Policy Centre
Nenad Sebek is a journalist and media communications expert with over 27 years of relevant journalistic experience obtained in Southeast Europe, the EU, USA, and Russia. He has conceived and led the strategic planning and implementation of communication activities for several international organisations including the CDRSEE, the Regional Cooperation Council and the Heinrich Boell Foundation. He is a noted BBC Journalist and Foreign Correspondent with outstanding reporting, writing, editing and training skills fine-tuned during 17 years with the world’s finest public broadcaster. Nenad is an experienced trainer, teacher, evaluator and mentor in journalism, communications, and civil society. He teaches “Media and Human rights” & “Project development” and mentors students at Vienna University (Faculty of Law, MA in Human Rights) since 2013 and taught journalism at the American College of Thessaloniki (2003-2007). Nenad started his journalistic career in Radio Belgrade, continued in the BBC and then was in executive positions in CSOs until going freelance in 2018 as a media, communications, and civil society consultant with his own company, NSolutions.
September 30 @ 5AM-6AM PDT – The Podcast as a Medium for Conveying Think Tanks’ Ideas – Perspectives From Both Sides of the Atlantic
Shortly after podcasts became a trend in the USA, people in other countries began to catch the “podcast fever“, listening to them more and more. This spread very quickly to the EU as well as to countries in Europe’s southeast that aspire to EU membership. There are dozens of podcasts now, and people listen to them more and more every day. The podcast is a medium that can help in conveying a think tanks’ ideas, but are they as popular among think tanks in South America, the EU, or Southeast Europe as they are in the USA? Our goal is to discuss, with a panel featuring speakers from Serbia, Italy, Brazil, and the USA, what challenges we face and whether the challenges of running a podcast in the world of think tanks are the same in EU countries, in EU candidate countries, and the Americas, and whether we should reach out to more listeners by simplifying our messages or if it is all right for this type of podcast to be listened to by a narrower, more professional audience. We would also cover recent events, focusing on whether the numbers of listeners increased during the COVID-19 pandemic or not, and what affects the listenership of an episode.