Workshop on Music Journalism with Lucia Udvardyova and Thomas Venker

Date: May 3rd, 2024
Facilitator: Lucia Udvardyova and Thomas Venker
Topic: Music Journalism

The EM GUIDE project hosts 14 internal workshops. These workshops are meant to help the project staff, and occasionally other contributors of the network, to acquire, improve, and exchange skills and knowledge relevant to the participating magazines and/or the network itself.

The workshop Music Journalism was held by the founders and editors of two different magazines within the EM GUIDE network, namely Easterndaze and Kaput. While Kaput is based in Cologne, Germany, and deals with a wide range of cultural aspects from the underground to the mainstream worldwide, Easterndaze has no fixed residence and is dedicated to focusing on underground music in Central and Eastern Europe. The duality of these two entities was reflected in the structure of the workshop, which consisted of three parts:

- The history and current situation of music journalism in the US, UK, and Germany.

- The history and current situation of music journalism in Central and Eastern Europe.

- Discussion with the participants on the current challenges and prospects of the network members.

About the facilitators:

Lucia Udvardyova is a music journalist, curator and artist. Since 2014, she has been the communication specialist and content editor of the international festival network SHAPE. She is also a film curator at WOMEX, an international music festival and conference. In 2010 she co-founded Easterndaze. Previously, she was also part of the research project Unearthing the Music, focused on experimental underground scenes in former totalitarian countries before 1989.

Thomas Venker is a music journalist, co-founder and editor-in-chief of the music magazine titled Kaput – Magazin für Insolvenz & Pop. He teaches music journalism and artist marketing at the Folkwang University of the Arts.

The cover picture is a still from Bob's Burgers (series) season 4, episode 5.