Josef Barth

Citizen in Österreich

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Communication strategist, civil rights activist and former political journalist, who covered the 2008 US-presidential elections as a foreign correspondent, from across the States.

After twelve years in journalism, lastly as head of online with Austria's leading news magazine "profil", he built an agency for strategic communications for another twelve years, running several campaigns of national interest – including the social media strategy for the re-election of the former Austrian president, crisis communication for the federal railway company during the unprecedented 2015 refugee-situation and the campaign for a Freedom of Information-Act in Austria for a constitutional change towards transparency in government and public administration.

In recognition he was awarded the Austrian State Prize for Public Relations, the Award for Freedom of the Press and the Democracy Award of the foundation of the Austrian Parliament; furthermore the German Award for Online Communication in Berlin. Barth organized the Austrian journalism conference for five years, served as a chairman of the Freedom of Information-Forum and was a long standing member of the National Ethics Committee for Public Relations.

Currently he is focused on developing strategies for civic engagement in Austria by setting up a democracy foundation for projects supporting the rule of law.

Barth teaches Politics & Media at the Danube Private University as well as the University of Vienna focussing on current developments in journalism, media and/or political communication and the role of information in democracy.

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    • Strategic Communication