Citizen in Österreich
Josef Barth is a communication strategist, civil rights activist and former political journalist, covering the US-presidential elections 2008 as a correspondent from across the states.
After more than a decade in journalism, lastly as Head of Online with Vienna's leading news magazine "profil", he became a founding partner of Pick & Barth Strategic Communications running several campaigns of national interest – including the social media strategy for the former Austrian president running for re-election, crisis communication for the Federal Railways during the outstanding 2015-refugee-situation and the campaign for a Freedom of Information-Act in Austria and a constitutional change towards transparency in government and public administration.
Therefore 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; awarded by all three columns of public discourse: PR, journalism and politics – besides the German Award for Online Communication in Berlin.
He is the founder of the annually Austrian Journalism Conference, serves as a chairman of the Freedom of Information-Forum and is a steady member of the National Ethics Committee for Public Relations, while currently focussing on developing strategies for civic engagement in his country.
Barth is teaching at the University of Vienna among others and is a keynote speaker at conferences and events focussing on the developments in journalism, media and/or political communication – and the role of information in democracy.