On October 8, 2015, AFoCR Directors met with an expert panel to discuss Czech media. Panel members were as follows:
Jan Lopatka served as Moderator for this panel. He is a Chief Correspondent for Thomson Reuters in the Czech Republic and Slovakia. Jan has worked at Reuters for 20 years as Chief Correspondent. His focus is on economics and politics. He has led an international team covering Czech and Central European macroeconomic issues and he coordinates the news agenda with colleagues across Europe. From 2007-2009, he served as Senior Correspondent at Reuters Czech Republic. Prior to that, he was Markets Correspondent at Reuters. Jan studied at Charles University and also in London and Warsaw.
Dalibor Balšínek is a Publisher and Editor in Chief of Echo 24. He studied Literary Theory and Mass Communication during his university years. He began as a cultural editor of the weekly REGION in Opava, and then worked in the daily Lidové noviny in addition to the private station TV NOVA. He co-founded SPY magazine. Dalibor was Editor-in chief of the weekly TYDEN for eight years. In 2008, he joined the Mafra Group. In recent years, he significantly influenced the form of magazines in the Czech market. He has worked for the weekly magazines SPY and INSTINKT. Similarly, he has changed the face of the oldest Czech daily newspaper Lidové noviny. In 2013, he became the Publisher and Editor-in chief of the independent news web and weekly magazine ECHO 24.
Jiří Nádoba is Editor-in-chief of Newsweek Czech Republic. He is formerly Deputy Editor-in-chief for Forbes Czech Republic. Jiří began his career as a journalist in DNES daily, economic department. He followed his colleague Petr Šimůnek to Hospodářské noviny daily where he prepared special projects and supplements. Last year, he again joined Petr Šimůnek to help him found the Czech edition of Forbes. He remembers times of privatization of the banks in the CR. Well-versed in financial cirles, he has written stories for DNES faily from the point of view of the customer.