Functioning, resilient democracies consist of more than democratic institutions and procedures. They are also based on dialogue, debate and democratic participation. Key competencies and challenges in connection with public communication and journalism under often difficult conditions are at the center of our capacity building activities - which have so far focused on Eastern Europe. In cooperation with local partner organizations, the projects focus on strengthening quality and diversity in the media, promoting transparency, aloofness and independence in journalism or dealing with fake news and propaganda. The focus of the workshops is less on conventional formats such as lectures etc., but rather on a process characterized by the reflection, consolidation and context-related application of current research developments from various disciplines, strong practical relevance and mutual learning. In 2018, young journalists from Russia and Ukraine were able to exchange views on the challenges of journalism in the context of digitalization and propaganda (project #verify).