Events archives

Johannesburg, November
Global Investigative Journalism Conference
The Global Investigative Journalism Conference (GIJC) is the premier international gathering of investigative and data journalists, held once every two years. This year, the 10th conference was held in Johannesburg, South Africa, from November 16 to 19, and was  co-hosted by the Global Investigative Journalism Network and the Wits University Journalism Programme. GIJC17 will feature more than 100 exciting panel discussions, workshops and networking sessions.
Berlin, November
Media Development Powwow
In many countries, not only in the developing world, governments are pushing for more control over the Internet. Censoring content is a growth industry, and Internet and social network shutdowns in response to civil protest and unrest are on the rise. Online surveillance is exploding and people are being increasingly intimidated or detained because of their online activities.
Therefore it is vital for civil society and the media to work together in order to shape the Internet of the future and ensure it remains in the service of democracy.
And the role of international media assistance needs to be reconsidered in this context. At the 2017 Symposium of the Forum Media and Development (FoME) in Berlin (16-17 November), recent developments, strategies and next steps were discussed with a range of international experts in the fields of media development and Internet governance.
Prague, November
The Marketplace of (Dis)information
The international conference Media in the Post-Truth World: The New Marketplace of (Dis)information took place in Prague on 2-4 November 2017. The surprising decision of the UK to depart the EU and equally stunning win of Donald Trump in the U.S. presidential elections have provided dramatic confirmation of long-term trends in the way people consume information, providing further evidence that so-called legacy media are now playing an even smaller role in influencing individual choice. The central challenges facing the media in 2017 are to regain some of the lost credibility that has led to a general lack of trust and also identify new roles or redefine old ones in the current communication ecosystem. These are some of the issues that were discussed at this event.
Norwich, September
The Future of Content in the Internet Era
The “Communication Law and Policy” and “Media Industries and Cultural Production” Sections of the European Communications Research and Education Association (ECREA) invited abstracts for theoretical and empirical papers on the topic of The Future of Content: Interventions and Industries in the Internet Era.
The workshop took place in Norwich, United Kingdom from 15-16 September 2017. It was hosted and organized by the University of East Anglia’s School of Politics, Philosophy, Language and Communication Studies. With a keynote address from Professor Eli Noam, a planned panel with industry and regulatory stakeholders, and a special YECREA session for early career researchers, this was an opportunity to bring together those investigating the processes of production and distribution with those studying the policy and regulation governing those processes.
Limassol, September
Journalism and Politics
The international conference entitled “Journalism, Society and Politics in the Digital Media Era” was organised jointly by the Advanced Media Institute, the Open University (Cyprus), the Centre for the Study of Journalism, Culture and Community at Bournemouth University (UK), and the Laboratory of Research in New Economy and Development at University Hassan II Casablanca (Morocco). This interdisciplinary conference aimed to bring academics and professional journalists to discuss and compare the impact of technology on the relationship between journalism, politics and economics in terms of societies /communities. The conference took place on 1-3 September 2017 in Limassol, Cyprus.
London, July
Over the past month, the team has been working on the agenda for the newsrewired conference that fetaured experts from The New York Times, BuzzFeed, TBIJ, Condé Nast International, and more. Newsrewired took place on 19 July 2017 at Reuters in Canary Wharf, London, and as usual, the focus of the event was on practical learning based on the latest trends and techniques in digital journalism.
Cartagena, July
New Media, New Politics
The 2017 IAMCR annual conference took place in Cartagena, Colombia on 16-20 July 2017. The theme of the conference was Transforming Culture, Politics & Communication: New media, new territories, new discourses.
All over the world communication and media are being transformed by complex and often unpredictable dynamics, tendencies and trends. Contemporary politics (especially political parties) are being transformed and new social movements are emerging and growing, taking various forms, sizes, and shapes. Against this backdrop, the conference explored the link between, on the one hand, broad social, political and cultural changes and dynamics, and on the other, changes in communication, media, and their processes.
Hamburg, May
Building the Journalism We Need
The IPI World Congress was organized by the International Press Institute (IPI) on 18-20 May 2017 in Hamburg. The International Press Institute (IPI) is a global network of editors, journalists and media executives who share a common dedication to quality, independent journalism. Together, they promote the conditions that allow journalism to fulfill its public function, the most important of which is the media’s ability to operate free from interference and without fear of retaliation.
Hong Kong, April
Digital Communications in Asia-Pacific
The digital world is evolving every second and the prospect of a fully connected globe is both scary and thrilling. It also poses new challenges and opportunities for corporate communications: How to keep communications relevant and meaningful in an ever-changing, ‘always on’ digital age?
To assist communicators keeping up with the latest digital trend, the Digital Communications Conference in Hong Kong conference brought together leading communication experts from all over APAC, providing new insights and inspiring approaches for your future campaigns. The conference themes include: Planning Digital Campaigns, Content Strategies, Trust & Credibility and Social Listening.
Austin, April
Online Journalism Powwow
The International Symposium on Online Journalism (ISOJ) is an annual gathering of editors, producers, executives and academics from around the world who convene at the University of Texas at Austin to discuss the evolution of online journalism. ISOJ started in 1999 as a small, but very intense one-day conference. It has grown throughout the years to become an international conference. The 18th International Symposium on Online Journalism was on 21-22 April on the campus of the University of Texas at Austin. 
Perugia, April
600 Journalists in One Place
The 2017 festival — the eleventh edition — hosted more than 250 sessions, more than 600 speakers, five full days of immersion in journalism — in and out of the festival venues — all in the historic town centre of Perugia.
Festival speakers came 27 different countries: Argentina, Australia, Bangladesh, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Canada, Czech Republic, Egypt, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Cameroon, India, Iraq, Italy, Netherlands, Pakistan, Poland, Romania, Russia, South Africa, Spain, Turkey, UK, Ukraine.
New Delhi, February
Digital Media India
The 6th edition of Digital Media India will bring forth global ideas for engaging the audience and generating the new revenue models for a sustainable digital news business. Participants can find out how innovation in devices, platforms and delivery is shaping the digital news business. The event is to take place on 22-24 February 2016 in New Delhi, India.

Brussels, November
Debates on Media Pluralism at European Commission
The 2016 colloquium on fundamental rights on 17-18 November 2016 focused on "Media pluralism in a democratic society". First Vice-President Timmermans, Commissioner Oettinger, and Commissioner Jourova led discussions with a wide range of experts on the key role in democratic societies of a free and pluralist media, and in particular digital media.
The colloquium brought together, in an interactive roundtable discussion, EU institutions and Member States, NGOs, journalists, media representatives, companies and key academics and international organizations to reflect on a wide range of topics including: how to protect and promote media freedom and independence from state intervention and from undue political or commercial pressures; how to empower journalists and protect them from threats of physical violence or hate speech; the role of media and ethical journalism in promoting fundamental rights; how can a pluralistic media environment foster political debate on crucial issues for democratic societies.
Bangkok, November
ITU Telecom World
ITU Telecom World is a global platform for accelerating ICT innovations. It aims to deliver economic development and social good faster through its exhibition for digital solutions, forum for sharing knowledge, and networking hub connecting nations, organizations and individuals.
ITU Telecom World is an annual ICT event organized by ITU Telecom, part of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the UN agency responsible for ICT-related issues. This year’s ITU Telecom World took place on 14-17 November 2016 in Bangkok.
Berlin, November
Observer, Agitator, Target
The FoME Symposium “Observer, Agitator, Target: Media and Media Assistance in Fragile Contexts” was held on 3-4 November 2016 in Berlin. Organized by the Forum Media and Development (FoME) in cooperation with the International Communication Section of the German Communication Association (DGPuK), this conference brought together media development practitioners and researchers to discuss issues such as challenges of fragile statehood for media assistance, the role of media for reconciliation and transitional justice, and safety and protection of journalists in conflict zones.
Prague, November
ECREA Conference
European Communication Research and Education Association (ECREA) and Charles University in Prague held on 9-12 November 2016 the 6th European Communication Conference (ECC) in Prague. The conference has chosen as its overarching theme Mediating (Dis)Continuities: Contesting Pasts, Presents and Futures. For the first time ECREA conference is hosted by a former socialist country. Crowds of scholars, researchers and communication-related stakeholders gathered in Prague, Czech Republic, to discuss ongoing trends, issues and challenges related to communication, media and journalism.
Lisbon, November
Web Summit, 1,000 Speakers
In four years, Web Summit has grown from 400 attendees to over 22,000 from more than 110 countries. It’s been called “the best technology conference on the planet”. But we just think it‘s different. And that difference works for our attendees, ranging from Fortune 500 companies to the world’s most exciting startups.
This year Web Summit hosted over 1,000 speakers including the world’s leading founders, investors, CEOs, inventors, designers and thinkers. The summit took place on 7-10 November 2016 in Lisbon.
Brussels, October
Media Ownership: Market Realities in Europe
In Brussels on 12 October a group of media industry experts, including industry decision makers, interest groups, regulators, and academics, met in a conference to address media ownership and concentration in Europe.
Organized by the European Audiovisual Observatory, part of the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, the conference took the form of a discussion around two reports from the Observatory: a recently released market analysis on media ownership and concentration in Europe, and a forthcoming legal analysis of media concentration issues in the region.
Media ownership and concentration are crucial elements of the relationship between media and democracy. The Observatory’s Executive Director, Susanne Nikoltchev, said the reports and conference should “provide a much needed overview of where the media power lies in Europe,” and that “the Observatory will provide a roadmap of current European media ownership issues.” The two-hour event was held the afternoon of Wednesday 12 October 2016.
Oxford, September
News Media and Politics
The 2016 International Journal of Press/Politics Conference was hosted on 29-30 September 2016 by the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at the University of Oxford.
The event covered many issues relevant for the International Journal of Press/Politic‘s mission: to advance our understanding of the relations between news media and politics in a global perspective. It was attended by more than 60 researchers from almost 20 countries and had a keynote by Katrin Voltmer.
Jakarta, September
Global Forum for Media Development
On 20-22 September 2016, the Global Forum for Media Development (GFMD) held its fourth international conference in Jakarta, Indonesia. The 2016 World Forum for Media Development, entitled Decoding the Future: Rethinking Media for a New World was organized in partnership with the Indonesian Press Council at Multimedia Nusantara University in Tangerang.
Participants shared best practices, new technologies and practical research, and helped each other find solutions for challenges facing the sector and explore ideas that will sustainably enhance news coverage, access to information and protection of journalists. In the midst of the global debate on countering the narrative of radical groups, the role of media in promoting development and free access to information, the World Forum was timelier than ever.
Antwerp, September
In Focus: Public Service Media
The RIPE@2016 conference theme focused on characteristics, dynamics and implications of a networked society for public service media (PSM). In recent years, discussions about PSM’s place and role prioritize the notion of a networked society, enabled by digitization and characterized by audience fragmentation and the interconnectedness of technologies, communities, media practices and companies.
The emerging ecology is highly disruptive to market structures and existing modes of communication. Concepts and practices associated with communication in a networked society are celebrated but merit critical scrutiny.
Vienna, September
Gaining a Digital Edge
A digital media and journalism conference for journalists, media lawyers and civil society in Central, Eastern and South Eastern Europe, the Gaining a Digital Edge conference in its fourth year brought together journalists, media lawyers, government representatives, IT experts, academics, artists and human rights defenders from 14 South Eastern and Central European countries to discuss strategies for navigating the legal, regulatory, and technological challenges to freedom of expression in the digital environment.
The event further strengthened the regional network of individuals and organizations dedicated to freedom of the internet and their international counterparts to ensure continued joint action, innovation and learning in the field.
Montreal, September
Future-Proofing Public Media
The Public Media Alliance hoEld its AGM and Global Conference on 13 and 14 September 2016 in Montreal, Canada. The event tOOK place immediately prior to the annual Public Broadcasters International (PBI) conference hosted by CBC/Radio Canada in the same venue on 15 and 16 September. The Public Media Alliance also convened a session, 'Bringing the Public into Public Service Media: The risks and benefits of Millennial and GenZ contribution and participation' as part of PBI.
The 2016 edition of PBI explored the theme of young audiences and their shift away from traditional media consumption. This conference shed light on cutting-edge strategies to reach and retain Millennial and GenZ audiences.
London, September
Monetization of Digital Media
Westminster Media Forum organized on 13 September 2016 in London a Keynote Seminar on “Digital news media: competition, audience measurement and monetization” with Stephen Hull, Editor-in-Chief, Huffington Post UK and Nick Baughan, Chief Executive Officer, Maxus UK; Nic Newman, Digital Strategist and Research Associate, Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, University of Oxford; Simon Redican, Chief Executive Officer, Publishers Audience Measurement Company (PAMCo); Denise Turner, Director of Insight, Newsworks and a speaker confirmed from Guardian Media Group.
Sessions examined the audience measurement challenge across platforms; what the developing consumer trends in accessing and sharing news means for news brands; and latest strategic thinking on effectively monetizing news content across print, mobile, video and social outlets.
Buenos Aires, August
Media Party
The biggest gathering in Latin America where entrepreneurship, open data, open software and open knowledge gets together to accelerate media innovation, the Media Party brought together 1600 entrepreneurs, journalists, software programmers and designers from five continents to work together for the future of media. The event took place on 25-27 August 2016 in Buenos Aires.
London, July
Workshop on Media Development Research
Center for International Media Assistance (CIMA) and the University of Westminster’s Communication and Media Research Institute (CAMRI) organized on 25 July 2016 a workshop on New Frontiers in Media Development Research.” The workshop took place at the University of Westminster in London.
In preparation for the 2016 IAMCR conference in Leicester, CIMA and CAMRI, University of Westminster, invited interested scholars to take part in a one-day workshop to explore the empirical foundations of the media development field, examine current trends in media systems, and identify how scholars can work together with media development practitioners. Their aim was to identify gaps in knowledge and produce new lines of research and data. For more information, contact Paul Rothmans at CIMA.
London, June
Monetizing Digital Content
A seminar on monetizing digital content took place on 28 June 2016 in Central London as part of the Westminster eForum Keynote Seminar series of events.
This seminar offered delegates an opportunity to consider the future for monetizing digital content in both domestic and international markets. Overall, areas for discussion include: Latest trends in content consumption - across demographics, markets and devices; Advertising revenue - the future relationship between advertising and online content and how effectively this revenue stream is being exploited by content producers; and the future for policy and regulation - including emerging issues around consumer and data protection, and making UK and EU regulatory frameworks fit for the future. Speakers included Matthew Guest, Head of Digital Strategy Consulting, EMEA, Deloitte, Mimi Turner, Marketing Director, TheLADbible Group, Chris Duncan, Chief Customer Officer, News UK and David Gilbey, Chief Operations Officer, Digital, Bauer UK.
Athens, June-July
Aegean Summit
Aegean Summit is a collaborative research-driven project and we’d like to give a special thanks to the advice of our agenda committee and partners that are turning this into a reality and annual forum. The summit took place in Athens on 30 June-1 July 2016. The conference format is interactive between speakers & participants in an engaged workshop style, Q&A and discussions. 
Themes to be covered are evolving business models, cross-border and cross-platform collaborations, progressive narratives, the role of new & independent media and connecting the region through media, with speakers from Athens, Istanbul, Beirut, Cairo, Amman, Tehran, Rome, Amsterdam and London.
Cartagena, June
Global Media Policy Forum
In the tradition of the Global Media Policy Forum, we tackle internationally relevant topics that have special relevance in the region that is hosting us. This year’s angle on the macro-topic of Net Neutrality was inspired by the fact that Colombia was the first Latin American country where Free Basics launched (in January 2015).
The Forum took place on 13 June 2016 in Cartagena. The Forum was held alongside WAN-IFRA flagship event World News Media Congress, the summit meetings of the world's press organized annually since 1948.
Cartagena, June
World's News Congress
The 68th World News Media Congress was held in Cartagena, Colombia, from 12 to 14 June 2016, alongside the 23rd World Editors Forum and the 26th World Advertising Forum. WAN-IFRA, the organizer welcomed professionals for three days of ideas, strategies and inspiration – with deep insights that will enable you to transform your news media operation into a publishing powerhouse.
Cartagena is a modern port city on Colombia’s Caribbean coast. At its core is the walled Old Town, with 16th-century plazas, cobblestone streets and colorful colonial buildings. With a tropical climate, the city is a popular beach destination. It is a city that offers a unique charm to those who visit it. Because of its geographical location and its colonial infrastructure the city is among the most desired destinations for industries and organizations to perform corporate, cultural, musical, maritime and political events.
Mechelen, June
Dataharvest Conference for Investigative Journalists
Investigative journalists and data specialists participated in a conference in Mechelen, Belgium. Dataharvest conference (DHC), organized by, on 3-5 June 2016. The program included a pre-DHC Hackathon on 2 June 2016.
Participants had an opportunity to get up to speed on the newest research methods, bounce story ideas off experienced colleagues, get help from expert data analysts for an investigation and find out about cutting-edge ways to present a story.
Plovdiv, May
Regional Television Powwow
The 2016 CIRCOM Regional Conference took place on 19 and 20 May 2016 in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, hosted by Bulgarian National Television. The slogan of the 34th CIRCOM Regional Annual Conference is Bringing Nationalities Together, and the conference was held under three major themes: Refugees in Europe, Constructive journalism and Public Service’s contribution to society. Within these themes the participants addressed practical issues on storytelling and production as well as the very foundation of public service media. The sessions dealt with broadcasting under attack, data journalism, the Polish media laws and fundamental changes in the media landscape and how to deliver constructive journalism that engages and empowers people.
Vienna, April
Digital Media Europe
Vibrant startups and compelling media case studies: following an invitation from the Austrian Association (VOZ), the Austrian Press Agency (APA) and Styria Digital One (SDO), Digital Media Europe took place in Vienna. The Viennese have always been cultural innovators, from Mozart to Kruder & Dorfmeister, it’s also a vibrant city rapidly becoming famous for its startup culture. A pioneer startup festival in the city attracted more than 1,600 startups from over 90 countries to meet more than 400 investors in 2015.
Many of the best cases on digital advertising and mobile business models come out of Austria, as showcased at the World Association of Newspapers (WAN-IFRA) events around the world. Great examples include Russmedia, Styria, Kurier or Salzburger Nachrichten. So, WAN organized on 20-22 April 2016 at the Palais Liechtenstein Gartenpalais in Vienna Digital Media Europe powwow to discuss the future of the news media business with digital decision makers from all around Europe.
London, April
U.K. Local Media Market
The Westminster Media Forum organized a Keynote Seminar about the UK local media market and how it competes in the wider content economy. Speakers include David Holdsworth, controller with English Regions, at BBC, Pete Clifton, Editor-in-Chief with Press Association, David Montgomery, Group Chief Executive Officer at Local World and Ashley Highfield, Chief Executive Officer with Johnston Press. The debate is to be chaired by Lord Gordon of Strathblane. The event took place on 21 April 2016.
San Francisco, March
RightsCon Silicon Valley
Each year, Access Now organizes and hosts RightsCon, an annual summit series and a global event convened on the future of the internet. Session proposals were received until 4 December 2015.  From 30 March to 1 April 2016, at Mission Bay Conference Center in San Francisco, RightsCon brought together activists, visionaries, business leaders, technologists, civil society members, lawyers, government representatives, engineers, and investors from all around the world.
The year 2016 saw a bigger, brighter, and better RightsCon, more dynamic and outcome-oriented than ever before, especially given recent controversies surrounding encryption, internet shutdowns, mass surveillance, and more. Some of speakers included David Kaye, UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Freedom of Opinion and Expression, Dan Bross, Senior Director of Corporate Citizenship at Microsoft, Cindy Cohn, Executive Director of the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), Rebecca MacKinnon, Author of Consent of the Networked, Co-founder of Ranking Digital Rights, GNI and Global Voices and Christian Dawson, Chairman of the Board for the Internet Infrastructure Coalition (i2Coalition).
Budapest, March
Corruption in Telecoms and Media Industries
Transparency International EU organized on 18 March 2016 in Budapest a workshop which will focus on corruption in the telecoms and media industries. An independent and free media is a cornerstone of democracy and a vital pillar of national integrity and good governance. While information and knowledge, which a free media can deliver, are critical for any successful action against corruption it is the responsibility of governments, media owners and journalists to ensure the media can, and do, effectively contribute to strengthening accountability and curbing corruption. This event presented three projects on: media freedom, who owns the internet, and corruption in the telecoms industry. For more information see here.
London, March
How to Make Profit in the Digital World
Digital Media Strategies event took place on 7-10 March 2016 at Kings Place, London. It brings together a global audience of over 400 CEOs and senior leaders from news, magazines, broadcasting, B2B and digital media. 
Over three days of case studies, analysis, workshops, training, round table discussions and tailored networking opportunities, it focuses on the key strategic challenges behind developing a profitable and sustainable media business in a digital world. Now in its fourth year, Digital Media Strategies has become the key event for addressing the big-picture challenges facing the industry, focusing not on PR pitches, but instead on honest, in-depth case studies which go deeper than the surface trends.
Oxford, March
Oxford Media Convention
Some of the fundamentals of media regulation and policy will be redefined in 2016. With a consensus strongly against the status quo, the scale, scope and governance of the BBC will be set for the next decade, with far reaching consequences for UK creative sectors and citizens. In Brussels we will see the widest ever review of Audio-Visual and the Digital Single Market. At the same time, the UK content and distribution sectors are facing unprecedented change and competition.
The Oxford Media Convention on 2 March 2016 brought together the key players in UK media policy to debate these and other key challenges at a time when many argue that protecting the public interest through media and communications policy requires radical and fundamental policy change.
Celebrating its 15th year, The Oxford Media Convention has been established as the leading gathering of the industry. It traditionally attracts over 300 senior figures, including leading politicians and policymakers, industry leaders and practitioners, analysts and competitors from across the UK media.
Washington, D.C., February
Susan Abbott Launched Study on PSB
Resistance to promoting PSB as part of media development is often due to concerns on the part of donors about the independence of PSBs, especially in the face of semi-democratic governments, political turmoil, and private capture of national media systems.
Even with all of the challenges and pitfalls, could PSBs be a critical building block of a diverse media sector? Could it be one piece among a variety of ownership and management structures that might help in the struggle to ensure media diversity?
CIMA and partners explored these questions and launched CIMA's upcoming "Rethinking Public Service Broadcasting's Place in International Media Development” written by Susan Abbott on 18 February 2016 in Washington, D.C. Panelists included: Mark Nelson, senior director with CIMA, Ms Abbott, Craig Hammer of the World Bank and Gillian McCormack from Internews.
Edinburgh, February
BBC and Scotland
Scotland Policy Conferences organized on 9 February 2016 in Edinburgh the seminar “The BBC and Scotland: assessing the impact of Charter Renewal on audiences and the creative sector”.
The agenda focuses specifically on issues in Scotland. This conference will provide a timely opportunity to consider the impact of renegotiations of the BBC’s scope, structure and funding on Scottish audiences and the creative market. Delegates will discuss the ongoing role of the Scottish Parliament in the Charter Review process - following the Memorandum of Understanding between the UK Government, Scottish Parliament and BBC, as well as issues around the BBC’s ability to reflect regional needs and support the wider creative industries. The conference also follows the launch of the public consultation on the renewal of the BBC’s Royal Charter, and comes in advance of the UK Government’s proposals in early 2016. The agenda includes keynote contributions from: The Scottish Government; BBC Trust; Scottish Media Academy; MG ALBA; STV; Scottish Newspaper Society; PACT; and Creative Scotland. For more information, contact us.
Washington, D.C., January
Central and Southeast Europe Media
The Center for International Media Assistance (CIMA) at the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) organized on 13 January 2016 a panel discussion on “Working Toward Better Media: Lessons Learned from Central and Southeast Europe”.
How can the media development and donor communities respond to this backsliding? What areas of the media system proved to be weak points in countries like Serbia, Bosnia, or Bulgaria, which seemed to be on a good path and are now deteriorating? What approaches now seem appropriate for countries such as Ukraine and Moldova, which are seeing renewed interest by donors to support independent media? A panel of experts including Leon Morse from IREX; Shannon Maguire from USAID; and Vjollca Shtylla from ICFJ addressed these issues on 13 January 2016 in Washington, D.C.



London, December
Debate on Media Concentration in the British Parliament
The Media Reform Coalition organized on 7 December 2015 from 5 p.m. at the House of Commons in London a public meeting to discuss questions of media ownership and democracy with a presentation of The Media Reform Coalition’s “Media Plurality Draft Bill”.
Diverse and independent voices in the media are essential for democracy. But media concentration in Britain remains at worrying levels, with a handful of corporations and individuals having considerable power over people's news, cultural life and access to information. Only a few weeks ago James Murdoch hinted at a new bid for full control of Sky, and Trinity Mirror's recent takeover deal has massively increased its control of the local news market with no questions asked. Meanwhile, debates are raging over the future of the BBC, and the clock is ticking on bringing Leveson’s press regulation standards into force.
The Media Reform Coalition argues that urgent measures are needed to tackle the problems - measures that can temper the power of the largest media conglomerates, and that will provide new funding for areas like community journalism and youth media. That's they have put together a “Media Plurality Draft Bill”, to show that effective legislation is possible. This meeting, open to everyone, presented the Draft Bill for the first time.
Bogota, November
Media Ownership in Latin America
On 18 and 19 November this year, UNESCO in a partnership with the Office of the Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights organized a two-day event in Bogota, Colombia, to discuss how the concentration of media ownership can impact freedom of expression.
In July 2015, the Office launched a public consultation to gather evidence about how media concentration affects diversity and pluralism in the media in Latin America. The Office is inviting states and civil society groups to respond to a questionnaire created for this purpose.
The event in Bogota is expected to be attended by government authorities, NGOs, journalists and media experts. An agenda of the event will be made public in the coming weeks.
Dublin, November
Web Summit, 1,000 Speakers
In four years, Web Summit has grown from 400 attendees to over 22,000 from more than 110 countries. It’s been called “the best technology conference on the planet”. But we just think it‘s different. And that difference works for our attendees, ranging from Fortune 500 companies to the world’s most exciting startups.
This year Web Summit hosted over 1,000 speakers including the world’s leading founders, investors, CEOs, inventors, designers and thinkers. The summit took place on 3-5 November 2015 in Dublin.
Speakers include Stewart Butterfield, CEO and co-founder of Slack, novelist Dan Brown, Mike Krieger, co-founder of Instagram, John Collison, president of Stripe, Palmer Lucky, founder of Oculus VR, Robert Gentz, founder of Zalando, Michael McAvoy, CEO of The Onion, and Amit Singh, president of Google for Work.
Brussels, November
Who Pays for Public Media
What role and what financing for public service media in today's rapidly changing online landscape? One of the hottest media debates currently on the table was taken up by the European Audiovisual Observatory in a free access public conference on 17 November 2015 in Brussels. The event will kick off with a presentation of a brand new Observatory report, Public Service Media Online-Remit and Financing. Two expert panel discussions will then explore: The remit of public service media online - what role, mission and content for the public service in the online environment? and The financing of public service media online - what resources are currently enabling public service media to compete in the internet arena? The event is to be attended byt European decision makers, industry representatives and regulators to explore the place of public service media in an online environment.
Oxford, November
Big Issues in Internet Policy
The University of Oxford hosted the conference on “Arcs in Internet Regulation: Assessing New Directions” on 23-24 November 2015 in Oxford. This is part of the annual Peking-Oxford-Stanford series in Internet Law and Policy. This conference builds on previous annual events and focuses on significant issues in Internet law and policy that will require attention in the coming years, such as digital human rights, smart cities, new technologies and courts, and Internet governance and development.
The Conference is hosted by the University of Oxford’s Program in Comparative Media Law and Policy in the Faculty of Law’s Centre for Socio-Legal Studies. An assortment of our confirmed speakers include Daphne Keller (Stanford University)Denis Galligan (University of Oxford)Iginio Gagliardone (University of Oxford)Jianzhong Shi (China University of Political Science and Law), Liming Wang (Renmin University)Mark Stephens (Howard Kennedy)Ming Yang (Peking University)Monroe Price (Annenberg/University of Oxford)Rebecca MacKinnon (Ranking Digital Rights) and Yong Huang (University of International Business and Economics, China).
London, November
How Telcos Respect (or Not) Freedom of Expression
On 3 November 2015, the Ranking Digital Rights project launched its first annual Corporate Accountability Index. A first for the ICT sector, the index ranks the world’s largest internet and telecommunications companies on their disclosed policies and commitments affecting users’ freedom of expression and privacy.
Project director Rebecca MacKinnon presented on 19 November 2015 in London “Ranking Digital Rights: How do companies respect freedom of expression and privacy?”. She will be joined by representatives from civil society and industry, including Owen Larter, UK Government Affairs Manager at Microsoft, Salil Tripathi, Senior Adviser with the Institute for Human Rights and Business, Gabrielle Guillemin, Senior Legal Officer at Article 19, and Damiano de Felice, Deputy Director Strategy at Access to Medicine Foundation.
Brussels, October
Speak Up! at the Commission
The European Commission's latest annual strategy on EU enlargement, adopted in October 2014, highlighted freedom of expression and media as one of the key challenges enlargement countries are facing. Moreover, freedom of expression is considered an accession priority. The European Commission organized on 4 November 2015 in Brussels the Speak-up! 3 Conference where the Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement negotiations, Johannes Hahn, invites journalists, media analysts, decision-makers from the enlargement countries, authorities and experts from international, regional and national organisations committed to promoting freedom of expression to discuss achievements and persisting challenges.
The two previous editions of the Speak-up! conference hosted by DG Enlargement in 2011 and 2013 produced studies that were used in tackling problems in the media and formulating policies. Two years later, it is time to take stock of the results achieved and define the way forward. For more information about this event, contact us.
London, November
BBC to Play by New Rules
Westminster Media Forum on 5 November 2015 hosted a debate about the future of the BBC. Speakers include Hugh Harris, director of media in the U.K.'s Department for Culture, Media and Sport, James Heath, director of policy at BBC, Julian Ashworth of BT group, Claire Enders from Enders Analysis consultancy and Adam Minns of the Commercial Broadcasters Association (COBA). The debate will take place at Royal Society in London.
The discussion will focus on the impact of forthcoming BBC Charter renegotiations, namely on the corporation's remit, scale, funding and governance. At the moment, the government in the U.K is receiving public comments on the BBC's Royal Charter renewal. The Charter is the key document governing BBC's activities, including how it is funded, managed and operated. The BBC today is funded solely through a license fee paid by all households in the country that access audiovisual content.
Berlin, October
Over two days, the News Xchange conference focused on bright ideas, opportunities and challenges for the international news industry. News Xchange brings together 500 executives, journalists, presenters, bloggers and start-up entrepreneurs from all around the world to share, learn and cross-pollinate ideas with an array of fellow journalists, experts, scientists, artists and international thought leaders.
The event took place on 28-30 October in Berlin. Topics include big data and journalism, media coverage of the migrant crisis, reporting from the Middle East and how tech companies see media.
New York, October
Who Owns the World’s Media?
The Columbia Institute for Tele-Information at Columbia University Business School launched on 20 October 2015 a landmark study into media ownership worldwide. The project was led by Professor Eli M. Noam, who is head of the institute.
Following three years of research, the institute produced the most detailed analysis to date of ownership in the media. The results are gathered into a book now awaiting publication by Oxford University Press.
Headlines include the following: - The top firm in each content industry has gained about 1% of market share per year. However, the cross-media concentration trends in content have been much slower; - US media industries are the least concentrated among the 30 countries analyzed, but the gap is narrowing; - In the developing and emerging nations a symbiotic relationship of large media organizations and governments has led to the market dominance by very few media companies or by state-controlled media; - The world’s largest media owner, by far, is the government of China; - The world’s largest private media owners are the institutional asset managers State Street Bank, Vanguard, Fidelity, and Capital Group; - Globalization of media will reduce the number of voices per capita.
Brussels, October
EU Media Law
The audio-visual media services (AVMS) directive is the key piece of EU legislation governing media. With new challenges posed by the emergence of new technology and convergence of services, the EU has scrambled in the past five years or so to revise this piece of legislation to respond to the new challenges. The AVMS affects media and indirectly people in ways nobody can fathom. It is therefore important where this law goes in the future.
The Representation of Rhineland-Palatinate to the EU on 12 October 2015 organized an invitation-based discussion about the directive under its Brussels Media Talk debate series. “The revision of the directive on the provision of audio-visual media services (AVMS) constitutes a decisive step towards an active intervention in the evolution of the media,” the invitation states.
“Keeping in mind that any change in the legal framework will have an economic as well as cultural impact, the legislator is facing the task of clearly defining the objectives of the media regulation and possible consequences of different regulatory models in order to anticipate and decide accordingly.” Speakers include Secretary of State Heike Raab in charge of media affairs in the Land of Rhineland-Palatinate, Mark D. Cole, professor of media and telecommunication law at the University of Luxembourg, Marlene Holzner of the European Commission and MEP Petra Kammerevert. If you are interested in this event, contact us.
Lillehammer, October
Investigative Journalism Global Powwow
The Global Investigative Journalism Conference took place on 8-11 October in Lillehammer. This is the world’s largest international gathering of investigative reporters. The conferences are held every two years. Since the first gathering in Copenhagen in 2001, they have brought together more than 5,000 journalists from 100 countries. Later conferences were held in Copenhagen (2003), Amsterdam (2005), Toronto (2007), Lillehammer (2008)Geneva (2010)Kiev (2011), and Rio de Janeiro (2013).
The GIJCs are overseen and co-sponsored by the Global Investigative Journalism Network, in partnership with its national member organizations. The conferences are widely credited with playing a key role in the rapid global expansion of investigative reporting over the past decade. The Global Investigative Journalism Network is the world’s premier international association of investigative reporting organizations. The Network’s membership includes 118 nonprofits and NGOs in 54 countries.
London, October
Invest in Russian Language Media
The European Endowment for Democracy (EED) organized a closed presentation of a feasibility study on Russian language media initiatives (RLMIs) in the Eastern Partnership and beyond entitled “Bringing Plurality and Balance to the Russian Language Media Space”.
The meeting was held on 9 October 2015 at the Legatum Institute in London. Following the launch of the report in June 2015 in Brussels, the objective of the meeting was to present its key findings and recommendations to London-based foundations and private donors active in media support in the region. The presentation included information on the latest state of affairs following a high level intergovernmental conference convened by Poland and the Netherlands in Warsaw on 10 September 2015. It was be followed by an exchange of information regarding support to independent media and a discussion about ways for the engagement of non-state community of donors in the implementation of actions proposed by the study.
The EED launched the feasibility study in January of this year as commissioned and funded by the Dutch government and with a contribution from Latvia. The EED consulted more than 150 media experts and professionals to examine the existing and future prospects for Russian language media in the EU’s Eastern Partnership countries and beyond, primarily the Baltic states and Russia. The study analyses the audiences, content, markets, laws and security environments in which the media operate.
Leipzig, October
Surveillance and Whistleblowing
The European Centre for Press and Media Freedom convened on 8-9 October 2015 at a conference in Leipzig, Germany, to discuss how surveillance and whistleblowing affect the work of journalists. “Press and media freedom is of vital importance in every democratically organized society.
Although freedom of expression is guaranteed in every European constitution, we see breaches of this fundamental human right in every European country – almost every day,” says Lutz Mukke, managing director of European Centre for Press and Media Freedom. Europe’s top journalists, researchers, media lawyers and politicians attended. See more here.
London, October
British Communications Regulator on Consolidation
Sharon White, Chief Executive of Ofcom, the U.K.'s communications regulator, delivered a speech discussing the impact of consolidation on consumers in the communications markets, and the regulation of oligopolies.
The event took place on 7 October 2015 at the London School of Economics. Services like broadband and mobile are now essential to the functioning of the economy, to the way people work and live their lives. At a time of enormous change in the telecoms sector, Ms White explored whether regulators have the right tools to ensure that market structures continue to deliver the best results for consumers. After the speech, Ms White took part in a Q&A with Damian Tambini, director of the LSE Media Policy Project. Sharon White joined Ofcom as Chief Executive in March 2015.
Hamburg, October
Winners in Mobile News Distribution
Every few years, a potential game changer arrives. In 2010, it was the launch of the iPad, and more than 300 news executives joined the first Tablet & App Summit in Hamburg. In 2015, the launch of Apple News and Facebook Instant Articles highlights the importance of faster-loading times and questions the whole organisation of mobile advertising and news design. The discussion returned to Hamburg to the Mobile News Summit on 6 October 2015. The panels included speakers from Visiolab, PageSuite, The Times, Google, BBC News, Schibsted The Economist and Le Monde.
London, September
Investigative Journalists from Western Balkans at The Guardian
Collaborative forms of data gathering and storytelling as established trends of investigative journalism, innovative use of digital tools, cross-border, cross-jurisdiction and cross-media cooperation, lack of universal sustainability or business models in the digital age – these were the topics discussed during the seminar held on 28 and 29 September 2015 at The Guardian, an associate partner of the South East European Media Observatory project.
Six investigative journalists from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro and Serbia, working on investigative stories with the support of the project, met with leading journalists of The Guardian to hear about the paper’s experiences in various forms of investigative journalism and exchange ideas about research techniques and tools to present the stories. Representatives of media development organisations and institutes from the Western Balkans and Turkey – partners in the regional project South East European Media Observatory - also attended the meeting and discussed key challenges and approaches to protect ethical, independent journalism in digital age.