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The Global Forum for Media Development 2016

Tuesday 9 August 2016, by SIGNIS

Jakarta, August, 9th, 2016 (GFMD) From September 20-22, 2016, the Global Forum for Media Development (GFMD) will hold its fourth international conference in Jakarta, Indonesia, around the theme “Decoding the Future: Rethinking Media for a New World”.

The news industry is transforming rapidly as digital technology redefines the field. For organisations that help promote independent media, the changes offer exciting opportunities to help professional media and citizen journalists expand and deepen coverage, and call for new strategies and approaches for sustainability. This is all taking place at times when working as a journalist has never been more dangerous and when independent media are engaged in a battle for survival with state-run players, large-scale media conglomerates and social media platforms.

Participants will share best practices, new technologies and practical research, and help 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 is timelier than ever.

The 2016 World Forum for Media Development is the multi-annual, long-awaited gathering of media professionals and assistance groups. An opportunity to network, build partnerships and discover the latest trends in media development. Don’t miss it.

The five following themes will be discussed:

  • Asia: A who’s who in the Asian media landscape, the top players, the local values and the new business models;
  • Extremism: The ways and means to address radical narratives through quality journalism, ethics and commitment to human rights and free speech;
  • Media and business: Understanding who owns the media and how to ensure sustainability of quality journalism;
  • Audience: A look into today’s media consumers, their habits, expectations and aspirations;
  • Technology: Discovering the latest trends and how to make sense of what new technological advances mean for tomorrow’s journalism
    The World Forum will also focus on access to information, recently established as one of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals and on the importance of coordination for media development to create synergies facing the most pressing challenges.

The aim is to reach, in addition to the 100 Indonesian participants, a total of 300 international participants from all over the world.

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