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The latest events related to the world of public service media

From conferences to symposiums and launch dates, we strive to highlight a wide range of international public service media events.

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“The Future of PSB – Threats and Opportunities” – Debate and discussion

London, UK

12 November 

Organised by the Policy Observatory of the Communication and Media Research Institute (CAMRI) based at the University of Westminster, this event will “examine some of the urgent policy and regulatory questions being raised by new platforms and new global players.” It entails a debate and discussion with the audience about the challenges that audience viewing habits and behaviors as well as competition from SVOD services have on the contribution of public service broadcasting.


November 2019


Conference on the Safety of Journalist – Digital Safety

Oslo, Norway

6 – 8 November 

The conference is in connection with UNESCO’s International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists at OsloMet University and The Freedom of Speech Foundation (Fritt Ord), Norway.     

The conference will focus on digital safety but also invite papers discussing other aspects related to the safety of journalists. The conference will be organised as a mixture of keynote speakers, working groups, panels and paper presentations.

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FoME Symposium 

Bonn, Germany

7 – 8 November 

The focus for Deutsche Welle’s 2019 Symposium is “Rethinking media development – New actors, new technologies and new strategies”. It will explore ‘the future for media development in the new information ecosystem’, highlighting the advantages as well as disadvantages of social media and digital technologies for journalism.

Core questions at the symposium are:

  • How can media development succeed in this changing information ecosystem?
    What are the most pressing challenges? What new approaches look promising?
  • What are positive examples of cooperation with start-ups/innovation hubs? How do tech companies like Facebook, Google and the like come into play?
  • How are media development organizations preparing for these changes?
  • What are the most important future issues for media development?

[Text sourced from Deutsche Welle]

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Seminar: How to Tackle Fake News and Information War in the EU?

Helsinki, Finland 

12 November 

The Finnish Foundation for Media and Development (VIKES) and The Union of Journalists in Finland are organizing the seminar “Disinformation, Misinformation, Malinformation – How to Tackle Fake News and Information War in the EU?”

Their goal is to identify different forms of misinformation and influence operations, as well as to introduce measures to tackle and regulate them.

The EFJ GS is invited as a guest speaker.

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“The Future of PSB – Threats and Opportunities” – Debate and discussion

London, UK

12 November 

Organised by the Policy Observatory of the Communication and Media Research Institute (CAMRI) based at the University of Westminster, this event will “examine some of the urgent policy and regulatory questions being raised by new platforms and new global players.” It entails a debate and discussion with the audience about the challenges that audience viewing habits and behaviors as well as competition from SVOD services have on the contribution of public service broadcasting.

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Video Exchange, Africa

CTICC, South Africa

12 – 13 November

In association with the African Public Broadcasting Association (APBF) and the Southern African Broadcasting Association (SABA). The three days of Video Exchange Africa help attendees navigate multi-screen and OTT services, start realising the opportunities of the digital transition, and monetise new content distribution models. 

The agenda is designed to share with you the case study experience of the people redefining broadcasting in Africa, alongside a series of interactive discussions and masterclasses to help you walk away with a plan of action to thrive in the new digital video age.

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ABU Tokyo 2019

ABU Tokyo 2019

Toyko, Japan

17 – 22 November

Hosted by Japan’s public service broadcaster, NHK, the theme for the 56th ABU General Assembly and Associated Meetings is ‘Building Trust: Enriching Audience Experience’. It takes place at a time when trust in the media is at an all time low. The event provides broadcasters and media practitioners from the Asia-Pacific region as well as globally with the opportunity to discuss and brainstorm innovative ways in which to engage with and build trust among their audiences in a rapidly changing media landscape where multi-platform content seems to be the future of public media.

PMA will also be attending and will be providing updates of the event throughout the week.

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Newsrewired event
Newsrewired

London, UK

27 November

This is the 25th Newsrewired digital journalism conference, taking place at the Reuters in Canary Wharf, London. “The day will feature a mix of workshops, talks and panel discussions about the latest tools, trends and techniques in digital journalism”, such as using AI for audience engagement and what skills journalists need in the contemporary media landscape.

Two courses are also taking place the day before, which Newsrewired+ delegates can attend. They include mobile journalism for small newsrooms or publishers and audience engagement strategies.

(Text sourced from Newsrewired)

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December 2019


JERAA 2019 Journalism: Plurality, Precarity and Possibilities

Sydney, Australia 

4 – 6 December

This conference invites papers and panel proposals that address the theme of ‘Journalisms: plurality, precarity and possibilities’. Contributions could address any of the following topics within those themes, or related research: Plurality, Precarity and Possibilities. 

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Future of Journalism 2019

Cardiff, UK

5 December 

The Call for Papers for the seventh Future of Journalism conference in September 2019 has opened. Cardiff University’s School of Journalism, Media and Culture (JOMEC) will again host the biennial conference which will this year focus upon the theme “Innovations, Transitions and Transformations”. Professor Andrew Chadwick (Loughborough University), Professor Adrienne Russell (University of Washington), and Professor Nikki Usher (University of Illinois) will be the keynote speakers. Contributions on all aspects of journalism are welcomed along with those addressing the conference theme being particularly encouraged.

(Text sourced from Cardiff University)

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Prague Media Point Conference – “What’s Working”

Prague, Czech Republic

5 – 7 December 

Conference for journalists, media professionals, and scholars. Prague Media Point’s mission is to make disruption in the media work for public good by fostering solution-oriented expert gatherings drawing on unique regional perspectives and providing lasting networking experiences.

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Almaty: Training on Fostering the Relationship Between Security Forces and Journalists

Almaty, Kazakhstan

9 December

UNESCO Almaty jointly with UNODC and Kazakhstani Media Alliance are organizing training workshop in Almaty, Kazakhstan.

30 participants from law enforcement agencies, prosecutors, journalists from Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan, as well as the International IT University, the UNESCO Chair in Journalism and Communications of Al-Farabi Kazakh National University are going to learn how to improve the relationship between security forces and journalists; how security forces play a vital role in protecting and ensuring an environment conducive to freedom of expression, access to information and other fundamental freedoms. The training is consistent with the goals and priorities defined in the UN Action Plan for the Safety of Journalists and the issue of impunity.

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NEWSOCRACY | Protect Public Service Media against Political Interference

Budapest, Hungary

12 December

With populism on the rise and freedom of the media on the rise there is no better time to discuss how Public Service Media and media freedom in Europe can be protected. Discussions include a case study on Hungary as well as PSM capture in Western Europe. The conference is organised in collaboration with The Budapest Center for Independent Journalism (CIJ).


January 2020


European radio and digital audio show
European Radio and Digital Audio Show 2020

Paris, France

23-25 January 2020

The event brings together organisations from around the world to discuss the latest trends in radio broadcasting, including digital migration; how to embrace radio as the dominant medium in most countries and how to better enhance content for audiences.

Event partners include UNESCO and Radiodays Europe 2019. More information about the event is still to be provided on the event website.

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NETA CPB conference
2020 NETA Conference & CPB Public Media Thought Leader Forum

Washington DC, US

26-30 January 2020

“The NETA Conference and CPB Public Media Thought Leader Forum is the only gathering dedicated to the foundational cornerstone of Public Media: Education.

Join your colleagues in station leadership, education, community engagement, marketing, promotion, production and content to learn from national thought leaders and engage in hands-on discussions. This year we will explore the future of education and media, with a focus on the following areas: Media in the Classroom, Content, Community Engagement, Station Management, and Youth Voices.”

(Text sourced from NETA Conference)

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Last updated on 8 November 2019.

If you have any suggestions for events related to the world of public service media please email PMA at editor@publicmediaalliance.org.