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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Radiodays Asia (Catch Up)

Talking COVID – The personal Experience

Catchup with PMA’s session from this year’s Radiodays Asia, where we spoke to journalists and radio producers about their experiences during the pandemic and discussed the innovations and changes in the way we work that are here to stay.

Watch the sessions again on Radioday’s Catch Up platform.

Welcoming New Neighbours: How public media works for refugees and asylum seekers

As publicly funded organisations, public media must be representative of and accessible to all groups within society. This includes welcoming new residents, such as refugees and asylum seekers, as they integrate into new environments.

Catchup with the Public Media Alliance’s special online event as part of Refugee Week, exploring how public broadcasters are covering the lives of refugees and asylum seekers as they make new homes here in the UK.

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Upcoming events related to public service media

The Children’s Media Conference

5-9 July 


Join CMC for a week-long online conference of children’s and youth content. According to CMC, the conference is the ‘only gathering in the UK for everyone involved in developing, producing and distributing content to kids – on all platforms.’

A specific event of interest is ‘Commissioner Conversations: BBC’ to discuss ‘BBC Children’s and Education strategy for the future’ on 7 July.

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Digital Media Africa 2021

6-7 July 


WAN-IFRA is hosting its fifth edition of Digital Media Africa, inviting media workers from across the region to join in table discussions and workshops covering trust in media and journalism, new business models and subscription strategies, and a chance to network with other media organisations.

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In the public interest: whistleblowing in employment and the media


12 July 

‘Join members of our Media and Employment teams on Monday 12th July for an interactive webinar discussing whistleblowing in employment and the media.

Heather Rogers QC, Jonathan Price, Paras Gorasia and Beth Grossman will explore the legal landscape around whistleblowing in the public interest. They will discuss the principles applying to employees, who disclose information to the media, and the approach when the media want to publish their disclosures. This talk will consider recent decisions in employment and in media cases around “public interest” and take-home points for practitioners working in the media, employment and corporate spheres.

Following each of the presentations, there will be time for a Q&A. The event will run for approximately an hour.’

[Text sourced from Doughty Street Chambers]

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The Future of News


12 July 

“This conference will examine the future of news provision in the UK in light of ongoing regulatory developments, and the potentially transformative effect of emerging news sources and new entrants.

The conference is taking place following the establishment of the Digital Markets Unit, which will look at the relationship between platforms and content providers. It also follows the precedent set by the recent news media bargaining code in Australia for addressing perceived power imbalances between news businesses and large digital platforms.”

Speakers include:

Emily Bell, Leonard Tow Professor of Journalism, Columbia University

Creina Chapman, Deputy Chair and CEO, Australian Communications and Media Authority

Francesca Unsworth, Director, News and Current Affairs, BBC 

Contributions from Google, The Bristol Cable, and The Guardian Foundation.

[Text sourced from Westminster Media Forum]

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13-22 July 

Co-produced by revenue experts as Greater Public and PBS Development Services, the Public Media Development and Marketing Conference (PMDMC) brings together public media leaders and revenue-generating individuals to develop new ways to ‘build a more sustainable future for public media’. According to organisers, it is ‘public media’s largest conference devoted to issues surrounding revenue generation, marketing, and management.’

The PMDMC will be taking place virtually once again.

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In Conversation With the Sir Lenny Henry Centre for Media Diversity


14 July

‘The Sir Lenny Henry Centre for Media Diversity launched last year on March 25. We are an independent new body working to achieve accurate representation of all sections of society across contemporary UK media. The Centre’s ethos is based on valuing collaboration across the sector and our approach is to provide independent, data-driven, and authoritative analysis combined with first-hand insights relating to representation across the media industry. Launching during the pandemic presented some challenges, but we have managed, in a relatively short space of time to have some impact by conducting and commissioning research, working as a consultancy and launching a new journal. On the 14 July at 11:30 we’d like to invite you to join us in an informal conversation between key members of the Centre, reflecting on the past year and the developments the Centre hopes to see, following which we will open up for questions and discussion.’

[Text sourced from Birmingham City University]

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The increasing Legal Risks Faced By Journalists


15 July

The European Centre for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF) and The Rory Peck Trust (RPT) have joined forces to ‘explore the main legal risks that journalists should be aware of while reporting on the ground, either at home or overseas, and how to avoid the pitfalls of dealing with different legal systems.’

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Covering climate: Journalism insights on the launch of the sixth IPCC report


27 July

Non-profit organisation, Clean Energy Wire (CLEW), is hosting an exclusive, online event for journalists one week before the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) publishes the first part of its sixth Assessment Report in August that will reveal an update on the situation facing climate change. The event will enable journalists to discuss their insights and best practices for reporting on climate change and the IPCC report.

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Webinar – Numbers are not neutral: How journalists can detect deep bias & avoid hidden traps

11 August


How do journalists fairly use numbers in reporting? What does it really mean for a sample to be representative? In what ways can reporters vet numbers quickly and reliably for potential bias? Join the National Press Club Journalism Institute and the National Association of Science Writers for a program that will answer these questions and leave participants with new tactics to detect deep bias in numbers before they use them; surface hidden traps and avoid them; [and] accurately represent the people and lives reflected in the data.

[Text sourced from the National Press Club Journalism Institute]

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South Asia Media Summit

12-13 August 


The International News Media Association (INMA), invites ‘CEOs, CXOs, heads of marketing, brand, strategy, digital, finance, and programming; consumer insight and editorial teams; audience builders; revenue drivers; thought leaders; investors; policy makers; and technology partners in India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, and Pakistan’ to attend this two-day virtual event that covers the best practices in media business viability, audience building, consumption trends storytelling and more.

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Latin America Media Conference

26-27 August 


The International News Media Association (INMA) is also hosting a media summit that focuses on best practices for media organisations in Latin America. Covering topics including digital transformation, monetisation and integrity and trust.

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Science Journalism Forum 2021

30 August – 2 September 


SJF is a virtual multilingual global event where science journalists, writers, publishers, scientists, students, and academia can share new ideas and thoughts in science journalism. The forum aims to empower all stakeholders with new tools that help them communicate, network, and learn from their peers worldwide. Compared to offline events, the virtual SJF is less cost, eco-friendly, and brings all experts in no matter where they are.

[Text sourced from SJF]

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The future for UK public service broadcasting- relevance, representation, resources, reach, viability, and priorities for policy and regulation

9 September


‘This conference will bring out key perspectives on what is needed to underpin the ongoing viability of public service broadcasting, including accountability, and ensuring that the PSB sector is representative of the society it serves.

This full-day conference is taking place in the context of the DCMS Committee report – The Future of Public Service Broadcasting – which was published in March this year, and made a range of recommendations aimed at enabling PSB to compete more effectively with on-demand streaming services, including proposals for increased collaboration among public service broadcasters.’

[Text sourced from the Westminster Media Forum]

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RTS Cambridge Convention 2021

15-16 September


‘Sky’s Group CEO Dana Strong is confirmed as the first international keynote for the conference, marking her first European outing since her appointment earlier this year.

The initial line-up of industry leaders also confirmed to speak at the conference includes Tim Davie, Alex Mahon, Carolyn McCall, Richard Sharp and Mark Thompson, chaired by YouTube’s Ben McOwen Wilson.

Further high-profile speakers will be announced in the coming weeks.

The 2021 event, which is set to take place at King’s College in Cambridge, is titled “Broadcast Britain: Reshaping Britishness on the Global Stage”.’

[Text sourced from RTS]

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IPI World Conference

15 – 17 September

Hybrid event – in Vienna and online

The International Press Institute is hosting its world conference to bring journalists, editors and publishers together to discus the future and power of journalism and storytelling. This is a hybrid event, so you can attend either in person in Vienna or online.

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Reporting Earth

21 September


‘Reporting Earth is a one-day, online Journalism summit held on 21 September 2021, a week ahead of the Youth Summit of the UN Climate Change Conference (COP 26), to share best practice and generate actionable ideas for reporting the climate crisis for young people. Hosted by the University of Falmouth, partnering with news innovation lab Fathm the summit will include:

Keynote speakers from climate science and journalism

Panel discussions with journalists reporting climate in new ways, using new formats.

Professional pitch / feedback workshops on prototype ideas for reporting climate for a young, international audience.’

[Text sourced from Falmouth University]

Languages & the Media 2021

20 – 24 September


‘The conference brings together content creators and distributors, broadcasters, streaming services, language services providers, software and hardware developers, researchers, trainers, practitioners, and all those involved in the production, marketing and distribution of audiovisual content for information, entertainment or educational purposes through localisation and accessibility. The conference sessions and workshops examine the trends, innovations and technologies that are changing the globalised provision of audiovisual media and the ways we consume it across and within languages.’

[Text sourced from Languages & The Media]

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News Impact Summit: Diversity, equity and inclusion

23 September


Join the European Journalism Centre in its next Summit on “Diversity, equity and inclusion in the media industry: How can journalism better cover our changing societies?” This is an opportunity for editors, newsroom managers, journalists and students to come together to discuss how to create more diverse, equal and inclusive newsrooms.

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RIPE@2021 Conference: “Public Service Media’s Contribution to Society”

27-28 September


Across two days, public media practitioners and academics are invited to exchange ideas in this year’s virtual event on ‘Public Service Media’s Contribution to Society’. Supported by the University of Fribourg in Switzerland, this conference builds on discussions around PSM’s public value at a time when public media is increasingly under pressure from competition from streaming services and audience fragmentation. All presentations will be recorded

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World News Media Congress 2021

28-30 September

Taipei, Taiwan

From 28 to 30 September 2021 World News Media Congress will take place in Taipei, Taiwan. The three-day Congress will cover and discuss such topics as Post-Covid media outlook, regaining revenue and new opportunities, digital subscription, distributed newsrooms, solutions journalism, women in news leadership, and leadership in challenging times.

[Text sourced from GFMD]

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EBU Creative Forum

29-30 September

The EBU Creative Forum is an annual event showcasing innovative European public service media factual and entertainment formats. The forum offers EBU Members and organisations from other public broadcasting unions the opportunity to engage in dialogue about TV formats, organise co-productions and the sharing of studio facilities, and pool their creative potential. It is organised by the EBU in close cooperation with the Formats Core Group.

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PBI Brussels Conference: A Choice for Democracy

29 September – 1 October 

Registration is open until 1 September

Brussels, Belgium

Belgian’s public broadcasters VRT and RTBF are hosting this year’s Public Broadcasters International (PBI) conference this year, the second time to be held in Belgium since 1992. Under the theme ‘A Choice for Democracy’, senior executives from public media groups and unions will join together to debate and address challenges facing PSM, including ‘Co-operation with Commercial entities, Coping with Economic Pressure, Diversity, & Inclusion’.

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Radiodays Europe

9-11 October

Hybrid event – online and in Lisbon

Radiodays Europe is taking place in person and online. The annual conference brings together radio professionals, from public and private media, from around the world to discuss new challenges for and needs of the European industry.

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NAB Show

9-13 October

The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) show, the trade union for commercial and non-commercial radio and television broadcasters, returns to Las Vegas in October. ‘No matter where you fall in the content ecosystem, this is where you’ll reconnect to the tools, technology and people who will empower you on your path… Engage in compelling conversations with current and future partners. And immerse yourself in a show floor where innovative and future-ready solutions are waiting at every turn. If you’re involved with the business of storytelling, then you belong at NAB Show.’

[Text sourced from NAB]

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The African Investigative Journalism Conference

11-13 October

Organised by the Journalism Department of the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa, AIJC is Africa’s ‘biggest annual gathering of working journalists’ and a great ‘opportunity to share great African work, learn new skills, hear how it is done and share experiences.’ The Conference consists of more than 25 skills sessions and masterclasses as well as opportunities for networking.

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11-14 October

MIPCOM is “the unmissable rendezvous for the whole content ecosystem”. With its first edition dating back to 1985, MIPCOM stands for “Marché International des Programmes de Communication” from the French “International Market of Communications Programmes” and has since evolved to become one of the world’s leading entertainment content market.

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Media Cybersecurity Seminar

12-13 October

The annual EBU Media Cybersecurity Seminar is the only industry event focusing on cybersecurity for media in general and public service media in particular. It assembles a line-up of leading security experts for an exchange on current cybersecurity risks and trends, latest technologies and best practices to mitigate those risks in the media industry.

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26-27 October

EU DisinfoLab’s annual conference will take place at the Renaissance Brussels Hotel.

“We gather. We source. We map”.

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Global Investigative Journalism Conference

3-5 November

The Global Conference is the seminal international event in investigative journalism, featuring practical panels and workshops on the latest investigative techniques, data analysis, online research, cross-border collaboration, and more by the best journalists in the field.

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ICFJ Tribute to Journalists

9 November

Each year ICFJ honours the achievements of outstanding journalists whose news reports and analyses are having tremendous impact. Join ICFJ in celebrating its 2021 award winners, Bill Whitaker of CBS News’ “60 Minutes” and Anne Applebaum of The Atlantic. This year’s ICFJ Knight International Journalism Award winners are Brazilian fact-checker Natália Leal of Agência Lupa and Czech investigative journalist Pavla Holcová.

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International Press Freedom Awards

18 November

The Committee to Protect Journalists will honor four courageous journalists from Belarus, Guatemala, Mozambique, and Myanmar with the 2021 International Press Freedom Awards. All four have reported during a historically turbulent time, covering protests and political upheaval in their countries.

Last updated on 12 July 2021.

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