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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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November 2020


International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists

2 November 2020

International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists “is in recognition of the far-reaching consequences of impunity, especially of crimes against journalists, that the United Nations General Assembly adopted Resolution A/RES/68/163 at its 68th session in 2013 which proclaimed 2 November as the ‘International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists’ (IDEI). The Resolution urged Member States to implement definite measures countering the present culture of impunity. The date was chosen in commemoration of the assassination of two French journalists in Mali on 2 November 2013.”

IDEI will be celebrated along with World Press Freedom Day during the World Press Freedom Conference 2020 on 9 and 10 December 2020. 

[Text sourced from UNESCO]

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Data Journalism: Build Trust in Media

3-5 November 2020

Online

“How can journalists combine data analysis with traditional reporting? How can data journalism counter misinformation? How can we lobby for better access to data? At this Summit, we’ll take you behind the scenes of some of the most successful data-driven stories out there. We will share the latest technology tools and resources to help advance your data skills, and showcase newsroom collaborations that are on the right path to advance data journalism.”

This event is one of several summits hosted by News Impact, a programme organised by the European Journalism Centre and the Google News Initiative. 

[Text sourced from News Summit]

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Data Journalism: Build Trust in Media

3-5 November 2020

Online

“How can journalists combine data analysis with traditional reporting? How can data journalism counter misinformation? How can we lobby for better access to data? At this Summit, we’ll take you behind the scenes of some of the most successful data-driven stories out there. We will share the latest technology tools and resources to help advance your data skills, and showcase newsroom collaborations that are on the right path to advance data journalism.”

This event is one of several summits hosted by News Impact, a programme organised by the European Journalism Centre and the Google News Initiative. 

[Text sourced from News Summit]

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Video Exchange Africa

9-12 November 2020

“Video Exchange Africa helps attendees navigate multiscreen 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.”

During this virtual event, participants will get the chance to engage with Director-Generals from national broadcasting corporations as well as CEOs and Executive Chairmen from broadcast associations, investors and other stakeholders.

Key topics include ‘Africa’s content production and consumption landscape’ and ‘Made in Africa: creating content that has local and international appeal’ among others.

[Text sourced from Africa Com]

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Mental Health in the Newsroom

10 November 2020

The Society of Editors is hosting a webinar on mental health in the newsroom, featuring industry leaders and expert thinkers. This webinar is the first in a six-part series of free debates and panel discussions and will be chaired by the Society’s President Alison Gow.

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Digital Media Europe 2020

Virtual

10-12 November 2020

Digital Media Europe 2020 will cover the topics of Subscription Marketing and Premium Advertising, with a special focus on local media. 

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The AIBs 2020

13 November 2020

The Association for International Broadcasting (AIB) will be hosting its 16th awards night ceremony online on 13 November to celebrate “journalism and factual television, radio, audio and digital productions in any language.” More information to follow shortly.

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The 57th ABU General Assembly and Associated Meetings

16 November – 17 December 2020

For the first time in the history of the ABU, it’s annual gathering will be held virtually. This year’s theme is ‘Media in a time of crisis: Creativity and innovation for multiplatform’, which will showcase ABU members’ work and how they continued to serve the public during the COVID-19 pandemic. The whole event consists of over twenty meetings and sessions, which are split between members only and restricted, invite only sessions.

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Next steps for the TV and screen production sector in the UK 

17 November 2020

The Westminster Media Forum is hosting a full-scale policy conference online on the key priorities for the TV and wider screen production sector in the UK in light of COVID-19 challenges, the upcoming end of the EU exit transition period, and changing consumption habits. There will be a number of areas for discussion, including innovation in content delivery and workforce skills and diversity.

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Science in the Newsroom Global Summit 2020

23-24 November

Global health emergencies look set to be a part of our lives. What awaits us in 2021 and what lessons can we draw from COVID-19 coverage to better equip newsrooms and journalists to move from reactive storytelling to considered and impactful journalism? This two day, open, online event will tap expert views on future public health crises, showcase best practice journalism that has emerged in 2020, give ideas on how to elevate your coverage so that you are recognised as a credible provider of science news, and suggest how to develop specialist skills in your newsroom.

[Text sourced from WAN-IFRA] 

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Trust in Journalism Conference 2020

23-25 November 2020

With misinformation and disinformation on the rise, it is no doubt that public trust in authorities, public services and even the media has declined. 

In its third year, journalists, academics, publishers, students and anyone else active in the media industry are invited by IMPRESS to participate in its three-day, online conference where participants will have the opportunity to discuss the “issues of standards in journalism, tools for high-quality reporting, the challenges of building trust with audiences in the present context, and learn about some of the fantastic efforts being made in the sector and their impact.”

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IPDC – The Future of Media Development

24 November 2020

Online

The International Programme for the Development of Communication (IPDC) will be celebrating its 40th anniversary in media development with a virtual event. The event will feature interactive panels and will take a look at the challenges ahead. 

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Post Covid-19: Reshaping Broadcast Organisations in Africa

24 November 2020

Online

This online forum, organised by Broadcast Media Africa, will address how Africa’s broadcast industry is transforming as well as explore the impact of COVID-19 on broadcasters. Organisers will also provide participants with insights and guidance on how broadcasters can be sustainable and commercially viable. 

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EBU Technology & Innovation – Forecast 2020

24-25 November 2020

FORECAST is [the European Broadcasting Corporation’s] annual seminar on the evolution of media distribution technologies, spectrum issues, regulation and associated business models. This year, due to the Covid-19 sanitary restrictions, it will be an online event. The event is free for EBU members and costs EUR50 for non-members.

[Texted sourced from EBU]

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Funding and regulating public interest journalism in a world of fake news

27 November 2020

Online

The APPG Media Group (All-Party Parliamentary Media Group), in collaboration with NewsNow, is hosting a panel event to explore this issue and the potential policy solutions, spanning funding, regulation, fake news and freedom of speech, through to the prospective policy solutions to protect and promote legitimate news over misinformation in the digital world.

[Text sourced from APPG Media]

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Tackling fake news and online misinformation

27 November 2020

As part of the Westminster Forum Projects, this full-scale policy conference will examine the tackling of fake news and online misinformation. Among the key areas of discussion are current key threats such as the COVID-19 pandemic; countermeasures; next steps; policy; and regulation.

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December 2020


Newsrewired

1-10 December 2020

Journalism.co.uk is hosting its second virtual conference to share tips and best practices on how news organisations have adapted their ways of working, and producing and distributing content during unusual circumstances. Under the theme ‘Newsroom leadership in the times of disruption’, the conference aims to prepare organisations for 2021.

Talks will be held every Tuesday and Thursday during the 1-10 December. 

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Coronavirus, Statistical Chaos and the News: Preliminary Reflections

4 December 2020

Online

This symposium – jointly organised by Bournemouth University, the Royal Statistical Society and the Association of British Science Writers – gathers journalists, scientists, statisticians and media scholars to reflect on how the news media have performed in handling and communicating Covid-19 data and statistics to the public.

[Text sourced from Journalism.co.uk]

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ARIJ Forum 2020

4-6 December 2020

Under the theme “Connecting the World”, the Arab Reporters for Investigative Journalism (ARIJ) is hosting its 13th annual forum. ARIJ is the Arab world’s biggest gathering for investigative journalists and supporters of independent media. For this year’s forum, topics include COVID-19 investigative journalism; free press versus authoritarianism; fighting misinformation; and race and gender. 

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RSF 2020 Press Freedom Awards

8 December 2020

Taipei, Taiwan; Online

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) will be hosting its annual Press Freedom Awards, this time in Taipei, Taiwan. Seven journalists and five media outlets are competing across three categories: prize for Impact, Courage, and Independence. The awardees include investigative media or journalists from the Philippines, Brazil, Russia, France, and India. The awards ceremony will be available to watch via a Facebook livestream in Chinese and on YouTube in English.

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Webinar on Media Literacy in Europe: Baltic States

9 December

Webinar 

“This webinar is one in a series of monthly webinars organised by the Media & Learning Association (MLA) and Nordicom which aims to support the growing number of organisations and individuals keen to help young people become more media literate.”

The webinar is moderated and hosted by Maarit Jaakkola, Nordicom and Sally Reynolds, Media & learning Association.

Explore the NordMedia Network website for more webinars in this series. Other upcoming webinars include exploring media literacy in France, Greece and Ireland.

[Text sourced from NordMedia Network]

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World Press Freedom Day Conference 2020

9-10 December 2020

Digital Edition

Hosted by the Dutch Government and UNESCO, the World Press Freedom Conference on 9 and 10 December will be a diverse and vibrant event, where communities from all over the world gather virtually to connect, share and learn from each other. A number of prominent figures from the world of journalism and the media will be making an appearance at the digital WPFC.

JOIN US – The Public Media Alliance will be hosting a session called Public Media MattersFind out more. 

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Global Summit on Media for Children

9-11 December 2020

This year’s Global Summit on Media for Children (GSMC), organised by the Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU), is on the theme ‘Diverse media for diverse children’. The hosts of this virtual conference are Televisi Republik Indonesia (TVRI) and the WSMC Foundation, and it will provide an opportunity for everyone interested in children’s media content – from producers and programmers, to educators and regulators – to showcase the latest trends and initiatives in children’s programming and what is needed to attract younger audiences. 

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The future for public service broadcasting

11 December 2020

As part of the Westminster Forum Projects, this conference will consider the future for UK public service broadcasting – looking at Ofcom’s PSB review, market dynamics, and priorities for policy and regulation.

[Text sourced from WMF]

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January 2021


Webinar on Media Literacy in Europe: Croatia

13 January 2021

This webinar is the third in a series of monthly webinars organised by the Media & Learning Association (MLA) and Nordicom. In this part of the series the focus is on Croatia and its media literacy experiences and practices, policy framework, and promotion of media literacy in education. The series aims to support organisations and individuals focused on helping young people become more media literate. 

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European Radio and Digital Audio Show 2021

Paris, France

21 – 23 January 2021

With around 450 speakers, 183 exhibitors and 160 sessions, the European Radio and Digital Audio Show is due to kick off for three days in Paris in January 2021. Participants can attend masterclasses, lectures, meetings and more to share ideas and celebrate radio and digital audio media.

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February 2021


Webinar on Media Literacy in Europe: Netherlands  

13 February 2021

Online

This webinar is one in a series of monthly webinars organised by the Media & Learning Association (MLA) and Nordicom which aims to support the growing number of organisations and individuals keen to help young people become more media literate.

These webinars are open to anyone interested in the topic of media literacy including researchers, practitioners and policy makers.

[Text sourced from NordMedia Network]

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Westminster Forum Projects: The Future of the BBC

23 February 2021

Online

This online conference will bring together stakeholders, including Ofcom, DCMS, HMRC and the Cabinet Office to discuss the future and evolving role of the BBC, including its funding mechanism, purpose and scope ahead of its Charter review in 2022.

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Last updated on 20 November 2020.

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