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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May 2018

World Press Freedom Day 2018

Accra, Ghana

2-3 May

UNESCO will lead the 25th celebration of World Press Freedom Day (3 May). The main event, jointly organized by UNESCO and the Government of the Republic of Ghana, will take place in Accra, Ghana on 2 – 3 May. This year’s global theme is ‘Keeping Power in Check: Media, Justice and The Rule of Law’, and will cover issues of media and the transparency of the political process, the independence and media literacy of the judicial system, and the accountability of state institutions towards the public. The Day will also examine contemporary challenges of ensuring press freedom online.

[Text sourced from UNESCO]

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The Radio Academy: Radio Festival 

British Library, London

15 May 2018

Radio Festival is the most influential event of its kind in the radio and audio calendar and brings together senior industry executives, practitioners and aspiring audio professionals for a unique shared experience of networking, knowledge transfer and inspiration in all things radio & audio.

The worlds of podcasting, streaming, audio publishing, digital audio and traditional radio are all in this dynamic melting pot. It’s a ‘must attend’ event for those wanting to get in and get on in the industry and fertile ground for executives to meet new talent across all disciplines.

[Text sourced from The Radio Academy]

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The European Investigative Journalism & Dataharvest Conference

Mechelen, Belgium

24-27 May 2018

The EIJC (European Investigative Journalism Conference) and Dataharvest, organised by Journalismfund.eu, is the most relevant networking event for investigative and data journalists in Europe. The EIJC and Dataharvest 2018 will take place on Thursday 24, Friday 25, Saturday 26 and Sunday morning 27 May 2018 in Mechelen. Conference hashtag is #EIJC18.

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Prix Jeunesse International 2018

Munich, Germany

25-30 May 2018

This bi-annual festival is the Prix Jeunesse Foundation’s main activity, that wants to bring forward television that enables children to see, hear and express themselves and their culture, and that enhances an awareness and appreciation of other cultures. Further activities like the Prix Jeunesse Suitcase, training and global networking make Prix Jeunesse a world-embracing lobby organisation for quality children’s media.

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June 2018

ONO Conference 2018


3-6 June

The Organisation of News Ombudsmen & Standards Editors (ONO) will be holding their annual conference in Amsterdam, on the theme Building Trust – Tools and Ideas for Ombudsmen, Public Editors and Standards Editors to rebuild public belief in news media. 

Registration is now open for members and partners of ONO. More information and public registration will be made available in due course via the ONO website.

Workshop: Robot Journalism – Should we be afraid?


5 June

Robot “journalism” is already the reality in many newsrooms churning out content faster than we can consume. News organisations are increasingly experimenting with robot journalism using computer programmes to analyse data and produce news stories because robots are more productive.

But how much do we know about these robots behind the news? Are they friends or foes of journalists? Should journalists be afraid or take advantage of the technology to improve their working conditions and quality of journalism?

This European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) and MediaRoad workshop will be co-located with the EFJ annual meeting (6-7 June).

[Italic text via EFJ]

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World News Media Congress 2018

Cascais, Portugal

6-8 June

This WAN-IFRA event brings together chief editors, publisher and CEOs from news organisations worldwide with a passion for press freedom and sustainability within the new industry. This year’s core theme is “women in news” and rethinking leadership.

To find out more, follow the link below.

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Annual conference on European media law 2018


8 June

The conference aims to keep media law practitioners up-to-date by providing an overview of the
latest policy developments, legislative initiatives and case law in this field.

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DW Global Media Forum

Bonn, Germany

June 11-13

This year’s theme for Deutsche Wells’s  Global Media Forum is Global Inequalities. This renowned conference will ask whether the media are able to understand the dimensions and effects of inequality and explore the inequalities that exist within the media itself. It will also explore the potential for technology and digital developments to “provide equal access to knowledge, power and participation”.

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IAMCR 2018

University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon, USA

June 20-24

IAMCR conferences address a wide diversity of topics defined by our 31 thematic sections and working groups. We also propose a single central theme to be explored throughout the conference with the aim of generating and exploring multiple perspectives on a shared set of issues. This is accomplished through plenary and special sessions, and in the meetings of the sections and working groups. For IAMCR 2018, the central theme is Reimagining Sustainability: Communication and Media Research in a Changing World.

(Text sourced from IAMCR 2018)

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Broadcast Asia

Suntec Singapore

June 26-28

This international event gathers together expert in the industries of pro-audio, film, digital media and broadcasting. The event will showcase the latest global innovation that are influencing and shaping the digital world. 

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July 2018

Radio Asia 2018

Astana, Kazakhstan

10-12 July


Radio – Unity and Diversity is the title of this year’s RadioAsia Conference in Astana, Kazakhstan.

The conference will address in very practical ways one of the greatest challenges facing Radio broadcasters in the Second Digital Age (New Media and evolution of Web 3.0) Broadcasters around the world are venturing deeper and deeper into areas where new technologies, platforms and production methods become increasingly flexible and volatile, where convergence one minute becomes divergence the next.

[Text sourced from the Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union]

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August 2018

PMA Global Conference 2018

Kingston, Jamaica

13 August

The Public Media Alliance general meeting will focussed on the role of public media in contemporary democracy. The conference will be held in association with the Caribbean Broadcasting Union.

Theme and more details to be announced soon.

CBU | 49th Annual General Assembly

Kingston, Jamaica

14 August

This year’s theme will be “Building Resilience to Climate Change: Business, Technology & Content Options for Caribbean Media”. The event will be held in association with the Public Media Alliance.

More details to be announced soon. For updates check the the Caribbean Broadcasting Union’s (CBU) website.

October 2018

Public Broadcasters International 2018

Seoul, South Korea

23-25 October

KBS will host this year’s annual conference of the Public Broadcasters International (PBI) from 23 to 25 October, 2018 in Seoul. Korea. This is the second time for KBS to bring the significant media event to Seoul since 2007 when KBS welcomed heads and executives of major public service broadcasters across the globe to share future strategies for public service broadcasting. For this year’s PBI gathering, the discussion will explore the ever-evolving media landscape dominantly driven by the so-called digital and mobile revolution. As summed up in the recently released conference catchphrase, Media’s Next Big Bang: Strategic Initiatives for Connected Platforms, the PBI Seoul 2018 will provide an opportunity to look at impacts of digitalized broadcasting services that connect audiences to a wider network of media experiences such as social media. Terrestrial UHD broadcasting service pioneered by KBS and the Korean Wave dramas will be on the table for further examination of their possibilities to lead such changes from the perspective of public service media. The steering committee for the PBI is planned to take place in Seoul in April, 2018 after which details of the PBI Seoul 2018 will be revealed.

More information will be available soon

[Text sourced from KBS]

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