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 impacts of COVID-19 on the Southeast Asian media landscape

On Tuesday 5 October, the Public Media Alliance (PMA), in partnership with the Asia Democracy Network (ADN) and with support from UNESCO Bangkok, hosted a webinar to discuss preliminary findings from a regional consultation project exploring the state of media freedom, media business viability and journalist safety in ten countries in Southeast Asia during the COVID-19 crisis. They were joined by media stakeholders from across the region and the project’s country experts to share their insights on the challenges and threats facing journalists and media workers.

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.

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.

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Upcoming events related to public service media

Risks And Disaster Safeguarding For Audio-Visual Archives In Africa

7 October

Virtual – via Zoom

Broadcast Media Africa (BMA) is hosting an industry forum, which aims to address the risk management of audio-visual archives, such as in the event of security, flood or fire alarms. It will ‘look closely at issues relating to the effectiveness of disaster planning for the preservation of audio-visual archives and the factors that underpin success for holders of audio-visual content across Africa.’

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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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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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The African Investigative Journalism Conference

11-15 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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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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2021 PBS Technology Conference

18 – 28 October


Events begin on October 18 with Pre-Conference Workshops. General Sessions and breakouts will be interwoven over October 19-28 and additional networking opportunities offered throughout the two-week event.’ 

PBS station staff will be able to participate for free.

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19-21 October

How do we track surveillance and deal with cybersecurity? How do we investigate abuse of personal data? How can we assess the lobbying power of big tech? These are questions of acute importance for all journalists – here is a chance to get closer to some answers!

Join us for a series of three half-day seminars in a cooperation between the Panelfit Consortium, Osservatorio Balcani e Caucaso, European Data Journalism Network and Arena for Journalism in Europe. The seminars are aimed at journalists, academics, and NGOs. They are open for all and free of charge.’

[Text sourced via Journalism Arena]

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19 – 28 October

Virtual + networking in person

Organised by, Newsrewired returns for its 28th journalism conference, discussing the latest media trends and innovations about digital publishing. A key theme this year is audience growth, and session include the use of social media, audience values and diversity in the newsroom. Inviting media stakeholders including journalists, academics, media executives and industry experts to join on four online sessions, with a networking event taking place in London

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Climate Journalism – Demanding Environmental Accountability Around the Globe

20 October


Internews will host an interview with journalist and Internews Fellow Frerick Mugira, exploring the impact of climate media and the changing roles of climate journalists. The event will feature a 15-minute interview followed by a 15-minute Q&A session. 

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Learning at Home While Under-Connected and How Public Media Can Help

26 October


“Learning at Home While Under-Connected: Lower-Income Families During the COVID-19 Pandemic” follows up on 2016’s “Opportunity for All? Technology and Learning in Lower-Income Families”, to uncover the perspectives of lower-income parents with children ages 3 to 13.

From the earliest days of the pandemic, public media organizations around the country mobilized to address the needs of their communities. This panel will explore the local public media stations can play in diagnosing community needs and sharing learning resources for all children and families.

[Text sourced from Joan Ganz Cooney Center]

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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

1-5 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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International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists – Roundtable Discussion

3 November

To celebrate the 2021 International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists, a hybrid format high-level roundtable discussion will be organized on 3 November 2021 by Ossigeno per l’informazione at the Syracuse International Institute for Criminal Justice and Human Rights in Syracuse, Italy. The roundtable will provide a platform for dialogue among prosecutors and journalists on prevention and protection measures to address the safety of journalists, and it will highlight the instrumental role of prosecutorial services in investigating and prosecuting not only killings, but also threats of violence against journalists.

[Text sourced from UNESCO]

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The International Women’s Media Foundation’s 2021 Courage in Journalism Awards

4 November


For more than 30 years, the International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF) has awarded more than 100 women journalists from 56 countries for their exhibited courage as they executed their jobs. The organisation will continue its tradition in 2021, honouring five awardees who have persisted despite growing challenges facing women journalists. The event will be hosted by veteran journalist Christiane Amanpour.

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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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‘Journalism in Times of Polarization and Disinformation in Latin America:’


9 November

LLILAS Benson Latin American Studies and Collections and the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas at the University of Texas at Austin will host a webinar on polarization, disinformation and the role of the press in protecting democracy and freedom of expression in the region.

[Text sourced from Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas]

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Vision 2022: An Imperative for Public Media’s Future

10 November


Vision 2022: An Imperative for Public Media’s Future is a call to conscience, action and education to intensify the work of strategically addressing diversity, equity and inclusion in our industry. One year since Public Media For All’s inaugural day of Action and Education, we’ll reflect back on what we’ve accomplished with our first cohort of stations and set an agenda of reform for the coming year.

[Text sourced from Public Media For All]

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The AIB 2021 Awards Presentations

12 and 15 November – Virtual

The Association for International Broadcasting (AIB) is hosting a two-part awards programme, showcasing the diversity of content submitted in its international competition this year.

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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.

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PMA presents PMA Unpacked: Commercial funding for PSM

26 November via Zoom

The Public Media Alliance is running a new series of thematic roundtable forums, exclusive to PMA members around the world.

Each session, a small group of PMA member employees will gather to informally exchange knowledge and best practices, and discuss how their organisations manage operations across different subject areas. Participants will be encouraged to discuss their successes, innovations and the challenges they face.

The first topic up for discussion is commercial funding for public service media.

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IBC 2021

3 – 6 December – Hybrid

‘As the world’s most inspiring content and technology show, IBC focuses on Empowering Content Everywhere to drive thought leadership and innovation across the broadcast and electronic media industry… IBC will mark a new era of inclusive hybrid events, with a live event at The RAI in Amsterdam and more content than ever before available to our 250,000 community online.’

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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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Data-Driven Investigations – Online, Intensive (AM)

13 – 17 December

The Centre for Investigative Journalism (CIJ) is hosting a 5-day online, intensive course that will give nine participants the ‘to take their core data skills to the next level and combine them with advanced internet research for rich, in-depth investigations.’

Explore more of CIJ’s training courses here.

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Last updated on 15 October 2021.

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