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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Catchup with our recent events

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

Freelance journalism empowerment conference

8-10 June

On 8 – 10 June, freelance journalists from all across the world will come together for the Freelance journalism empowerment conference to gain new skills, create meaningful connections and celebrate the power of the community to make a difference.

The freelance journalism community has proven, time and again, its ability to uncover and produce quality, independent and innovative stories on the world’s most dire challenges. Freelancers make a difference with their journalism work, a power that may now be more necessary than ever.”

[Text sourced from Freelance Journalism Assembly] 

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WAN-IFRA Virtual Newsroom Summit

8-10 June

2021 will continue to be a year of further collaboration and joint learnings as publishers tackle all the same challenges around the world. On 8 – 10 June, newsroom leaders around the world will meet to discuss how newsrooms have changed in the past months and their plans for 2021 in leading remotely while remaining agile. How are publishers adding value for their readers to keep them on board and engaged during these challenging times? Join us for inspiration and discussions! This year we will devote one day to CMS solutions.

[Text sourced from WAN-IFRA]

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Webinar: MIL in France

9 June

In the final event of its ‘Media Literacy in Europe: Country Approaches’ webinar series, the NordMedia Network will explore the Media and Information Literacy (MIL) landscape in France, and its current news, updates, and experiences in this area.

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Global Media Forum 2021

14-15 June

The 2021 Deutsche Welle (DW) Global Media Forum will be held as a hybrid event and will explore ways to address disruptions through innovation. Preliminary themes include “diversity – a future strategy for quality media”; “mission impossible? Political communication in the era of disruption”; and “conspiracy theories and fake news – how media can regain trust.” The Forum provides a platform for media professionals, as well as decision-makers from culture, business, politics, education, and other sectors, to get together and learn through intercultural exchange. 

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Virtual PRIX Jeunesse Conference

14-15 June

Via Microsoft Teams

While the worldwide pandemic still has a grip on all of us, we would like to bring the world of children’s TV together in this non-festival year. In a two day conference on 14th /15th June you will have a chance on the first day to learn about news for children. On the second day the winners and runners’ up of PRIX JEUNESSE INTERNATIONAL 2020 will talk about their newest projects and tell how they are managing in these challenging pandemic times.”

[Text sourced from PRIX Jeunesse]

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CBC/Radio-Canada’s Annual Public Meeting 2021

15 June

CBC/Radio-Canada is inviting all Canadians to its Annual Public Meeting on Wednesday, June 16. Hosted by Le Téléjournal’s Céline Galipeau, this virtual event will allow Canadians to hear from six CBC/Radio-Canada foreign correspondents about the impact of fake news, the rise of online hate, and the increasing threats facing journalists worldwide. Audience questions may be submitted in advance by email to Michael Goldbloom, Chair of the Board of Directors, and Catherine Tait, President and CEO, will also provide an update to Canadians on the state of their national public broadcaster in a segment hosted by CBC Montreal’s Catherine Verdon-Diamond.

[Text sourced from CBC/Radio-Canada]

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PMJA 2021 Virtual Conference

22-24 June

This year’s Public Media Journalists Association (PMJA) Conference has gone virtual! The event will feature several sessions, targeted at journalists across all levels of an organisation. PMJA supports, empowers and advocates for journalists working in public media. 

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Last updated on 21 June 2021.

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