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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March 2021

‘Envisioning Public Service Media Utopias’ – Final InnoPSM Workshop

Online conference: March 2021

The InnoPSM Research Network project has resumed and will be delivering its final workshop “as an online discussion” from December 2020 through January 2021. The discussion will cover four themes: PSM’s Challenges; Visions of Change; Utopias and Public Service Internet.

An online conference will take place in March 2021 to reveal the findings, conclusions and recommendations.

More details about the Research Network and workshop in the video below, presented by Minna Aslama Horowitz of the University of Helsinki and Alessandro D’Arma of the University of Westminster.

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Media Freedom and Its Threats in Africa 

2 March

Online: via Zoom

The US-based Society of Professional Journalists is hosting a webinar on the African media landscape and the threats it is facing. Led by Dr. Farooq Kperogi, an Atlanta-based journalist, newspaper columnist, author, professor and blogger, the webinar will feature a discussion on the threats to unfettered access to news and information in some of African countries.

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Digital Media India 2021 

2-4 March 2021

Virtual – India based

The Digital Media India 2021 conference brings you conversations around editorial, digital, and business topics. You can interact and exchange ideas with more than 200 senior publishing executives from over 15 countries, CEOs, journalists, digital editors-in-chief and so many others. Topics include digital subscription, audience development, tech versus content, and user engagement and retention. 

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Dialogues@ Series of Webinars – Youth, Media and Culture Network and IAPMR

4, 11, 18 March


The Youth, Media and Culture Network (YMCN) is working in collaboration with the International Association of Public Media Researchers (IAPMR) to present three interlinked webinars that will focus on how public media can work for and work with young people.

The Youth, Media and Culture Network is a group of researchers from the UK, Canada and Germany who are focussing on audience and practitioner perspectives relating to young people’s engagement with Public Service Media.” 

Key dates, times and titles:

  1. 4th March, 16:30 – 18:00 GMT Platforms & Public Service Media
  2. 11th March, 16:30 – 18:00 GMT Eudaimonic Media, Positive Psychology & Public Service Media
  3. 18th March, 16:30 – 18:00 GMT Co-concepting with Young People & PSM

Click on the link for each seminar to find out more details.

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DAB+ at the heart of hybrid radio

10 March 2021


Hybrid radio – the combination of broadcast and IP – allows radio to stay relevant in the competitive entertainment world inside the connected car, offering an app-like experience for the listener and new business opportunities for broadcasters. 

Join this live, two-hour session where WorldDAB and EBU experts share their insights on how broadcasters can keep radio strong in the car, with DAB+ at the heart of the hybrid radio experience.”

[Text sourced from DAB+]

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Reuters Institute’s global journalism seminar series

13 January to 10 March 2021

Reuters Institute is hosting a weekly seminar series from January through early March. Remaining seminars include “Lessons in slowing down the newsroom” on 27 January; “Holding power to account in Zimbabwe” on 3 February; “keeping tech accountable” on 10 February; “‘El País’ lessons in pandemic coverage” on 17 February; “Stuff’s 2020 Facebook exit” on 24 February; “Covering the cartels: ‘Zeta’s mission’” on 3 March; and “News Media in the Far East” on 10 March.  

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“Trust Me!” Truthfulness and Truth Claims across Media

10 – 12 March 2021

Linnaeus University, Sweden – Virtual

“What role does media and communication play in our perception of truth? How is truthful mediation constructed? These issues and much more will be discussed during the conference “Trust Me!” at Linnaeus University on March 10-12, 2021.

This conference addresses issues of truth claims and truthfulness in media in times of “post-truth”, “fake news”, and “alternative facts”. What is the role of media and communication in our perception of truth? How is truthful mediation constructed, and how might intermedial and multimodal concepts and methodological approaches be used to analyse it?

[Text sourced from NordMedia Network]

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17 March 2021

Online via Zoom

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.

Join the Public Media Alliance for a 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.

Webinar registration here.

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BBC’s Trust in News conference

22 – 24 March


Across three days, UK public broadcaster, the BBC, is hosting a series of sessions that will explore what it has learnt about tackling mis- and disinformation since it set up the Trusted News Initiative in 2019. It will also cover the impact that disinformation can have on democracy; engaging hard to reach audiences; young people and media literacy and how to protect the future of journalism.

Find out more about the Trusted News Initiative and its recent projects here.

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Radiodays Asia

24 – 26 March 2021


Radiodays Asia rescheduled its second international gathering of producers, media practitioners, academics and all other parties interested in the future of radio in Asia for March 2021. The event will take place virtually. We recommend regularly looking back at the event website as organisers have been sharing updates about sessions and confirmed speakers for the conference.


Those wishing to attend from Public Media Alliance members are eligible for a 10USD discount off the official price. Please contact us at editor[at]publicmediaalliance.org for more details.

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April 2021

ABU Digital Broadcasting Symposium 2021


5-8 April 2021

The ABU Digital Broadcasting Symposium, now a prominent event within the industry calendar, provides international and regional exposure to our members and industry partners. The 4-day event will take place virtually this year and will comprise of online conference sessions, workshops and masterclasses presented by industry leading experts. The event will also provide the opportunity to connect with products and solutions providers through the online exhibition. 

[Text sourced from WorldDAB]

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Media Freedom Symposium – PMA & AIB


19 April (TBC)

The Public Media Alliance, in partnership with the Association for International Broadcasters (AIB) and supported by the Al Jazeera Media Network (AJMN), is bringing together the international media industry in an online symposium that will explore ways to improve and better cover media freedom issues worldwide.

We are also inviting journalists, editors, producers and other media workers among news organisations worldwide to take part in a survey that will help to inform the symposium. You can complete the survey anonymously.

Take part in the survey here.

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Amnesty Media Awards 2021

28 April 2021


Amnesty International’s Media Awards ceremony will take place virtually to showcase examples of human rights journalism and celebrate the determination of journalists who put their lives at risk to tell stories of human rights abuses.

Entries for the Awards are now closed.

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May 2021

World Press Freedom Day 2021 International Conference

1-3 May

Windhoek, Namibia and virtual

UNESCO’s World Press Freedom Day (3 May) provides an opportunity to remind governments of their commitments towards protecting press freedom. The theme for this year’s WPFD is “Information as a Public Good”. 

UNESCO is hosting the 2021 International Conference with the Government of Namibia across three days. The conference will have a hybrid nature by combining in-person and virtual participation. This will allow media workers, academics, researchers, film-makers, activists and more to take part from all over the world. It will also be an opportunity to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the Windhoek Declaration for the Development of a Free, Independent and Pluralistic Press.

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Last updated on 5 March 2021.

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