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

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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Anti-SLAPP Conference: Countering Legal Threats against Media Freedom

November 22-23

Hybrid event (London and online)

Journalists around the world are facing a significant, yet often hidden, challenge to their role as public watchdogs. The use of vexatious legal threats, often referred to as Strategic Lawsuits against Public Participation (SLAPP), have proliferated globally in recent years. […] This two-day conference will bring together experts from across the globe to delve into this topic and examine the impact it has on journalists, media freedom and wider society.

[Text sourced from the Foreign Policy Centre]


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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Southeast Asia Regional Research Report and Media Recovery Plan – Webinar launch


The Public Media Alliance and its regional partner, Asia Democracy Network (ADN), with support from the UNESCO-IPDC programme, will launch its regional research report on the impacts of COVID-19 on the Southeast Asia media landscape, alongside a media recovery plan. Participants will hear from keynote speakers and the project facilitators.

Find out more about the project here

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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 December


This conference will bring out key perspectives on what is needed to underpin the ongoing viability of public service media (PSM), including funding, accountability, and diversity, as well as ensuring that the sector is representative of the society it serves and continues to be relevant in the digital age.

This conference is taking place in the context of the DCMS Committee report – The Future of Public Service Broadcasting – which made a range of recommendations aimed at enabling public service broadcasters (PSBs) to compete more effectively with on-demand streaming services, including proposals for increased collaboration among PSBs.

It also takes place in the context of the Ofcom Small Screen: Big Debate study of public service broadcasting and follows the COVID-19 pandemic, which has led to changing viewing habits among audiences, including a greater appetite for on-demand services.

Keynote contributions will include:

Vikki Cook, Director, Diversity in UK Broadcasting, Ofcom

Professor Catherine Johnson, Professor in Media & Communication, University of Huddersfield; and Special Advisor, DCMS Select Committee Inquiry into the Future of Public Service Broadcasting

Clare Sumner, Director, Policy, BBC

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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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European Radio and Digital Audio Show

20 – 22 January 2022


Participants will gather in Paris to discuss all things related to audio, music and podcasting.

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Priorities for tackling fake news and improving media literacy

8 February 2022


The Westminster Media Forum is hosting a webinar to address the ‘current progress in tackling fake news and disinformation – as well as the relationship between platforms, regulators, and governments, the effective defining of parameters and accommodating free expression, and priorities for improving media literacy among businesses, younger people, and across the wider user base.’

Speakers include representatives from Ofcom, BBC, Twitter, YouTube, the European Broadcasting Union, the Global Health Literacy Academy, Logically, the London School of Economics, the National Literacy Trust, Parent Zone, Reuters, and the University of Exeter.

[Text sourced from The Westminster Media Forum]

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Last updated on 26 November 2021.

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