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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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”.

To find out more, follow the link below.

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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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European Radio Show 2019 – Pilot committee

Ground Control, Paris

June 22

Partners, professional organisations, institutions and exhibitors are welcome to participate to this pilot committee to present and discuss the ideas and the organisation around the European Radio Show 2019. This meeting will be followed by the RADIO 2.0 webinar season III “Native Podcast”.

(Text adapted from European Radio Show 2019)

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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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Kingston, Jamaica | 13 August 2018

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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Reuters, Canary Wharf, London, UK

11 July

The day will feature a mix of workshops and panel discussions about the latest tools, trends and techniques in digital journalism.

Some of the subjects will include constructive journalismjournalism beyond the news cycle, editorial newsletters and building communities on social media.

Tickets for the conference and workshops are available via the Journalism.co.uk website. Follow the link below for more details.

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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.

Industry Forum on Digital Broadcasting Infrastructure and Platforms 

Lagos, Nigeria

22-23 August 

This 2 days interactive forum is specially designed to provide broadcasters, as well as other industry stakeholders, with crucial information and knowledge on how to successfully build and manage viable digital broadcasting infrastructure and platforms. Key themes will include the future of television, understand the roles of DTH platforms in the DTT ecosystems, content strategies for digital terrestrial television, oppotunities with cost-effective video distribution for broadcasters and much more.

[Text adapted from Broadcast Media Africa]

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September 2018

Journalism, Media and Democracy (JMAD) Conference

School of Communication Studies, Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand

6-7 September 2018

The Internet and social media create new opportunities for surveillance. Governments, military organisations, intelligence agencies, corporations, market researchers, and advertisers have the capacity to erase privacy and reshape the conditions of human autonomy. Mass media representations can, potentially, legitimise or delegitimise contemporary surveillance practices. These developments threaten journalistic practice just as they create new opportunities for counter-surveilling institutions of power. How then, should we understand the interrelationships which conjoin journalism, media and surveillance? Conference participants will, we hope, respond to this general question. Here, the following themes suggest themselves.

[Text sourced from AUT]

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Austin, Texas, USA

13-15 September 2018

“There’s no better place than the Online News Association’s annual conference to learn about the latest digital trends from industry leaders, test new tools and connect with peers to share your work. We’re committed to continuing that tradition — bringing together the brightest minds in digital journalism to share innovative ideas and imagine what’s possible for the future.”

[Text sourced from Onine News Association]

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IPDC Talks: Good Laws, Good Practices

Cartago, Tunisia

26 September 2018

In celebration of the third international Day for Universal Access to Information

On 26 September 2018 in Cartago, Tunisia, the International Programme for the Development of Communication (IPDC) will host the third whole-day event ‘IPDC Talks: Good laws, Good Practices‘. The ‘IPDCtalks’ will be held to highlight and elaborate on the importance of Access to Information for all sustainable development efforts around the world. It consists of a series of attractive and dynamic talks from global public leaders, prominent journalists, NGOs, creative policymakers and community leaders. The 2018 IPDC Talks will provide a platform for different societal actors to promote and highlight concrete examples of innovative and creative Access to Information-initiatives that facilitate public engagement and progress towards the Sustaianble Development Goals.

[Text sourced from UNESCO]

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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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The African Investigative Journalism Conference

University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg

29-31 October

This is the largest gathering of investigative journalists in Africa, organised by Wits Journalism. It follows the highly successful global conference (GIJC2017), which we hosted last year.

Keep updated on the conference programme via the link below. 

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November 2018

IWMF: 2018 Courage in Journalism Awards

Washington DC, USA

1 November

Overcoming attacks, oppression, and a stubborn glass ceiling, women journalists worldwide persevere in their pursuit of the truth.

The IWMF will honor the brave journalists who report on taboo topics, work in environments hostile to women, and share difficult truths at the 2018 Courage in Journalism Awards in New York and Washington, DC. We hope you will join us!

[Text sourced from IWMF]

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Colpin 2018

Bogotá, Colombia

8-11 November

The Press and Society Institute (IPYS) of Peru , the Editorial Board of Colombia and Transparency International (TI) will celebrate from November 8 to 11 at the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Bogotá,Colombia, the 2018 edition of the Latin American Conference of Investigative Journalism (Colpin) , the largest gathering of Latin American research journalists.

In this event, the best investigative journalism works of the region that have been published in the press, radio and television will be recognized and exhibited for four days, thus generating a way to distinguish the authors and discuss with them strategies to reveal and confront the corruption.

[Text sourced from Colpin 2018]

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