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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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.

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Radiodays Asia (Catch Up)

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.

The Catch Up platform will be available for two weeks after the event.

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Poynter session on vaccine hesitancy

31 March 2021


In this 45-minute On Poynt session, you will get the most up-to-date information about who’s not getting the COVID-19 vaccine, why and what journalists can do about it.

You will learn:

  • Who is getting vaccinated and why, going beyond partisan and racial lines
  • How one local journalist listens, responds and ultimately persuades members of his community to get vaccinated
  • What strategies journalists might use to impact vaccine hesitancy in their communities

A recording will be available within 72 hours. This session will be available as a course via Poynter.

[Text sourced from Poynter]

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April 2021

Digital Rights and Inclusion Forum 2021

12-30 April

From April 12 till April 30, 12 African countries will host virtual and in-person sessions where discussions that enrich and broaden on Internet freedom and digital rights in Africa will be held.

The opening ceremony will provide an opportunity to welcome the DRIF community to the multi-country digital festival hosted online and offline. The session will comprise a keynote address followed by a chat on digital rights in Africa and end with a launch of Londa, a report on the state of digital rights and inclusion in Africa.

[Text sourced from GFMD]

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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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RISJ Digital Deep Dives sessions

20 April

The Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism is hosting a series of digital workshops for global specialised journalists. The workshops offer the opportunity for journalists to connect with academics from the University of Oxford. Interested persons must register by 12 April for the Climate Change Reporting session.

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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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Webinar about gender equality in the media

28 April 2021

On 28 April 2021, Nordicom and the Department of Journalism, Media and Communication (JMG) at the University of Gothenburg will hold a webinar about the project Comparing Gender and Media Equality Across the Globe (GEM). Meet the editors and authors, listen to presentations of the main takeaways, and take part in discussions about why gender and media still matters.

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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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June 2021

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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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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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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Last updated on 9 April 2021.

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