Program 2011

FoME 2011 SYMPOSIUM Final Program
Hype or hope? The impact of digital media on journalism and development

October 25th – 26th 2011

Welcome Address
Helmut Osang, DW-Akademie, FoME

Keynote: Mapping Digital Media
Mark Thompson – Open Society Foundation/Media Program

Mapping Digital Media: Case Studies from Moldova and Macedonia
OSF’s “Mapping Digital Media: Citizen Journalism and the Internet” project examines the opportunities and risks created by the transition from traditional to digital media in 60 countries. The project explores how these changes affect the core democratic function of any media system. The presentation will briefly introduce the range and methodology of the research project, and present the findings of the first reports completed.

Victor Gotisan – Mapping Digital Media/Moldova
Roberto Belicanec – Mapping Digital Media/Macedonia

Topic 1 – The Future of Journalism

Keynote: The Future of Journalism
Justin Arenstein, Association of Independent Publishers, Rest of the World Media

The Future of Digital Investigative Journalism in the Digital Age
The traditional media industry is rapidly changing. What are the effects on the supreme discipline of investigative journalism? What new tools and approaches are being used and what models of financing investigative journalism in the future are being developed?

Jelena Jovanović – Balkan Investigative Reporting Network (BIRN)
Gustavo Gorriti – IDL Reporteros

Topic 2: New Tools for Storytellers

Data Journalism
New technologies and movements for open data are making it easier to navigate through and analyze large amounts of data. What opportunities and challenges does data based journalism create for journalists in developing contexts today? What data is available where and what skills are needed to use data more effectively and generate stories?

Dr. Carl-Christian Buhr – EU Digital Agenda
Helen Darbishire – Access Info Europe
Johnny West –

Mobile Journalism
How can short message services, new smartphones and applications for mobile reporting be used in the context of media development? To which extend can ‘traditional’ journalists still claim the lead in media coverage and content sharing?

Brenda Burrell – Kubatana/Freedom Fone
Sean Mc Donald – FrontlineSMS

Topic 3 – New Media, New Partnerships for Media Development?

New Media, New Partnerships?

Citizen journalists as new partners for media development organizations: How can media development, citizen journalists and media entrepreneurs work together to promote free and independent media? Who and what is already being supported, with what objectives? Who is the target group, who are the partners and donors? And how to connect them with each other?

Ivan Sigal – Global Voices Online
A.S. Panneerselvan – PANOS South Asia

Topic 4 – Security in the Digital Era

Security Threats in the Digital Era
With the growing use of the Internet as a channel for political communication, activism and journalism, authoritarian governments are becoming increasingly eager to control the net, in particular to silence critical voices. Internet Filtering, censorship, identity theft and repressions against bloggers are increasing, not only in countries such as China and Iran. What threats do media organizations and journalists working online need to be aware of and how can they protect themselves?

Fadi Salem – Dubai School of Government/Arab Social Media Report
Thaweeporn Kummetha – Thai Netizen Network

Break-Out Sessions

Workshop 1: Augmenting New and Old.
Social Media and Open-­Source in Radio and Newsrooms

Adam Thomas, Sourcefabric

Workshop 2: Navigating the Digital.
Getting your Message Heard and Staying Safe

Marek Tuszynski, Tactical Technology Collective

Workshop 3: Crowdsourcing Journalism.
How to Involve Those Closest to the Story

Gavin Sheridan –

A Sneak Preview

The Future of Technology and Media in Development
Infrastructure and lack of connectivity are often considered the main problem in developing countries when it comes to using new media. With the mobile revolution and backbone development taking place, this situation may soon be improving significantly. In this final session, we will attempt a view into the future: What are the trends and visions for connectivity in developing countries and what will be their impact on journalism?

Sarah Britten – Memeburn, Thought Leader
Joined by Justin Arenstein and Gavin Sheridan.

Closing Address

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