Today’s newsrooms have access to an unprecedented array of digital tools to cover breaking news. The revolution in communications technology allows journalists in the field to disseminate text, photos, audio and video on in a flurry of real time updates. The proliferation of social media allows for interaction between news organizations and media consumers like never before, and adapting to these changes has proven to be a critical component in the work of news media professionals.
The hallmark of the Media 2.0 age was its profound shift from the linear media paradigm of the past. While experts remain divided on how exactly to define the coming Media 3.0 era, social interaction between media consumers and producers will likely come to play an even larger role. An important question faces journalists, producers, and editors thrust in the torrent of incoming information and audience demands. How can journalists succeed in this environment while holding true to journalistic principles and meet their obligations to provide the public with accurate and reliable information needed to function in society?
■ Keynote Speaker : Richard Porter : Controller of English, BBC Global News
The reach of international news has never been wider. The pace of publishing has never been faster. News professionals competing in this environment must balance the need for speed, clicks and buzz with core journalistic principles. The cornerstones of journalism such as truth and loyalty to the public interest can be eroded by global trends and technologies, but how can the rapid advances in the media industry contribute to excellence in global reporting?
■ Moderator : Joohee Cho : Seoul Bureau Chief and Correspondent, ABC News
As the axis of change and innovation swings toward the Asia-Pacific, media organizations in the region strive to amplify the impact of their views and outlook around the world. To this end, major news organizations in the region have established international news networks that adopt and implement the tools of the digital media revolution and seek ways to overcome the barriers of language and cultural differences. How can Asia-Pacific media organizations develop their news values to ensure that once they capture the ears of global consumers, they keep listening?
■ Moderator : Javad Mottaghi : Secretary-General, Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union
The digital divide remains a pressing problem, with internet penetration in Asia and Africa reaching roughly 25%. But major news events driven by social media – the Arab Spring in 2011 and political unrest in various other regions – have stirred traditional news outlets out of hibernation. As regions with unique regional, social, and cultural challenges adapt to the Media 3.0 Era, collaboration between broadcasters, media companies and other organizations becomes essential. Moving forward, three major challenges will be addressed: (1) how to achieve security without sacrificing liberty, (2) how to protect confidentiality while maintaining transparency, and (3) how to encourage free expression while fostering civility.
■ Moderator : João Francisco Pinto : Portuguese News and Program Controller, TDM Macau