As a large number of media outlets drastically cut back on their international reporting budgets, what does the future hold for comprehensive foreign coverage?
The Summit will bring together a multi-disciplinary group of internationally recognized Northern and Southern journalists, media educators, development and humanitarian practitioners, donors, and media decision makers engaged in international development, foreign policy and international reporting.
Friday, May 15, 2009
8:30am – 5:00pm
Millennium UN Plaza Hotel
One UN Plaza, NY, NY 10017
Summit Advisory Committee:
Onica Makwakwa Executive Director UNITY: Journalists of Color
Edith Grace Ssempala Director of International Affairs World Bank
James Deane Head of Policy Development BBC World Service Trust
Michael Castlen Executive Director PCI Media Impact
Nathalie Applewhite Associate Director Pulitzer Center On Crisis Reporting
10:00-11:30 AM: Nathalie will be moderating the panel "Emerging Trends in International Reporting," which will assess and identify emerging trends in journalism, particularly in foreign news coverage. Including how these new tools could be utilized effectively to fill the growing gap in international news coverage.
Confirmed panelists include:
Fred Guertl of Newsweek International
Sandra Nyaira of Voice of America
Solana Larsen of Global Voices Online
About the Summit:
As the largest alliance of U.S. based international humanitarian and development non-governmental organizations, InterAction is very concerned about the dwindling number of foreign news bureaus. We strongly believe in the crucial contribution of international reporting, which brings an essential global perspective to our national challenges.
· To promote exchange of innovative media experiences and best practices among journalists covering international development issues
· To establish a permanent dialogue among international relief and development practitioners, journalists and media decision makers
· To reinforce the importance of the critical role of the global media community as an equal stakeholder in the development debate
· To develop a shared conceptual framework for international development reporting
The Summit will bring together a broader group of national and international journalists, media educators, development and humanitarian practitioners, donors, and media decision makers. Our event partners include, UNITY: Journalists of Color, the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, The World Bank, and the BBC World Service Trust. InterAction's Media Summit during last year's Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development's (OECD) High level Forum in Ghana was very well attended by numerous organizations, including BBC World Service Trust, InterPress Service, USAID, Reuters and SABC.
The fundamental goal for this Summit is simple, but necessary: to reinforce the importance of the critical role of the global media community as an equal stakeholder in the international development debate, and by doing so, explore ways we can continue to inform public perceptions of the world we live in.