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Challenges to Media Development Require Global Solutions and Multi-Stakeholder Action

GFMD is co-hosting a session titled “Trump, Brexit and the Future of Independent Media and Digital Rights Activism” at the Access Now RightsCon event to be held in Brussels from 29-31 March 2017. The session is led by Susan Abbott of Cross-Pollinate Consulting; Susan is an independent consultant, providing services in the areas of programme monitoring and evaluation, research, project management, and capacity building in support of independent media, digital rights, and access to information. She has worked with both state and private institutions including USAID, US Department of State, Access Now, CIMA, and Fondation Hirondelle among others. The roundtable discussion at RightsCon will include Andrew Stroehlein of Human Rights Watch, Mira Milosevic of Global Forum for Media Development (GFMD), Javier Ruiz of Open Rights Group, Kate Coyer of Central European University and Berkman Center, Tara Susman-Pena of IREX, Rohan Jayasekera, independent consultant, and Friedrich Lindenberg of OCCRP. Also joining us will be Anne Marie Hammer and Caroline Giraud of GFMD.

Not to be Missed Sessions on Media Development and Digital Rights at RightsCon Brussels, 2017

In its workshop on encryption and safety of journalists, UNESCO will carry forward the human rights discussion on encryption by launching its new edition of the Organisation’s Internet Freedom Series publication: Human Rights Aspects of Encryption. In a workshop on digital whistleblowing and investigative journalism, Free Press Unlimited (FPU), aims to draw up a manifesto for the press freedom activist: ±10 things to think of when setting up your digital whistleblowing and investigative journalism initiative. In another session, FPU will feature the tech demo of its current chatbot prototype aimed at promoting participatory investigative journalism. Internews will showcase its professional audit framework called SAFETAG, which is an organisational security assessment framework built to balance organisational capacity with prioritised and customised security outcomes based on risks collaboratively identified with the organisation. Beirut-based Social Media Exchange (SMEX) will gather input on its Arab Digital Rights dataset with the aim of generating new ideas for tracking and visualising legal frameworks for digital rights and freedom of expression online as well as conducting legal advocacy in the Global South.

GFMD is Glad to Welcome WAN-IFRA: Find Out More about Their Flagship Media Development Initiative for Gender Inclusivity- Women in News

Women in News (WIN) is WAN-IFRA’s flagship initiative that aims to take forward the organisational mandate of removing structural barriers to media freedom by advocating for the equity of voice and participation of all members of a community, especially where customary social institutions deny women the right and the opportunity to participate equitably in civic life. “It is through helpful platforms such as the Global Forum for Media Development that WAN-IFRA hopes to contribute to the conversation and work towards aligning our own activities - such as Women in News - with other media development organisations, in order to collectively progress towards change”, said Melanie Walker, Programme Head of Women in News and Director of Media Development at WAN-IFRA.

Annenberg-Oxford Media Policy Summer Institute is Currently Accepting Applications- Deadline is 14 April 2017

The Annenberg School for Communications at the University of Pennsylvania and the Programme for Comparative Media Law and Policy at Oxford University urge you to apply for  the 19th annual Annenberg-Oxford Media Policy Summer Institute, to be held from 26 June-7 July 2017 at the University of Oxford. For eighteen years, the Institute has brought together top early career communications scholars, media lawyers and regulators, human rights activists, and policymakers from countries around the world to discuss the effects of technology and policy from a global and multidisciplinary perspective and engage in hands-on media policy research methods training sessions and activities.

Migration Media Award 2017Migration Media Award 2017

The Migration Media Award will recognise and reward the excellence, relevance, and newsworthiness of up to 36 journalism pieces dealing with migration in the Euro-Mediterranean region in all its aspects. The award consists of winning an EU-funded contract to produce a new, original, longer, or more detailed, more researched content covering other aspects of migration or the issue initially dealt with. Deadline for receiving applications is 9 April 2017.

Forecasting Freedom of Information Report

In an important contribution to Sunshine Week, University of Arizona’s Associate Professor of Journalism David Cuillier published a report that shines a light on access to public information, both on the state and national levels. The Knight Foundation-supported report, “Forecasting Freedom of Information,” confirmed what many journalists are experiencing in the field: obtaining public records has become more difficult in the past four years – with lengthy delays, ignored requests, excessive fees and outmoded technology. The report is based on a survey of 300 people- journalists, advocates, record custodians, technology companies, scholars and freedom of information experts, and includes recommendations of what can be done to defend the public’s right to know.

GFMD Internship

The Global Forum for Media Development (GFMD is a non-profit international membership network of media assistance groups that highlights the importance of independent, pluralistic and sustainable media in social and economic development. GFMD members share a common goal: to foster free, professional and pluralistic media, leading to more open societies, greater transparency and enhanced freedom of expression. The headquarters are located in Brussels.
The GFMD seeks high potential interns to work from its head office in Brussels, from April 2017.

ICFJ is Conducting the First Global Survey on Technology in Newsrooms backed by Storyful and Google News Lab

The International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) is conducting a valuable survey on the State of Technology in Global Newsrooms. This unique study will shed much-needed light on how news media professionals around the world are embracing the digital revolution. The study will identify key trends shaping our business as technology redefines how we produce and distribute the news. We will highlight regional trends and discuss which technologies are having the greatest impact. Your knowledge and experience are essential to the success of this project. The survey will take no more than 15 minutes to complete. Your responses will be kept confidential. The data will be reported in the aggregate, and no individual or organisation will be identified. The survey can be completed in 12 languages. You can read more about the survey by following the link below.
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