15.05.2018 - UNESCO Office in Jakarta

Going back to the basics of journalism

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In this age of social media, journalists are faced with the daunting task of competing with a host of different platforms, vying for the diminishing attention span of the readers, viewers, and listeners. Yet, this is perhaps an ideal time for deep reflection for the journalism community and essentially “go back to the basics”—to produce journalism for that is for public interest.

Going back to the basics, was the main message delivered by Dr. Ming-Kuok Lim, the Advisor for Communications and Information for UNESCO Office based in Jakarta at the 15th Asia Media Summit which took place in New Delhi from 10-12 May 2018. He also encouraged the participants to do three things that will help improve the newsroom and journalism including verifying if their newsroom is practicing any code of ethics, if the newsroom has a safety protocol, and if they have an audience engagement plan.

H.E. Mr Hasanul Haq Inu, the Minister of Information of Bangladesh, H.E. Dr. Khieu Kanharith, Minister of Information of Cambodia, Mr Sam Seog Ko, the Standing Commissioner of Korea Communications Commission, Mr. Vineet Jain, the Managing Director of Times Group as well as Mr. Shigeru Aoyagi, the Director of the UNESCO New Delhi Office opened the event.

A variety of issues were discussed at the summit including media regulation policies, ethics, laws, commercial success of news, new technologies in the broadcasting and film industries, new business models, and issues related to the sustainable development goals.

The event was organized by the Asia-Pacific Institute for Broadcasting Development (AIBD) based in Kuala Lumpur together with the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting of India, the Indian Institute of Mass Communication, and BECIL with journalists, broadcasters, and private media companies coming from different countries in Asia and the Pacific region.

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