2016 Jakarta World Forum for Media Development

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Tuesday, September 20

14:00 PDT

Linking Research & Practice 1: Creating networks and communities of practice around media development research

In this interactive session we invite researchers and practitioners to share critical questions and research needs, with the goal of identifying new opportunities to collaboratively improve our work. A round of speed networking will help us get to know each other’s strengths, interests, needs, and priorities. We will then then break into small groups to focus on select key research questions, for example, on how to do better research to track progress on and impact of SDG 16.10. We will also outline action plans for research on these questions. Break out groups will be led by Susan Abbott, independent consultant; Ioana Avadani, Executive Director, Center for Independent Journalism, Romania; Ines Drefs, Research Associate, MeCoDEM, Germany; Dr. Inaya Rakhmani, Director, Communication Research Centre, Universitas Indonesia;  and Diana Senghor, Director General, Panos Institute West Africa.

This session is linked to Leveraging M&E Data for Understanding Media Development's Impact: Setting Stage for a Collaborative, Cross-Organizational Research. You are welcome to join either or both of the sessions.

Both sessions build on the momentum of the recent CIMA workshop, "Media and the Development Challenge: New Frontiers in Media Development Research,” which brought together scholars and practitioners to discuss the foundations of the media development field, identify gaps in research, and explore ways that the global academic community and media development practitioners can collaborate more effectively to strengthen media development approaches and outcomes.

Rapporteur for the session: Adam Saffer, Assistnat Professor, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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Tara Susman-Peña

Senior Technical Advisor, IREX
Tara Susman-Peña is senior technical advisor at IREX, where she is working to adapt and expand the global development nonprofit’s media and information literacy program, Learn to Discern, for the United States and other countries. An expert on media and communications technology... Read More →

Tuesday September 20, 2016 14:00 - 15:30 PDT
Wednesday, September 21

09:00 PDT

Circumventing Legal Threats, OCCRP

The threats in many countries are changing as investigative and other journalists seek to report on people in money and power. Increasingly, powerful persons are using legal threats, misinformation, spying and other tools to threaten media and stop them from reporting critically on them. Self censorship has never been higher as an increasingly fragile media face entrenched monied and powerful interests. OCCRP will talk about how they handle the increasingly hostile legal environment and efforts that are underway by OCCRP and other organizations to build systems to handle the next great threat to journalism.

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Drew Sullivan

Editor, OCCRP Sarajevo
Drew Sullivan, USA, co-founded the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Program (OCCRP) where he now serves as editor-in-chief. He is a journalist and social entrepreneur who founded the Center for Investigative Reporting in Bosnia-Herzegovina in 2004 as well as the Journalism... Read More →

Wednesday September 21, 2016 09:00 - 09:30 PDT

09:30 PDT

Media rich, media poor: What usage numbers say

The session will present the results of Gallup’s newest World Poll focusing on media usage in 65 developing countries (excluding the Middle East). According to these data, about 7% of the population in the developing world are "media rich," meaning that they are consulting a broad variety of "old" and "new" media every day. These people are more critical to governments and to corruption issues. On the other end of the spectrum are about 8.8% of the population in the developing world which do not have any access to media, be it traditional or new; and they appear to be uncritical to governments and corruption issues.

Ipsos MENA will also present the results of its yearly study “MENA Tech Tracker”; a comprehensive study on the current state of media and technology scene in the MENA region. The study, covering nine markets, focuses on internet, mobile and smartphone penetration, social networking as well as digital and online media usage. While the study presents impressive figures on the “digital” penetration, Ipsos will also share some insightful trends showing that traditional (offline) media remains powerful. In fact, for 83% of the population, the main sources of information are offline media.

Together they give a quite good idea on media use - both showing the rapid changes towards mobile communication in Africa and the MENA region and the considerable importance of television in the Middle East and Latin America.

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Athanas Jamo

Research Manager, Ipsos
Athanas Jamo is a Media Research Manager at Ipsos Connect in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. His expertise in media research covers TV, Radio and Print audience measurement, content evaluation and programming strategies, users’ behavior and attitudes, digital analytics and social media... Read More →
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Rajesh Srinivasan

Global Director of Research, World Poll, Gallup
Rajesh Srinivasan, Ph.D., is a Senior Consultant with Gallup with over 20 years of International research experience. His work focuses on the Gallup World Poll, the largest available source of key world data, providing access to the voices, hearts, and minds of citizens in more than... Read More →

Wednesday September 21, 2016 09:30 - 10:30 PDT

11:30 PDT

Growth of online media in Africa

Africa has had a somewhat unique ride with digital disruption as the arrival of mobile telephone brought in the unconnected in droves. While mobile internet has delivered major shifts in the consumption of media it has also presented huge challenges for traditional media houses, given its constantly shifting landscape and entry of new players. It has been quite a journey chasing audiences in a sustainable manner and some unique African lessons have been learnt.

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Churchill Otieno

Managing Editor - Digital, Nation Media Group
Churchill Otieno, Kenya, is the Managing Editor (Digital) at Nation Media Group. He is a career journalist with more than 20 years of experience in digital and print media, and communication strategies. He is specialised in digital content generation and publishing. He is the Secretary... Read More →

Wednesday September 21, 2016 11:30 - 12:00 PDT

12:30 PDT

Innovation in Journalism in Latin America
The Gabriel García Márquez Journalism Foundation (FNPI) launched Gabriel García Márquez Journalism Award in 2013. In four years it has become one of the most prestigious awards in the region and has received around six thousand applications so far. One of the categories of the Award is "Innovation", which received around 600 applications from all Spanish and Portuguese speaking countries. What do those 600 works say about journalism in Latin America? Ricardo Corredor, FNPI´s executive director will share the results of an analysis of that database.

Rapporteur for the session: Elisabetta Plebani, Project Coordinator, Free Press Unlimited

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Ricardo Corredor

Executive Director, Gabriel García Marquez Journalism Foundation
Ricardo Corredor, Colombia, is the Executive Director of the Gabriel García Márquez New Journalism Foundation (Fundación Gabriel García Márquez para el Nuevo Periodismo Iberoamericano - FNPI), a Latin American non profit organization based in Cartagena, Colombia, founded by Nobel... Read More →

Wednesday September 21, 2016 12:30 - 13:00 PDT

14:00 PDT

DWA: Digital Innovation Library & Video Metrics App

Innovative media outlets and projects are changing our media ecologies by challenging and transforming the way we create and use media. Through designing new platforms and creative forms of mobile communication they are advancing freedom of expression. In an attempt to find out more about how digital technologies are being used to further freedom of expression and access to information, DW Akademie carried out research across Africa, Asia and Latin America. This initiative provided exciting insights into the wealth and range of activities that are taking place in this arena. Subsequently leading to DW Akademie developing a “Digital Innovation Library” to showcase examples and exchange experiences. This online service enables entrepreneurs, journalists, activists, media development experts, and donors to browse and search different start-up projects, understand their work and learn from them. The speakers will share findings from the research and explore the potential of this new resource as well as present a new video metrics app developed by DWA.

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Petra Susanne Berner

Head Strategy and Consulting Services, Deutsche Welle, DW Akademie
Petra Berner, Germany, is the Head of Strategy and Consulting Services at DW Akademie. Prior to this she was Department Head of Research and Development from January 2013-August 2014 and Head of Latin America from July 2005-December 2012 at DW Akademie as well as a Consultant and... Read More →
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Jan Lublinski

Head Research and Evaluation, DW Akademie
Jan Lublinski, Germany, is the Head of Research and Evaluation in the Department of Strategy and Consulting Services at DW Akademie, Germany. He is a freelance science journalist, trainer and consultant based in Bonn. He is engaged in monitoring and evaluation, media development... Read More →

Wednesday September 21, 2016 14:00 - 15:00 PDT

15:00 PDT

Indonesia Press Freedom Index
The Indonesia Press Freedom Index is an initiative led by the Indonesian Press Council to evaluate the country's media freedom situation. It is an exemplary initiative undertaken by a country to self-evaluate the independence and pluralism of its national media. This session will engage with the democratic importance and human rights perspective on which the Index is premised. The Press Freedom Index (IKP) aims not only to establish a regional ranking of press freedom but also to identify the challenges and opportunities that will lead to safeguarding this freedom.​

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Antonio Pradjasto

Program Manager, Indonesian Press Council
Antonio Pradjasto, Indonesia, is currently the Program Manager for the Press Freedom Index at the Indonesian Press Council and a member of the 'Working Group on Law'. He is a legal expert on human rights and is a consultant-evaluator and facilitator. He has previously served as the... Read More →

Wednesday September 21, 2016 15:00 - 15:30 PDT

16:00 PDT

China's media influence in the world
The session will focus on the increased Chinese investments in media groups across the world as well as the different Chinese investment strategies in the media sectors whether in developing countries (Africa in particular) or in the West.

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Yanchun Yang

Deputy Editor-in-Chief, Oriental Business
Ms. Yanchun Yang has been leading the Oriental Business since June 2015. Prior to that, she had held media positions which include Executive Editor in Chief of the Hong Kong Business Herald (est. 1947), Senior Reporter and Resident Correspondent, United Nations Bureau, New York... Read More →

Wednesday September 21, 2016 16:00 - 16:30 PDT

16:30 PDT

Communication Cold War in Eastern Europe
From October 2015 to July 2016, a watchdog named “Disinformation Review” reported 1,649 disinformation stories that they noticed in their local pro-Kremlin outlets. This sample represents 18 different languages - which means even more countries were targeted by the campaign. Top of the list comes disinformation in Russian, with 936 examples. This targets also the audience in the Baltic States (during the ten months, we have not been told of any stories in Estonian, Latvian, or Lithuanian), in the Caucasus, in Belarus and in Ukraine (there are only five stories in the Ukrainian language in the master-table). The pro-Kremlin disinformation campaign in the Russian language targets also Russian-speaking minorities in many countries further from Russia's borders. This session will engage with the pervasiveness of Cold War era propaganda in contemporary Eastern Europe. Roman Shutov will draw from his extensive experience in disinformation impact assessment of ​pro-Kremlin propaganda in Ukraine to unpack the metrics of monitoring and evaluation of propaganda and disinformation impact.

Rapporteur for the session: Maryia Sadouskaya-Komlach, Programme Coordinator, Free Press Unlimited.

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Roman Shutov

Program Director, Detector Media
Roman Shutov, Ukraine, is the Program Director of Detector Media think-tank (formerly Telekritika), a Kyiv-based NGO. Since 2011 he has produced extensive reviews and analyses of Russian propaganda in Ukraine and is the author of more than 30 scientific and analytical articles. His... Read More →

Wednesday September 21, 2016 16:30 - 17:00 PDT

17:00 PDT

Media and information literacy: A new frontier for education
According to IFLA, Media and Information Literacy (MIL) consists of the knowledge, the attitudes, and the sum of the skills needed to know when and what information is needed; where and how to obtain that information; how to evaluate it critically and organise it once it is found; and how to use it in an ethical way. The concept extends beyond communication and information technologies to encompass learning, critical thinking, and interpretative skills across and beyond professional and educational boundaries. MIL is a new emerging field of human rights in an increasingly digital, interdependent, and global world, and promotes greater social inclusion. According to UNESCO, empowerment of people through information and media literacy is an important prerequisite for fostering equitable access to information and knowledge, and building inclusive knowledge societies. UNESCO is promoting the composite concept of MIL through its activities and programmes, as well as through Global Alliance for Partnerships on Media and Information Literacy (GAPMIL) launched by it in 2013.

Rapporteur for the session: Rohan Jayasekara, Director, Vivarta

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Harinder Pal Singh Kalra

Professor, Department of Library and Information Science, Punjabi University
Dr. Harinder Pal Singh Kalra is Professor in Department of Library and Information Science (LIS) at Punjabi University, Patiala (India). He has 23 years experience in teaching & research, and practice of librarianship and information work. He has taught various courses in LIS including... Read More →

Wednesday September 21, 2016 17:00 - 17:30 PDT

17:30 PDT

National security and press freedom in Asia
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Benjamin Ismail

Head of Asia-Pacific Desk, Reporters Without Borders (RSF)
Benjamin Ismail, France, is currently the Head of Asia-Pacific Desk at Reporters Without Borders (RSF), a position he has held since 2011. He has worked on fact-finding projects related to media freedom and freedom of information in Burma as well as a situation report on freedom of... Read More →

Wednesday September 21, 2016 17:30 - 18:00 PDT
Thursday, September 22

09:00 PDT

Who Controls the Media? RSF Report on Oligarchs
It was in Russia that the word “oligarchs” was first used to denote very rich businessmen. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has adopted the term to refer to billionaires who create or take over media empires to serve their business or political interests. There is a worldwide trend towards increasingly concentrated ownership of conglomerates that combine media outlets (TV channels, radio stations, newspapers and news websites) with banks, telecoms, property firms and construction companies. All this suits the rulers of countries such as China that espoused capitalism in order to better suppress democracy.800 TV channels exist in India, of which all those that provide news coverage are owned by political or industrial barons.Entitled "Media: when oligarchs go shopping," RSF’s latest report describes a world in which journalism and freedom of information run up against an invisible wall consisting of money and conflicts of interest. Coinciding with the report’s publication, RSF is launching a communication campaign together with the advertising agency BETC. Called “How oligarchs kill freedom of information,” it takes the form of a “quick manual for the good oligarch.”

Rapporteur for the session: Albana Shala, Chair of the International Programme for the Development of Communication (IPDC), UNESCO.

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Sophie Busson

Advocacy Advisor, Reporters Without Borders (RSF)
Sophie Busson is Advocacy Advisor for Reporters Without Borders (RSF). Sophie is a lawyer and expert in international law and human rights. Holding a LLM in International Law from Fordham University, she has previously worked with the United Nations in Mali and with the French Ministry... Read More →

Thursday September 22, 2016 09:00 - 09:30 PDT

09:30 PDT

Benign tycoons: A look at the regions's most powerful media bosses
This session will try to identify some powerful media bosses in the Southeast Asia region. The presentation will cover Indonesia, the Philippines, Singapore, and Thailand. As it turns out, media bosses in this region (except in Singapore) also own non-media businesses and also wield substantial political power. This session will try to find the correlation between those factors. Media should be a watchdog, however in these countries they serve as a tool to bolster the image of their owners in the public domain. 

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Jessica Damiana

Journalism Student, Universitas Multimedia Nusantara (UMN)
Jessica Damiana is a journalism student at Universitas Multimedia Nusantara (UMN). She has represented Indonesia at the World Press Freedom Day in Helsinki, Finland. She is quite active on social media and can be reached @jemidamiana.

Thursday September 22, 2016 09:30 - 10:00 PDT