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Webinar on Journalism, New Technologies and Media Development

July 14, 2009
10:00AM - 12:00PM

Diplomatic Academy of Vienna

Categories: Webinar

The Transformation of News in the Digital Age: an interactive, live conversation between scholars and practitioners

Tuesday July 14, 2009, 3 pm GMT/10 am EST

Organized by the Center for Media and Communication Studies at Central European University and the Center for Global Communication Studies at the Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania.

Recent events across the globe underscore the dramatic changes in ways people communicate with each other. Traditional boundaries and cultural mores are tested as new media augment the information landscape and challenge prevailing orthodoxies. Old institutions are threatened as broadcast entities and newspapers lose primacy.  Questions abound about a Twitter generation, a Facebook society and a world in which mobile telephony becomes a more and more significant platform for the diffusion of news.  Are these concerns overblown?  What are some of the implications for existing entities, for governments, for civil society, for media development agencies and funders?

The interactive session will feature live in conversation James Deane, director of policy for the BBC World Service Trust; Persephone Miel, Senior Advisor, Internews, and a fellow with the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University; and practitioners, researchers, and journalists in media development from Bangladesh, Palestine, South Africa, El Salvador and across Central and Eastern Europe.

The online seminar will be streamed live from Budapest at the headquarters of Magyar Telekom with an ongoing, interactive live chat supplementing the live session.