Independent and Quality Media - World Press Freedom Day 2015
Plenary 1 Independent and Quality Media
Description: Quality journalism can be an abstract concept to grasp as there is no universal set of criteria of quality journalism. Often, it is dependent on socio-political and cultural characteristics and constraints. The changing influence of commercialization and concentration of ownership also impacts on the independence and quality of journalism. Numbers of awards, audience share, the resources available for newsroom, audience responses and participation, and industry’s perception
can all be part of the indicators of quality. Independence of the newsroom is also a crucial indicator: from editors being able to set the agenda to the individual reporter’s ability to seek out news story.
The quality issue is further complicated by the proliferation of social media producers of news. What is clear is that investigative journalism, in particular, relies on the qualities of accurate, in-depth and critical reporting on matters of special public concern, work which often requires long and difficult research. What can be done to strengthen investigative journalism? Is there any way to strengthen professional reporting, and its role in burgeoning information environments? What can be done to raise standards amongst individuals who use new platforms from text-based micro-blogging to video reporting using video sharing networks?
Facilitator: Mr Guy Berger, Director, Freedom of Expression and Media Development, UNESCO
Ms Cilla Benko, Director-General, Swedish Radio, Sweden
Ms Yuli Ismartono, Publisher, Tempo English Magazine, Indonesia
Mr Musikilu Mojeed, Managing Editor, Premium Times, Nigeria
Ms Maria Teresa Ronderos, Director, Programme on Independent Journalism, Open Society Foundation
Ms Inga Spriņģe, Founder & Journalist, Re:Baltica, the Baltic Center for Investigative Journalism, Latvia
Mr Paul Steiger, Founding Editor-in-Chief & CEO, ProPublica, USA