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RNW Media and the PeaceTech Lab are partners in organizing the deep dive series. The deep dives aim to discern how innovative uses of media, data, and technology in fragile and failed states can accelerate positive change and build peace. Unlike traditional government and think tank deep dives, the Deep Dives engage not just researchers and analysts but also fellow NGO practitioners, CSO representatives, technologists, funders, and donors. Together they probe a given country or problem set, delving into case studies, operational challenges, and best practices to explore tangible, practical action steps.
Next Deep Dive on September 19:
Failed States and Fake News: The Renewed Imperative for Building Global Media Capacity
- Washington DC
RNW Media and the PeaceTech Lab share the belief that professional independent media are critical to sustaining peaceful and prosperous societies, and are concerned about the growing threats to fact-based information and free expression and the media organizations that support them, particularly in repressive and conflict-torn societies.
From rising authoritarianism and failed states to disinformation and fake news to extremist rhetoric and hate speech, the environment for global media is increasingly precarious. Freedom House reported that in 2016 “global press freedom declined to its lowest point in 13 years.” The Committee to Protect Journalists recorded the largest number ever of imprisoned journalists – 259. Reporters without Borders flatly declared, the “media has never been so threatened.”
It is difficult enough for media in developed countries to cope. For media in developing societies, however, it can be overwhelming. Not only are the political and security pressures more acute, but so too are the economic costs and challenges. And yet, media operators have missions to fulfill and businesses to run, journalists and program producers to train and keep safe, new technologies to adopt and adapt, and audiences to understand and serve.
Indeed, there remains virtually insatiable demand for media training and other forms of capacity-building, especially where business models are weakest. Yet funding never keeps pace. Collaboration among capacity-building organizations is spotty at best. And seldom is there an industry conversation on the global need versus the global response.
Given today’s global media environment, how are media capacity-building organizations responding? What are their priorities? What do media operators most need? How do they find time to focus on training when for many it’s difficult just to keep the lights on? Where are the major gaps between capacity-building supply and user demand? How do we close them? What do funders see as the priorities? Where are their funding dollars going? How and where do media capacity-building organizations cooperate? What more can and should they be doing, jointly?
These are among the questions the deep dive will tackle – with a select group of media capacity-building organizations, media operators, experts, and funders. Together, they will take stock of current practice, assess the challenges in the field, share best practices, brainstorm new initiatives, and probe the possibilities of greater collaboration.
Agenda and further details to follow.
This Deep Dive is being organised in collaboration with RNTC.