Challenges and Opportunities for Journalism Online

Council of Europe

**Coffee will be served before the workshop**

Session 360

12:45–14:00, Friday, 16 June 2017 Room C1, ITU Tower Thematic Workshop

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The workshop will focus primarily on the challenges and opportunities currently faced by news media and journalism as such in the demanding online environment. The debate will cover a number of issues, including:

- Addressing potential market failures in the production of the public good of independent, professional, quality journalism;

- Securing an efficient and competitive media market place;

- Ensuring that citizens develop deeper critical media and information literacy skills necessary to navigate in the information age;

- Online journalism: preserving or redefining the role of journalists and other media actors in the online environment;

- Fact-checking and accountability in journalism;

- Mis and disinformation disseminated on the internet, filter bubbles and other factors which are driving spread of ”fake news”;

- Public access to diversified, pluralistic information.


The background documents for the workshop:

-  Council of Europe  report  "Challenges and opportunities for news media and journalism in an increasingly digital, mobile, and social media environment"

- Council of Europe  publication "Journalism  at risk - Threats, challenges and perspectives",

 -  Recommendation CM/Rec(2016)4 of the Committee of Ministers  to member States  on the protection of journalism and safety of journalists and other media actors,

-  PACE Resolution 2143 (2017) "Online media and journalism: challenges and accountability"  


Małgorzata Pęk, Council of Europe



  • Dr Alessio Cornia, Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, University of Oxford
  • Prof. Dr. Natali Helberger, Institute for Information Law (IViR), University of Amsterdam
  • Mr. Fergus Bell, First Draft News coalition, Dig Deeper Media Ltd
  • Ms. Xianhong Hu, UNESCO
  • Mr. Tom Law, Ethical Journalism Network




Session's link to WSIS Action Lines

  • AL C9 logo C9. Media
  • AL C10 logo C10. Ethical dimensions of the Information Society

Session's link to Sustainable Development Process

  • Goal 8: Decent work and economic growth logo Goal 8: Promote inclusive and sustainable economic growth, employment and decent work for all
  • Goal 16: Peace, justice and strong institutions logo Goal 16: Promote just, peaceful and inclusive societies


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