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Asia’s first international conference on mobile journalism held

Published : 06 Jul 2019, 13:05

Sahos Desk

Asia’s first international conference on mobile journalism took place in Bangkok, Thailand.

The German political foundation Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) organised the inaugural Mobile Journalism Conference Asia #mojoasia2019.

The two-day conference, took place on 28 and 29 June, attracted almost 250 journalists and media professionals from 31 countries.

The goal of the conference was advocating mobile journalism in Asia and generating awareness in the region.

The speakers consisted of 28 industry experts and trainers who were brought in to share their expertise in their respective specialisations.

Of the experts, 23 were from the Asia- Pacific region. They covered diverse topics including the challenges and opportunities of mobile reporting in Asia, latest mobile apps for Android and iOS users in the Asian market, vertical and audio storytelling, and also explored how to use drones for high quality content creation.

The two-day conference consisted of interactive panel discussions, workshops, and master classes conducted by leading industry experts.

Replying to a question as to why the mobile journalism conference was organised in Asia, Christoph Grabitz, director of KAS Media Programme Asia, said, “Journalism in Asia at the beginning of the 21st century is marked by three defining features: First, the digital infrastructure is one of the best in the world. Secondly, freedom of the press is increasingly under attack. Thirdly, legacy media outlets find themselves in financial crises. In this environment, mobile journalism is a powerful tool to defend press freedom as it is innovative, affordable, and discreet.”

“Asia’s first ever Mobile Journalism Conference hosted by KAS, has refuted the 20-year-old narrative of media as a dying industry. He or she who uses the newest technologies in a smart, ethical and professional way has a golden future as a journalist, irrespective of the fact that traditional business models are not working out anymore,” he added.

Source: Prothom Alo

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