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Alumniportal at the Global Media Forum 2014

On June 30th 2014, the 6th Deutsche Welle’s Global Media Forum opened its doors. For three days, 2,300 guests from 120 countries discussed issues surrounding the topic of this year’s conference, "From Information to Participation – Challenges for the Media."

The forum brought together media representatives from around the world and people from the fields of politics, culture, business, development cooperation and academia. This year the conference focused on questions of online participation, social action and its impact on traditional journalism. Some of the high ranking and renowned speakers were the German Ministers Frank Walter Steinmeier and Gerd Müller, the Egyptian satirist Bassem Youssef, Auma Obama – founder of the "Sauti Kuu" foundation and sister of US president Barak Obama – and (via video) Glenn Greenwald, the American journalist who published the Snowden papers, as well as many others.

For the second time, Alumniportal Deutschland was on site and participated in the conference with some activities. The two Alumni Reporters Aqil Zahirpour and Roma Rajpal Weiss visited the panels and workshops and shared their impressions in their Alumniportal blogs. On Wednesday many interesting participants from all over the world gathered at the Alumniportal area at the interactive corner. Some of them made themselves available for short video interviews, commenting on the conference topics and introducing their personal views.

Watch the video interviews with media representatives and graduates from Egypt, Namibia, Ghana and Palestine!

Aqil Zahirpour is an Afghan scholar, and public policy analyst with expertise in fields related to media education and peacebuilding.

Roma Rajpal Weiss is an Indian Journalist, Blogger and Globetrotter who does voluntary work for the Right Livelihood Award Foundation.

Malik Abbas Dabu about digital journalism and freedom of press

“Even in the advent of social media I think that traditional journalism will still thrive. Journalists are trained to package content in a manner that serves the needs of people.”

Malik Abbas Dabu is an online editor in a private media station in Ghana.

Emsie Erastus about social media education and freedom of speech

“When it comes to social media, there is still a lot of uncertainty who should be the gate keeper. Is it Google? Is it Facebook? […] It’s something that we should discuss more on ways that we can understand gate keeping without removing freedom of expression. Because if you tend to remove, then it’s no longer social media, then you are controlling it.”

Emsie Erastus is a producer and journalist from Namibia. She is working for the Namibian Broadcasting Corporation.

Heba Ahmed Morsy about the benefits from the Global Media Forum

“Egypt is not a stable country. [...] So listening to success stories and different case studies – it opens up your mind, it gives you some hope, it gives you some vision to the future.”

Phd. Student at the faculty of Mass Communication at Cairo University and fellow of the Right livelihood collage.

Iman Soliman about the role of social media in mobilizing people

“We in Egypt are not isolated from the world. Change is happening all over the world – in Ukraine, in Russia, in African countries. I’m not isolated in my own bubble … No, I’m just opening my eyes to a new dimension of the world and the problems in it.”

Phd. Student at Cairo University and fellow of the Right livelihood collage.

Wesam Amer about academic background and moving to practice

“What is interesting about the Global Media Forum is the way to learn from practical and professional journalists. […] In Gaza there is a big lack of training for journalists. So such a conference gives me the opportunity to connect with people.”

Palestinian Phd. student at the University of Hamburg and fellow of the Right livelihood collage.

The videos were produced on the Global Media Forum in Bonn on July 2, 2014.

Journalism has an important role and responsibility in society. Is it changing in the run of digitalization? How will traditional journalism be affected by social media? And do we need social media education? What do you think? What’s your experience?

July 2014

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