DW Global Media Forum 2022 kicks off in Bonn on June 20
More than 100 experts from all over the world will be “shaping the future of journalism in times of crisis and war” at the Deutsche Welle Global Media Forum 2022. DW’s annual media convention will open its doors from June 20 to 21 at the World Conference Center Bonn (WCCB) in Bonn, Germany and bring together global leaders as well as professionals from media, government, technology, and civil society.
Among those who will tackle global media challenges and advance solutions for resilient societies are Nobel Peace laureate Maria Ressa from the Philippines, German Minister of State for Culture and Media Claudia Roth, Ukrainian journalist Angelina Kariakina, Brazilian investigative journalist Patricia Toledo de Campos Mello.
Taiwan’s Digital Minister Audrey Tang, Lutz Güllner, Head of Strategic Communications and Information Analysis European External Action Service, as well as Head of News Partnerships for Central Europe at Meta, Guido Bülow, will discuss the current role of technology in media and civil societies. Editors-in-chief from leading news outlets as well as scholars and media professionals from newspapers such as the Guardian and Süddeutsche Zeitung or broadcasters such as WDR, NDR and DW will share their extensive knowledge of the challenges and opportunities for journalism.
A list of confirmed speakers can be found here.
Discussion topics range from climate crisis and digital activism to war and pandemic journalism. Artificial Intelligence, fact-checking, political agenda-setting and representation in media also take center stage. The start-up contest @GMF focusses on new tech designed to foster resilient journalism and civil societies in times of rapid change. Start-ups, entrepreneurs and talent in media technology and innovation will showcase their work as a central feature of the DW Global Media Forum.
Learn more about the program and view sessions here.
Against a backdrop of the war in Ukraine, the GMF will spotlight the challenges of reporting from the front lines by hosting award-winning war correspondents who covered stories first-hand from war zones in Ukraine, Afghanistan, Myanmar, and beyond. Journalists from Germany, Ukraine and Russia, such as Paul Ronzheimer, Angelina Kariakina, Tetiana Kyselchuk, Mikhail Zygar and Maria Makeeva will share how they cope with reporting on the war.
Participants will also join DW in honoring Ukrainian AP journalists Mstyslav Chernov and Evgeniy Maloletka with its Freedom of Speech Award in recognition of their courageous reporting from the besieged Ukrainian city of Mariupol. The award ceremony will be co-hosted by Jodie Ginsberg, president of the Committee to Protect Journalists, and Ensaf Haidar, Saudi-Canadian human rights activist and president of the Raif Badawi Foundation for Freedom.
Learn more about the Freedom of Speech Award here.
The annual meeting will also bring together younger generations of journalists, with a tribute to the honorees of the ARD.ZDF Media Academy’s “Women and Media Technology” award comprising successful female graduates from German, Austrian and Swiss universities in the fields of technology, engineering, and media studies.
The DW Global Media Forum offers a unique interdisciplinary platform for media professionals as well as decision-makers from politics, civil society, culture, education, business, and science from all over the world to get together and to learn from each other as part of an intercultural exchange since 2008. The Global Media Forum is sponsored by the German Federal Foreign Office, the State of North Rhine-Westphalia, the Stiftung Internationale Begegnung der Sparkasse in Bonn, the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, and the City of Bonn.