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7th ASEF Editors’ Roundtable

Asian and European Media in the Digital Age

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15-17 October 2014 Debasmita Dasgupta Public Affairs Asia-Europe Editors' Roundtable Economy & Society



Venue:
Institute for International Political Studies (ISPI), Milan

The ASEF Editors’ Roundtable programme, first launched in 1997 in Luxembourg, gathers senior editors of major print or broadcast media to exchange perspectives on current affairs which are pertinent to Asia and Europe. The Roundtable is often organised at the side-lines of ASEM Summits. Its agenda focuses on salient issues which may also be discussed under the Summit agenda.

The 7th ASEF Editors’ Roundtable gathered some top 20 editors-in-chief and senior media commentators. The event was held in Milan, Italy alongside the 10th Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) Summit.

The conclusions and recommendations from the 7th ASEF Editors' Roundtable will be published as a monograph by Chatham House. The free download version of this publication will be available on ASEF and Chatham House websites.

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Project Updates

  • News in the Digital Age

    Published on 31 Oct 2014

    “Across Asia and Europe, journalism is undergoing a transformation like never before thanks to ubiquitous news, global information access, instantaneous reporting, interactivity with audiences and multimedia content”, said Ms Enrica TONINELLI, Deputy Director, Rai News24 Italy. She made this comment during the 7th ASEF Editors’ Roundtable: Asian and European Media in the Digital Age on 16 October 2014 in Milan, Italy, an event that brought together more than 20 senior media commentators from 20 leading Asian and European media including AFP, The Times of India, The Moscow Times, Kyodo News Japan, The Korea Herald, and Televisión Española.

    The concluding session of the Roundtable brought together more than 40 experts from Asian and European think-tanks along with the participating editors and media leaders. This was an open session with a panel discussion on the “Facing Asia-Europe Challenges: The Role of Media and New Communication Tools” moderated by Mr Gilles DEMPTOS, Asia Director of World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA). The speakers of this session included Ms Maria A. RESSA, Chief Executive Officer, and Executive Editor, Rappler Inc., Philippines; Mr Didier LAURAS, France Chief Editor, AFP, France; Mr Fraser CAMERON, Director, EU-Asia Centre, Belgium; and Ms Carolina HERNANDEZ, President, ISDS, Philippines.

    The Roundtable was organised on 15-17 October in Milan, Italy on the side-lines of the 10th ASEM Summit. The event was co-organised with the German Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, in cooperation with the Institute for International Political Studies (ISPI), and supported by World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA) and Chatham House.

    The conclusions and recommendations from the Roundtable will be published as a monograph by Chatham House. A free digital download will be available on ASEF and Chatham House websites.

  • With the evolution of social, cultural and technological landscapes, Asia and Europe are more connected than ever. This connectivity creates a great impact on people-to-people communication across the two regions. The emergence of digital media has led to rapid changes in the media and communications ecosystem. Online newspapers, blogs and social media have changed how news is produced and consumed. At the same time mobile and tablet communications have introduced a dramatic shift in news distribution.

    Both Asia and Europe are facing this media climate change. However the nature and extent varies in the two regions. The 7th ASEF Editors’ Roundtable: Asian and European Media in the Digital Age will bring together editors-in-chief/publishers/senior media commentators from leading Asia-Europe media agencies. Through the sessions during the Roundtable, the participants will exchange their experience in dealing with the digital wave. They will not only share their best practices and challenges but also explore possible synergies between the media across the regions.

    The Roundtable will be organised on 15-17 October in Milan, Italy on the side-lines of the 10th ASEM Summit. The event is co-organised with the German Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, in cooperation with the Institute for International Political Studies, and is supported by World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA) and Chatham House.

  • In the Digital Age, Asia and Europe have a lot to learn from each other. On one side, Europe has first-hand experience in delaing with digital media to share. On the other side, Asia is emerging as an open pool for new media and information-exchange opportunities. By connecting these special characteristics, communication patterns in the two regions can complement and learn from each other. The Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) has been instrumental through ASEF in deepening such connections between Asia and Europe. Fortunately, more and more Asian-European media houses are also identifying the need to re-engineer their processes and infrastructure so that they are able to respond more quickly to societies’ demands.

    The 7th ASEF Editors’ Roundtable: Asian and European Media in the Digital Agewill gather editors-in-chief from ASEM countries to share how their agencies are experiencing the changing face of the media as well as adapting to it. In addition to providing a learning opportunity, this Roundtable will be a setting to identify possible improved linkages between Asian and European media to conquer new territories and reach out to more consumers in this open and at the same time more and more closely-knit digital world. The Roundtable will take place on 15-17 October 2014 in Milan, Italy, on the sidelines of the 10th Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) Summit. 

    The event is co-organised with the German Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, in cooperation with the Institute for International Political Studies, and is supported by World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA) and Chatham House.

Partners

  • Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung

Sponsors

  • Chatham House
  • Institute for International Political Studies (ISPI)
  • World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA)
ASEF's contribution is with the financial support of the European Commission.