Sustainable Development & Environment

Upcoming Events

Email *
Name *
Subscribed Communication

* required fields

10th ASEF Journalists' Colloquium

Crisis Reporting: the Role of Asian and European Media

Project Period: Contact: Department: Programme: Theme:
4-6 November 2015 Debasmita Dasgupta Public Affairs ASEF Journalists' Colloquium Sustainable Development & Environment



Venue:
Luxembourg

The 10th ASEF Journalists’ Colloquium focussed on crisis reporting. The colloquium was organised in conjunction with the 12th ASEM Foreign Ministers’ Meeting (ASEM FMM12) in November in Luxembourg. This colloquium brought together 25 Asian and European practicing journalists to discuss and learn different approaches, skills and tools used in crisis reporting from Asian and European perspectives. 

Whether it is a public health crisis such as the E. coli outbreak (2011) in Germany, or an environmental disaster like the cyclone Haiyan (2013) in the Philippines, or some of the recent terror attacks – both Asian as well as European media face many common challenges. This colloquium enabled practicing journalists from ASEM countries to share such challenges and best practices in dealing with those challenges during crisis reporting from their respective regional perspectives. 

The recommendations/highlights from the colloquium will be published as ASEF Media Handbook, which will be a ready reference for Asian and European journalists as well as for research and civil society organisations working in the field.

 

Media Partner

 Tageblatt low res logo

Project Updates

  • Click here to watch the video!

  • Conclusions from the 10th ASEF Journalists’ Colloquium on Crisis Reporting: The Role of Asian and European Media were presented to H E Jean ASSELBORN, Luxembourg’s Minister for Foreign Affairs, after the 12th ASEM Foreign Ministers’ Meeting (ASEM FMM12) on 6 November 2015 in Luxembourg.

    Based on the discussions and conclusions of the Colloquium, ASEF will be publishing the ASEF Media Handbook on Crisis Reporting. Some of the discussion highlights of the event were based on journalists’ experiences from the field during disasters such as the Himalayan Quake in Nepal, the Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan and the refugee crisis in Europe. Other sessions of the Colloquium focussed on important aspects that create huge impact in reporting a crisis. These include: role of social media, reporting for people directly affected by disasters, and long-term reporting of events.

    The ASEF Media Handbook will contain practical suggestions for journalists covering catastrophes. The publication is being designed to improve understanding of crisis assessment and response and convey best practices in reporting on different types of crises. It will provide information about resources and networks that can help improve their understanding of crises and thus strengthen their reporting.

    Sign up to a reserve a copy now!

    ASEF Media Handbook

    The 10th ASEF Journalists’ Colloquium on Crisis Reporting was organised by the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) in partnership with the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg and Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) Asia Media Programme.

  • The 10th ASEF Journalists’ Colloquium on “Crisis Reporting: The Role of Asian and European Media” will gather more than 35 journalists and media experts from over 34 countries on 4-6 November in Luxembourg. To see the profiles of all participating journalists click here.

    The Colloquium is designed to help Asian and European journalists learn from each other by exchanging regional experiences and knowledge about covering crises. One of the key outcomes of this Colloquium will be the ASEF Media Handbook on Crisis Reporting. This handbook will have practical suggestions for journalists covering catastrophes.

    The handbook will be available for free download on ASEF website in early 2016. Sign up now for a free copy!

    The 10th ASEF Journalists’ Colloquium on Crisis Reporting is organised by the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) in partnership with the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg and Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) Asia Media Programme.

  • The 10th ASEF Journalists’ Colloquiumon Crisis Reporting will gather over 30 journalists from Asia and Europe on 4-6 November 2015 in Luxembourg to examine how crises are reported in Asian and European media and explore best practices for more effective reporting. To address these topics, there will be 7 media experts who will speak at the Colloquium, namely:

    Mr Guna Raj LUITEL

    Editor-in-chief, Nagarik National Daily (Nepal)

    Session topic: Experiencing live crisis reporting: During the Himalayan Quake in Nepal

    Mr Toshimitsu SAWAI

    Former chief of Nuclear Energy News, Kyodo News (Japan)

    Session topic: On-site challenges during crisis reporting:  Fukushima case-study from Japan

    Ms Lisa ROBINSON

    Senior Advisor, BBC Media Action

    Session topic: Reporting for the communities affected by crisis

    Ms Amanda MCCLELLAND

    Senior Officer – Health Emergency Team, International Federation of the Red Cross (IFRC)

    Session topic: Effective reporting during public health emergencies

    Mr Phil CHETWYND

    Global News Editor, AFP

    Session topic: Has the social media made crisis reporting easier or tougher?: Charlie Hebdo experience

    Mr Umar CHEEMA

    Senior Correspondent, The News (Pakistan)

    Session topic: Safety during crisis reporting

    Ms Belinda GOLDSMITH

    Editor-in-chief, Thomson Reuters Foundation

    Session topic: Long-term coverage:  Reporting beyond an immediate crisis

  • The Reuters Institute is one of the supporters of the upcoming 10th ASEF Journalists’ Colloquium on Crisis Reporting, which will be held on 4-6 November 2015 in Luxembourg. Professor Robert G. PICARD, a specialist in media economics and policy and a representative of the Reuters Institute, will be the moderator of this Colloquium. He will also be the Editor-in-chief of the ASEF Media Handbook on Crisis Reporting that will be a collection of best practices on crisis reporting to be published for practicing journalists and media organisations. ASEF interviewed Prof. PICARD about his views on the role of Asian and European media in crisis reporting:

    Q. What is one of the most important roles of a journalist in crisis reporting? 

    Crisis reporting informs the world about emergencies requiring global attention and builds support for action by national and international governments and aid organisations. 

    It is hugely important initial source information for aid organisations because reporters are often on the scene with communication equipment that is able to capture and convey the size and magnitude of the crisis. 

    Q. How can the 10th ASEF Journalists Colloquium, which brings together Asian and European journalists, help in effective crisis reporting? 

    The Colloquium is designed to help journalists learn from each other and exchange regional experiences and knowledge about covering crises. It will explore challenges in covering a crisis and identify better ways to address the causes, needs, and responses to crisis that result from natural disasters and man-made humanitarian emergencies. 

    Although many journalists are well experienced in covering precipitating events of crises, such as earthquakes, typhoons, and floods, humanitarian crises often continue long after the initial dramatic events and many journalists are less experienced and knowledgeable about how to serve the continuing information needs of the public and responders. 

    Q. As the Editor-in-chief of the ASEF Media Handbook on Crisis Reporting, how do you think such a resource can help crisis reporters?

    Most journalists don’t cover crises often in their careers and are often not well acquainted with the underlying challenges and issues that develop during crisis and in the responses of international organizations and aid agencies.

    The handbook is being designed to improve understanding of crisis assessment and response and convey best practices in reporting on different types of crises. It will provide information about resources and networks that can help improve their understanding of crises underway and thus strengthen their reporting.

  • The Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) is pleased to announce the list of selected participants for the upcoming 10th ASEF Journalists' Colloquium.

    The Colloquium, ‘Crisis Reporting: the Role of Asian and European Media’, will take place on 4-6 November in Luxembourg. The selected 30 participants from 30 ASEM countries are chosen through a Call for Applications.

    ASEF would like to thank everyone who applied and will stay connected with them for future collaborations.

    Participants

     

  • A Media Handbook for professional and aspiring journalists as well as for media organisations will be developed based on the discussions from the 10th ASEF Journalists’ Colloquium. This publication will feature best practices based on crisis reporting experiences in Asia and Europe. It will be a practical everyday guide for effective crisis reporting.

    The Handbook will be launched early next year. Sign up now to receive a free copy once it's available.
    ASEF Media Handbook

  • Q. Crisis reporting and disaster preparedness are high on Luxembourg’s agenda. Why is this a priority for Luxembourg and what lessons does it hold for ASEM countries?

    For Luxembourg, disaster risk reduction (DRR) is an essential element to ensure sustainable development. On average, over 200 million people worldwide are affected by disasters each year and economic losses are growing exponentially. Our commitment to DRR is a longstanding investment in building a safer world for everyone. Since 2006 Luxembourg has allocated at least 5% of its annual budget for humanitarian affairs to prevention, disaster preparedness and risk mitigation programmes. Luxembourg consistently supports the coordination work undertaken by the United Nations Secretariat of the International Strategy for Disaster Reduction.

    With the devastating earthquake that struck Haiti in 2010, Luxembourg took the initiative to strengthen its disaster preparedness capacities by setting up a mobile satellite telecommunication platformEmergency.lu. Established as a public-private partnership, the platform has, since its launch in 2011, been at the disposal of the humanitarian community, to ensure access to communication via satellite in affected areas, in the immediate aftermath of catastrophes or conflicts. The Emergency.lu toolkit has been deployed in 2013 in the Philippines as a response to the devastation of Typhoon Haiyan and more recently in Eastern Africa in response to the Ebola crisis.    

    Luxembourg has showcased Emergency.lu at the ASEM Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction and Management held in Hanoi in November 2013 and at the ASEM Roundtable on Innovations in Technologies for Disaster Rescue Efforts held in New Delhi in December 2014 and it will be introduced at the 10th ASEF Journalists’ Colloquium, which will take place on the side-lines of the ASEM FMM12. As an additional evidence of its commitment to mitigate the impact of disasters, Luxembourg has joined the ASEM initiative of areas of tangible cooperation on Disaster Management and Mitigation, Building Rescue and Relief Capacities, Technologies and Innovation in Rescue Equipment & Techniques.   

    To read the full interview click here

  • ASEF is pleased to invite practicing journalists from ASEM countries who are experienced in covering crises and disasters to apply for the 10th ASEF Journalists’ Colloquium on Crisis Reporting: the Role of Asian and European Media.

    The Colloquium will be held from 4-6 November 2015 in Luxembourg on the sidelines of the 12th ASEM Foreign Ministers’ Meeting. Travel subsidies and other conference-related expenses will be provided. More information and submission guidelines can be found under the Call for Applications.

    Deadline for applications is on Sunday, 17 May 2015.

  • Role of Media During Crisis

    Published on 04 Mar 2015

    Media plays a key role during any humanitarian crisis situation. When populations are struggling for basic needs and rights, media reporting can provide relevant and reliable information, with which people have better chances to survive an immediate crisis.

     

    However, reporting during crisis is not easy: the situation is urgent and often chaotic; time is short. Local media organisations and journalists themselves may well be affected by the crisis or could be in life-threatening situations while reporting.

     

    The way in which local and international media respond to emergency situations are quite radically different. Local media need to provide immediate, detailed information to cater to the needs of local audiences – information about immediate casualties and survivors, share sources of nearby aid, alert any potential threat. International media, in contrast, serve international awareness, informing global audiences about the current situation and its impact on the local population and on the outside world.

     

    During the 10th ASEF Journalists’ Colloquium on “Crisis Reporting: the Role of Asian and European Media”, about 25 journalists along with media experts from ASEM countries will be sharing their experiences in dealing with local and international crisis situations. Some recent incidents will be analysed from Asian and European perspectives.

     

    The Call for Applications will be launched in April. Stay updated through ASEF eNewsletter and social media platforms.

  • The media plays a vital role before, during and after a crisis. This includes notifying of risks, educating people, communicating accurate information to ensure adequate preparedness, collecting and sharing information about damage, alerting government and relief organisations to people’s needs, and influencing society’s response to the crisis.

    The 10th ASEF Journalists’ Colloquium will focus on crisis reporting. The colloquium will be organised in conjunction with the 12th ASEM Foreign Ministers’ Meeting (ASEM FMM12) in November 2015 in Luxembourg.

    The recommendations from the colloquium will be published as a handbook, which will be the 2nd in the ASEF Media Handbook series. The handbook will be a ready reference on crisis reporting for Asian and European journalists.

    More information on the programme and details about participation will follow in coming months.

Partners

  • Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung
  • Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg
ASEF's contribution is with the financial support of the European Commission.