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12th ASEF Journalists' Seminar (ASEFJS12)

Media Trust & Information in the Digital Age

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13-14 December 2019 Gemma LUENGO Communications Department ASEF Journalists' Seminar Media

Madrid, Spain

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The call for applications has been closed!
Thank you for your applications.
The results will be announced to all applicants from 30 September onwards.



Following up on the theme of the 9th ASEF Editors’ Roundtable (ASEFERT9) - “Exploring the Battlefronts of 'Fake News': A Tripartite Approach to the Fight Against Misinformation” - the 12th ASEF Journalists’ Seminar (ASEFJS12) will continue along the same path by focusing on media trust and information.

Today’s media climate is characterised by uncertainty, not least of all in terms of trustworthiness. It has become necessary for the public to regularly question all sources of information (media, governments, businesses, social networks, etc.) and think critically about how digital technology and social media platforms themselves can be conduits of information disorder.

With the focus on the topic of misinformation in the recent past, there is an increasing demand for media sources that are trustworthy. This is exemplified by the numerous media literacy initiatives that have been launched by governments and civil society organisations around the world. On the other hand, journalists too have a role to play in the fight against dis- and misinformation, by equipping themselves with modern tools of fact-checking and social media verification.

ASEFJS12 will therefore explore how a trust-based approach to reporting can be adopted and strengthened by news media organisations and journalists. This is to help shape positive perceptions among ASEM societies of the value that Asia-Europe relationships presents.



As a primarily training-oriented event, ASEFJS12 will adopt a module-based approach focused on maximising benefits and encouraging tangible takeaways. The event will feature a dynamic format, combining different modules and their related sub-topics to curate a productive educational programme for all participants involved. The overall aim is to address journalists' needs and challenges by providing them with the tools needed to tackle disinformation in the digital age.



The proposed modules follow a structure that first establishes a common understanding of the nature and magnitude of threats to modern journalism, while carefully setting demarcations to keep within realistic boundaries. Expert views and innovative tools will be used to show exemplary journalistic practices that serve as credible alternatives to that make it possible for media to be considered trustworthy.

Prior to the event, participants will be given the opportunity to propose to host a presentation of a project or initiative they have been involved in. Some presentations will be selected, and these participants will be given the chance to share their initiative with the others.


Synergy with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs)

Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 16 seeks to "Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels". Target 16.10 aims to "Ensure public access to information and protect fundamental freedoms, in accordance with national legislation and international agreements".

It is with this principle of public access to information that the Journalists’ Seminar is organised.


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Project Updates

  • Agenda

    Published on 15 Aug 2019

    As a primarily training-oriented event, the 12th ASEF Journalists’ Seminar (ASEFJS12) will explore how a trust-based approach to reporting can be adopted and strengthened by media organisations and journalists in Asia & Europe.

    The 2-day training-oriented event will bring together young journalists and media professionals from ASEF Partner countries. The programme aims to address journalists’ needs and challenges by providing them with the tools needed to tackle disinformation in the digital age.

    Through expert trainers’ presentations, panel discussions, case studies from participants’ countries and examination of the latest innovative media tools, participants will acquire the necessary skills to create their own initiatives at home.


    Module 1

    Media Trust & Information in the Digital Age

    This module will deal primarily with the challenge of tackling online information disorder (misinformation, disinformation and mal-information).

    Module 2

    Sources & Fact-Checking

    In this module, participants will dive into the tools & methods used in fact-checking, data accuracy, source verification.

    Module 3

    Social Media & Digital Content

    Module 3 addresses social media, particularly user-generated content, modified photo & video content, and AI in digital content.

    Case Study & Panel

    Exchange of Asia-Europe Values & Experiences

    Participants will be asked to present a project or initiative they have been involved in, based on submissions received before the event.

    Additional Programme

    14th ASEM Foreign Ministers’ Meeting (ASEMFMM14)

    The organisers will assist in applying for accreditation for ASEMFMM14 on 15-16 December 2019.

    Participants will have the chance to provide media coverage for ASEMFMM14 side events such as ASEM Cultural Festival (#ASEMfest) and 9th Model ASEM.

  • Venues

    Published on 15 Aug 2019

    Agencia EFE

    Avd. de Burgos, 8-B. 28036

    Madrid, Spain


  • Call for Applications

    Published on 15 Aug 2019

    The Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) welcomes applications for the 12th ASEF Journalists’ Seminar (ASEFJS12), to be held on 13-14 December 2019 in Madrid, Spain. ASEFJS12 is a side event of the 14th ASEM Foreign Ministers' Meeting (ASEMFMM14).

    ASEFJS12 is a training-oriented event that offers young journalists from Asia and Europe the chance to come together to share their professional media experiences and perspectives from national and regional levels.

    The event, themed ‘Media Trust & Information in the Digital Age’, is aimed at providing young journalists with the tools needed to thrive in an uncertain media climate.



    Applicants must:

    • be under 35 years old
    • be a citizen of an ASEM Partner country
    • be currently employed as a journalist or media professional (traditional media, online media, freelance are all eligible)
    • have experience and/or projects on the topic of media trust, misinformation and disinformation

    Important Dates

    Deadline for applications: 16 September 2019. Applicants will be informed of the results from 30 September 2019 onwards


    How to Apply?

     Please apply through this form.

  • Moderators & Speakers

    Published on 04 Apr 2019


  • Participants

    Published on 04 Apr 2019