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.
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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.