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.