Sharing solutions: World Media Forum begins in Bonn

Sharing solutions: World Media Forum begins in Bonn

The Global Media Forum, organized by the German international broadcaster Deutsche Welle (DW), has begun in the city of Bonn.

The conference brings together journalists and heads of media companies from around the world to deliberate on best practices in journalism. It also allows the DW team to interact with its distribution partners around the world.

During a dinner on Sunday, June 16 at the Bonner Ruder-Verein, DW’s director of sales and distribution, Petra Schneider, stressed that this year’s conference should focus on finding solutions to the many challenges facing journalism today.

Amid a global economic crisis and advertising budget cuts, journalism around the world has become more difficult than ever. “Whatever obstacles we face, I am confident that together we can find solutions,” Schneider said.

“It is a time of multiple crises for journalism. Every crisis poses a multitude of challenges, leading to a high risk of resignation and overwhelm. To ensure the long-term future of the profession, we must engage in problem-solving, strategizing, and collective action,” the program outline states.

“From AI to journalist safety, from the climate crisis to war reporting, and from platform diversification to news fatigue, let’s explore existing initiatives in journalism practices around the world. What solutions already exist?

The conference will also examine democracy and its impact on media practice and explore why journalism is not activism.

In a world with pockets of authoritarianism, the meeting will spend time defending free access to online information under authoritarian governments.

The program is set in the historic city of Bonn, birthplace of classical music icon Ludwig van Beethoven and capital of West Germany from 1949 to 1990.

The western German city straddles the Rhine River. It is known for the central Beethoven House, a monument and museum that pays homage to the composer’s birthplace.

Nearby are Bonn Cathedral, a church with a Romanesque cloister and Gothic elements, the pink and gold Altes Rathaus, or Old Town Hall, and Poppelsdorf Palace, which houses a mineralogical museum.

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