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  • 1. Youth and New Media,a productive partnership?
    Maria Laura Franciosi
    J@YS President
  • 2. RésidencePalace
    Association des Journalistes Professionnels
    Vlaamse Vereniging van Beroepsjournalisten
    International Press Association
    European Journalism Centre
    National Union of Journalists
    International Federation of Journalists
  • 3. J@YS engagement with the media
    Practical Information for journalists in Brussels and Belgium
    Regular briefings, debates and events of interest to the media
    Facilitating access to the major national and international political institutions
    Advice on legal, financial, professional and union issues
    Publication of Reporting Brussels a contact guide to European institutions and other bodies
  • 4. Briefings for newcomers
    Free of charge
    Twice a year
    Topics include:
    -EU information sources
    - Authors’ rights
    - Protection of sources
    - Status of freelance journalists
    - Belgian taxation/social security
  • 5. Our
    Visit us:
    International Press Centre (IPC) Résidence Palace (Metro Schuman) 155 rue de la Loi, Bloc C 1040 Brussels
    Telephone: +32 (0)2 235 22 54 Fax: +32 (0)2 235 23 45
  • 6. The Media in Brussels
    • 1000 international journalists, 15,000 lobbyists (maybe more) 30,000 EU civil servants
    • 7. How does the media find and organise information?
    • 8. The internet’s contribution to the media
    • 9. The media’s contribution to the internet
    • 10. The European Commission and the media
  • Media in EU-rope
    Crisis in the European media: newspapers closing, fewer jobs for journalists, growth of freelancing
    Brussels also is not immune. Only a few years ago there were 1400 accredited journalists now there are 1000
    “Selling” Europe: Euro-spin and Euro-spam
    23 official languages in the EU: a media Babel
    Impact of lobbies on the media
    Corporate activities
  • 11. Media in the world
    Media crisis is now global
    New forms of communication are being created: but can they be called media?
    What does media mean? Information, learning, or message and spin?
    Media and development: do they go hand in hand? (The case of Video Volunteers)
    Challenges for journalists: risks for the audacious. Last year, journalists including Russian ones killed for their work reached a new peak
  • 12. Difficulties young people face in trying to change the (internet) world
    None or poorly paid jobs
    Difficulty in making their voices heard
    Risks to privacy
    False sense of power
    Exploited by corporations through advertising
  • 13. What impact have tools such as Twitter, Odnoklassniki and Facebook had on communication and social organisation?
    Such tools provide communication but not information
    Lowering standards and reliability
    Broadening participation: good or bad?
    Emphasis on speed: good or bad?
    Less analysis / more superficiality
    Advertising and business tainting journalism
    More bias / less objectivity
    Less original content / more “churnalism”
    MORE transparency / openness accountability or LESS
  • 14. Strategies for using the internet to communicate with and mobilize young people
    Leave Internet open (standards, interfaces etc)
    Guarantee Net neutrality
    Encourage self-expression in an original way
    Reach across continents to other young people
    Learn how other people live
    BUT: guarantee security and privacy
  • 15. Optimising internet use in areas with low access
    Use the most innovative technologies (tlc, satellites, wifi, portable smart phones, e.g., the case of South Korea)
    Develop social networks by creating valuable content
    Engage citizens through e.g., “Gov.2.0” in political life in a period when more and more people are disenchanted with politics
    Encourage politicians to listen to what people say
    The results will be a shift of Internet power from developed to developing regions of the world
  • 16. The evolution of internet technologies and trends in internet access
    Tim Berners-Lee, the father of the Internet wrote that,
    "If we don't have the ability to understand the web as it's now emerging, we will end up with things that are very bad …...
    Certain undemocratic habits could emerge and misinformation will start spreading over the web …...
    Studying these forces and the way they're affected by the underlying technology is one of the things that we think are really important“
    Healso insisted that:
    “disciplines are going to have to converge”
    “there is a great need for people that really understand the medium from both the technological and social side”.
    “web science isn't sufficiently widespread in the universities”
  • 17. How will new internet technologies and increased internet access impact parties, NGOs, media and civil society as a whole?
    Internet is changing the face of political communication
    Civil society is becoming more active and ready to use new communicating tools to exchange ideas
    Media must keep abreast of internet developments in order to be pro-active and not subordinate to trends
  • 18. Potential limitations to effective internet use?
    Propagandistic use by terrorists
    Disinformation that generates dangerous reactions (the Uygurs case)
    Monopolistic media domination
    Linguistic domination
    Low media standards
  • 19. Potential negative consequences of increased communications through internet technology
    Changing the face of journalism
    Professional standards lost and replaced by unconfirmed rumours, gossip and chit-chat
    No more reasoned analysis
    An undermining of investigative journalism
    Citizens journalism, a dangerous slope
    Citizens-led journalism, a possible solution
  • 20. Citizens Consultations
    The future is in the hands of citizens, not politicians
    how can citizens have an impact on the political scene?
    Is the ballot box the only answer?
    Will electronic voting, new communication technologies and web-based campaigning increase the risk of rigging?
    Let’s discuss this !!