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Thursday, 19 December 2013

IPI’s News Innovation Platform to host Digital Media Event in Johannesburg

Storify co-founder to address journalists, academics at day-long Johannesburg event 

VIENNA, Dec. 16, 2013 – The International Press Institute (IPI)’s News Innovation Platform (IPI-NIP) will host a one-day symposium on digital media, with a focus on sustainability, on Jan. 20, 2014 in Johannesburg, South Africa.

The event, titled “ChallengeSSS of the New Age” will consist of three components: “Sustainability”, “Security” and “Self-Regulation”.

“Sustainability” will feature an interview with Burt Herman, co-founder of Storify and founder of Hacks/Hackers. “Security” will include a workshop on digital security for journalists, facilitated by Danny O’Brian, international director of the Electronic Frontier Foundation. “Self-Regulation” will feature a panel discussion on online media regulation, moderated by award-winning journalist Gwen Lister, with the participation of veteran media practitioners from Tanzania, Kenya and South Africa.

Participation in ChallengeSSS of the New Age is free of charge, but spaces are limited. Register here today, or go to www.ipinewsinnovation.org.

The Johannesburg event follows a successful IPI-NIP event in September 2013 at the offices of The Guardian newspaper in London. Several winners of IPI’s News Innovation Contest, a project funded by Google Inc., shared their winning projects live with approximately 100 people who were present in the audience and with viewers around the world via a Google+ Hangout On Air.

A number of News Innovation Contest winners will also participate in the Johannesburg event, which will feature live Twitter feeds, using the hashtag #IPINIP.

The Vienna-based IPI is a global network of editors, media executives and leading journalists from more than 120 countries dedicated to furthering and safeguarding press freedom, protecting freedom of opinion and expression, promoting the free flow of news and information and improving the practices of journalism.

IPI-NIP seeks to initiate and promote a dynamic media stakeholder dialogue on the topic of digital innovation and sustainability. Central to this process are the experiences of IPI’s News Innovation Contest winners. To join the conversation, go to www.ipinewsinnovation.org, follow us on Twitter at @ipinewsplatform or like us on Facebook.

Contact:

Javier Luque Martinez
Jluque@freemedia.at
Spiegelgasse 2/29
1010 Vienna
AUSTRIA
+43 (1) 512 9011
+43 676 733 7202

 
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