Who is a Journalist?
Special Town Hall-Style Debate at the IPI World Congress 2013 in Amman, Jordan
VIENNA, 25 Jan, 2013 – In today's digital world, almost anyone with a computer or mobile phone can be a 'citizen reporter', sending pictures or stories to a news outlet, or reporting, analysing and disseminating information themselves. The rapid rise of the citizen journalist and the blogger raises the question of what it means to be a professional journalist if 'everyone is a journalist'. Do we need a broader definition of 'journalist'? Who should be called a journalist, and what should we call the people who collect and distribute information using social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, but don't necessarily work for a news organisation or have journalism training? It’s a hot topic in many regions of the world, with journalists falling passionately on one side or the other.
This will be among the many important topics discussed at the IPI World Congress 2013 in Amman, Jordan.
Jim Clancy, CNN anchor and correspondent, will moderate the debate on Sunday, 19 May.
Other confirmed speakers for the panel are:
- Frank La Rue, UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression
- George Hawatmeh, president, AWAN, Arab Media Consultants, Jordan
- Laura Weffer Cifuentes, journalist and author, El Nacional, Venezuela
- John Yearwood, world editor, The Miami Herald, USA
What do you think?
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