4M BELGRADE FORUM

JOURNALISM AND NEW MEDIA: NEW FRONTIERS

Published in 4M BELGRADE 2012

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In South-Eastern Europe, as elsewhere, the media provide a unique platform for public debate and deliver an essential service in scrutinising the ways in which power is exercised. In anticipation of the future integration into the European Union, the development of independent, transparent, professional and responsible media is actively driving the democratic processes by encouraging dialogue between civil society, politicians and government.

As such, the new media are providing a soundboard for new voices that enrich, shake up and sometimes challenge the traditional media. In response to these new challenges and in a bid to gain a foothold in a fast-changing environment, information professionals need to create new business models and gear their work practices towards this new abundant yet often disorganised information ecosystem, without losing sight of their commitment to ethical practices.

To discuss and exchange views about the prospects currently offered by the new media in the Balkans, CFI has organized a 4M Forum on 3 and 4 April 2012 in Belgrade (Serbia), entitled "Journalism and new media: new frontiers", which brought together approximately 90 participants at round-table discussions and workshops run by 30 or so professionals from France and South-Eastern Europe.

The forum was organised by CFI in partnership with IJAS (Independent Journalists' Association of Serbia) and the French Embassy in Serbia.

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