The main conferences 4M Montpellier 2013

In 13 video and click relive the main workshops and interventions that have marked the third annual 4M Montpellier 2013, from June 12 to 14.

Is Internet a credible media?

After 20 years, in the Internet reaching adulthood as an information provider? After going through all kinds of excesses in the 2000s, the web is now offering a landscape of information wich is often more comprehensive than other media: why? Does this only apply to crisis situations? Or does it depend on the specific qualities of this medium? However, the surveyes are unanimous: people increasingly turn to the Internet to acquire information...


How to open newsrooms to the public?

In the age of Web 2.0, it is impossible to imagine information in a vacuum, without the contribution of the audience. How can you open newsrooms to the public? What practices have proved effective? Is it necessary to devote a great deal of time and resources? Ultimately, what is the purpose of this approach? These questions will be tackled in the second debate by media representatives holding a significant experience in participatory journalism.

What role for bloggers and citizen journalists within newsrooms?

Although the need for a participatory journalism in online media is no longer under debate for digital editorial teams, different approaches are used to achieve it. The central question is the role to be given to bloggers, experts and simple citizens. How to include the production of the latter within online or off-line media? Should they be paid? Should they be given a specific space? What editorial control should be applied?

How to protect my sources?

Confidentially of sources is certainly one of the keystones of press freedom. In the digital age, this principle is undermined by advance in technology. Institutions, companies or journalists are all confronted to leaks. What are the methods and practices for ensuring optimum security in protection of sources?


Collaborative journalism

4M Montpellier - Thursday 13 juin 2013 - Focus
Stevan Dojcinovic, Investigative Dashboard / Serbia


Social Media and Journalism

4M Montpellier - Thursday 13 juin 2013 - Focus
Abderrahmane Semmar, Algerian special correspondent / Algeria



4M Montpellier -- Thursday 13 June 2013 - Focus
Melissa Mbugua, Ushahidi / Kenya


The new economic models

"Carte blanche" given to Emmanuel Hoog, CEO of Agence France Presse (AFP) / France
After almost a decade of relying on advertising, media are newly exploring subscription models and other experiments. Although there is no miracle for editors, the increasing number of failures (and successes) makes it possible to expose a number of good practices and business models that work.
Yet, many of successful approaches could not simply be duplicated. What lessons could be learned?


Is crowdfunding the key to journalism of the future?

Crowdfunding has contributed to financially support movies, music and books projects. Now, it is starting to be of interest to media editors. How could a crowdfunding campaign for an editorial project be launched? What are the digitial approaches at stake? Are there cultural differences in this regard, depending on the target country?


How to make a living from journalism? 

How can you sell information on the Internet as a freelance journalist? After singing the praises of the free advertising model, online media now only believe in the media paid model. Is this situation favorable to freelance journalists? Or on the contrary, does it increase job insecurity? How could media online founders control the costs of their business in this new environment?


Traditional Media: what are the digital opportunities?

After hesitating for a long time to take the digital plunge, many traditional media are now confronted to the urgent digital mutation. Some have prepared for it, for others it is already too late. Is it an irreversible process ? Does it necessarily involve radically restructuring groups prevented from moving by their habits and practices?
To answer these questions which are shared by worldwide media on all continents, the panel in this...


Tools and practices of participatory journalism: example of radio

Radio has been the media that has, for many years now, been developing methods of participatory journalism. Thanks to its flexibility and the natural interactivity that it entails, radio is thriving in the digital age. Two accounts from very different contexts shed light on this reality which is particularity well-suitd to Southern media.


How to produce innovative information?

What is the enabling environment to innovate on internet? Two very different examples are provided to this multiple answer question:
- JokkolLabs in Dakar, designed as a co-working space and an action tank, attempts to identify innovations in progress in the digital world;
- Syria Untold was designed as an aggregator of relevant sources on the current Syrian conflict.

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