2011: Media and Power

The end of 2000 and the beginning of 2011 saw the role of media in global politics thrust to the top of the agenda. WikiLeaks took on the most powerful government on the planet, while a mix of social media and broadcast news helped fan the flames of revolution across the Middle East.

This conference looked at how the news media has become networked. Speakers included Helen Boaden, Director of BBC News, Krishnan Guru-Murthy from Channel 4 News, Peter Horrocks, Head of BBC World Service, and a range of international speakers from across Europe and the Middle East.

Some topics included WikiLeaks and the Middle East Uprisings, as well as exploring the questions if newspapers are still powerful? Where are the new watchdogs? How do you build media for democracy? What do we need to know for an informed society?

It was a conference with big ideas but also the practical skills we need as journalists and the real world problems we face.

The conference was in partnership with the BBC College of Journalism (part of the BBC Academy), the European Broadcasting Union and the Thomson Foundation, one of the world’s leaders in media training and development.

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Videos of most of the sessions are available below via the playlist.