14 September 2006

2nd Symposium Forum Media & Development

2nd Symposium Forum Media and Development:

- Money Matters -

How Independent Media Manage to Survive

15.-16. September, 2006
Academy Eichholz Castle / Bildungszentrum Schloss Eichholz, Wesseling

Discussions on how to support sustainability of independent media generally focus on the political conditions, the legal framework and - especially in German development cooperation - on the quality of journalistic coverage. Nevertheless, economic factors are of equal
importance, not only for the pure survival but also with respect to editorial independence and the resources available to enhance or guarantee the quality of media outlets.

What constitutes the antagonism between public mandate and market success? How can journalistic independence be reinforced in small media markets? How can the sustainability of independent media be strengthened without subsidising single companies? Which business and management models have proved to be efficient?

The symposium will analyse factors restricting or enhancing media environments. It will introduce successful business and management models and should result in concrete recommendations of how media development aid could avoid past failures and support independent media also in their endeavour to gain and sustain a sound economic basis.

In cooperation with the Forum Media and Development, the symposium will take place at the Academy Eichholz Castle (Bildungszentrum Schloss Eichholz) of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung in Wesseling.

read Full Agenda ⇐ click here.

See fotos slide show from Friday Session ⇐ click here.

See fotos slide show from Saturday Session ⇐ click here.

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