What Happens when the Reporters Leave?

Telling the World's Stories



Proudly appearing as part of the Melbourne Writers Festival's 'Big Ideas' series:
We’re used to international news media bringing developing crises into our homes – conflict, famine, corrupt governance, military atrocities - reports of what is happening in countries somewhere else in the world. But what about people living in countries without an independent media - what does this mean for women and men in these countries who are struggling to have their voices heard?

In Burma, politicians have participated in talk-back radio for the first time. Laos and Cambodia are discovering the strength of the voice of the ordinary person and countries in the Pacific are learning how to operate an independent media. The explosion of social media and the blogosphere is creating new opportunities for citizens to participate in discussions in real time and in new ways, when previously they didn’t get a say. But with all of this, women’s voices still struggle to be heard and in many places, oppressive regimes continue to dominate.

For democracy to work you need a media that speaks with the voice of the people. So what changes once people start telling their own stories rather than having others report about them? And what is the difference between media as a public relations tool and media as a tool for long term and sustainable change?

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  • Venue BMW Edge Theatre,
  • Date & time 28/08/2012 6:30:00 PM


Andy Carvin on journalism on twitter
Andy Carvin on the personal risks of citizen journalism
Domenic Friguglietti on how media affects a countries development
Domenic Friguglietti on sustained change and journalism
Margaret Simons on the empty chair
Seda Douglas on a method of remote journalism
Seda Douglas on not having a free media