Did Facebook, YouTube and Twitter bring down the political regimes in Tunisia and Egypt? What are the implications when WikiLeaks publish xx.xxx cables about US diplomatic practices throughout the world? And what is the role of Al Jazeera in the Middle East?
Here in the Valley everyone is always busy spotting the newest trends or coming up with the next groundbreaking technology. But sometimes we need to look behind the innovations and explore how they affect the society they are brought into. The landscape of news is a very interesting example of this: the recent years’ innovations in media platforms and technologies have led to an immense and diverse availability of news. And the question is: How do these new technologies shape the conditions for international news, and what happens to the roles of journalists and audiences?
On March 17th to 18th Danish and US innovators from journalism, academia, and business will speak on boundary-crossing news, audiences, and technology at a conference at the University of California, Berkeley in order to explore the future conditions for international news.
A Media Landscape in Transition
The media landscape is facing fundamental changes; traditional audience constellations and forms of usage known from analogue broadcasting are challenged by new technologies and media platforms. News events and global issues such as climate change, economics and warfare, are no longer necessarily filtered through specific local, regional or national news outlets.
This also changes the roles of journalists and audiences. We have seen it in recent events in the Middle East where social media platforms such as Twitter played an important role as news outlets providing news live from the streets without the mediation of journalists.
In these settings where traditional rules and routines do not necessarily apply we are forced to rethink the framework and consider the possibilities and challenges it brings about, especially of accountability and transparency – WikiLeaks being the obvious case.
All these topics will be up for discussion at our conference Crossing Boundaries. We still have some seats available, so sign up and join the debate. We look forward to exploring the future of international news with you!
You can read more about the conference and our speakers at the Crossing Boundaries website.