The Global Forum for Media Development (GFMD), together with the Press Council and Multimedia Nusantara University (UMN), will organize the World Forum for Media Development (WFMD) on September 20-22, 2016. This forum will be attended by around 500 participants from 62 countries, covering journalists, academics, practitioners and media activists. The entire series of conferences and meetings will be held at the Multimedia Nusantara University campus, Serpong
Taking the main theme “Decoding the Future: Rethinking Media for a New World,” the forum is expected to be a vehicle for sharing experiences, ideas, knowing the latest communication technology, and discussing research results. The forum will also be directed at offering practical solutions to new challenges in the media industry, such as the ability to cover, access information and protect journalists. This forum will also discuss the role of the media in countering the agenda of radical groups, observe media trends in the Asian region, and initiates various innovations offered by new media.
Leon Willems, Chairman of the Global Forum for Media for Development, said that Jakarta is an ideal place to discuss the latest media trends. “Apart from being a symbol of a successful democratic transition, Jakarta is also known to be very fast in adopting information technology, such as social media, to voice public rights and political participation. Jakarta is at the crossroads of various religions and cultures, and is at the center of economic growth from various sectors.”
Meanwhile, Yosep Adi Prasetyo, chairman of the Press Council said that holding the WFMD in Jakarta was an achievement for Indonesia. Through this World Forum, there would be a forum for journalists, academics and media activists in Indonesia to discuss in depth issues on journalism in Indonesia in the international arena. “We hope to get perspectives and comparisons regarding media independence, media conglomeration, the development of social media, the effects of digital technology development, and the issue of terrorism.”
Furthermore, Multimedia Nusantara University is honored to be the host of an international event, as stated by the UMN Rector, Dr. Ninok Leksono, Wednesday (14/9). “This event is held at the right time, in which the media industry is being hit by a tsunami of digital media, traditional media is being challenged by digital media, a phenomenon accompanied by the rise of social media and generation Y,” said Ninok.
Ninok also said that UMN not only hoped that the Jakarta World Forum would be successful and able to make important decisions and recommendations, but also to expand its network with media figures and international media experts for the progress of UMN. “As the rector, I encourage the UMN academic community, especially the Faculty of Communication Sciences to take an active role in this forum,” he explained.
World Forum for Media Development (WFMD) 2016 will present more than 80 foreign speakers, 15 of whom are from Indonesia. The discussion will be divided into five sub-themes: Media in Asia, Extremism, Media and Business, Media Audiences, and Technology. (*)
by JWF Media Relations – Multimedia Nusantara University News Service