5th June 2017
By Tom Law

Challenges and opportunities for journalism online

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Challenges and opportunities for journalism online

Geneva, 16 June 2017

This workshop focused on the challenges and opportunities currently faced by news media and journalism as such in the demanding online environment. The debate covered a number of issues, including:

      • addressing potential market failures in the production of the public good of independent, professional, quality journalism;
      • securing an efficient and competitive media market place;
      • ensuring that citizens develop deeper critical media and information literacy skills necessary to navigate in the information age;
      • online journalism: preserving or redefining the role of journalists and other media actors in the online environment;
      • fact-checking and accountability in journalism;
      • mis- and disinformation disseminated on the internet, filter bubbles and other factors which are driving spread of ”fake news”;
      • public access to diversified, pluralistic information.

    The background documents for the workshop:


    Małgorzata Pęk, Council of Europe


    • Dr Alessio Cornia, Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, University of Oxford
    • Prof. Dr. Natali Helberger, Institute for Information Law (IViR), University of Amsterdam
    • Mr. Fergus Bell, First Draft News coalition, Dig Deeper Media Ltd
    • Ms. Xianhong Hu, UNESCO
    • Mr. Tom Law, Ethical Journalism Network