First expert meeting on Open Journalism, 5 May 2014
Small and big world news is published and debated in a seemingly never-ending stream of posts, tweets, and comments on social networking and news websites. A new type of reporting – Open Journalism – is emerging with the growing digitalization and the greater freedom it has brought.
Open Journalism is a new practice of involving the readers and using their content stirs up a variety of questions, legal, regulatory and ethical. It raises questions on how to deal with issues we attach to traditional journalism like protection of sources, access to information and editorial independence.
In 2014 the Office of the OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media will hold a series of meetings among experts, policymakers and regulators touching on the practice and terminology of Open Journalism, legal issues, accountability and regulatory challenges. The first meeting will be held in the beginning of May in Vienna.
“Open journalism is characterized by its interactive, participative and networked features, which allow for a diverse range of perspectives at different levels in the news production process.”
Dr. Tarlach McGonagle, senior researcher for the Institute for Information Law at the University of Amsterdam
The meetings will facilitate our understanding of the issues involved, best practices and possible solutions to advance and strengthen human dimension commitments. From that a series of master classes will be held in the regions to develop the skills of those involved in process, from representatives of media organizations, the online community, relevant government ministries, Internet intermediaries, legislators, lawyers and others.
“At present there is no legal framework and no international standards regulating open journalism and user-generated content (UGC).
Barbara Trionfi, Press Freedom Manager, International Press Institute
All policy papers, findings and contributions from the participants will be consolidated, together with relevant publications, in this online resource. It will be a platform for the exchange of information, experience and opinions on the topic.
All expert interviews and the opening statement by the Representative on Freedom of the Media, Dunja Mijatovic can be found here.
Interview with Jon Henley, Features Editor at The Guardian, on Open Journalism.
Interview with Tonia Samsonova, Foreign Correspondent, Radio Echo of Moscow, on Open Journalism.