Economic and Social Development Webinar Series: Media’s Role in A Sustainable Recovery in Asia and The Pacific


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To help journalists strengthen their coverage of a range of pressing development challenges, the Asian Development Bank and the Thomson Reuters Foundation are hosting a four-part webinar series on the Media’s Role in a Sustainable Recovery in Asia and the Pacific.Overview

With development challenges becoming ever more complex during COVID-19, the need for high-quality journalism to shed light on them has never been greater, especially in developing regions such as Asia and the Pacific.

To help journalists strengthen their coverage on a range of pressing development challenges – from climate change to digital divides and rising inequalities – the Asian Development Bank and the Thomson Reuters Foundation are hosting a four-part webinar series on the Media’s Role in a Sustainable Recovery in Asia and the Pacific.

Throughout the series, participants will learn from world-renowned experts about reporting on complex development issues in accessible and effective ways. They will also gain insights on how to increase audience engagement, leverage digital tools to enhance reporting, ensure fair coverage of vulnerable communities, and combat misinformation and online safety issues.

This is a unique opportunity for journalists in Asia and the Pacific looking to enhance their reporting and connect with experts, as well as their counterparts, in the region.

Upcoming Weekly Webinar Episodes:

Episode 1 | Racing to Survive: Media’s Challenges and Solutions, 22 March 2022

From increasing attacks on journalists to shrinking revenues, the news media is grappling with a series of existential challenges. This webinar will explore how issues affecting the news media limit its ability to cover critical topics – such as rebuilding after COVID-19 – and what can be done to address them.

Episode 2 | Building Resilience: Climate Crises and Green Transition, 29 March 2022

With Asia and the Pacific more vulnerable to climate change than other regions of the world, this webinar will unpack how journalists can strengthen their climate coverage in the region and inform the public on how their governments are following through on their climate promises.  

Episode 3 | Tackling Inequality: Inclusion and Empowerment, 5 April 2022

The pandemic has unleashed, amongst other things, an economic tsunami that is hitting the most vulnerable the hardest, especially in Asia and the Pacific. This webinar will examine ways to bolster journalists’ reporting on rising socio-economic inequalities, with a specific focus on how news media can give voice to the vulnerable, combat gender biases, and ensure diversity within newsrooms.

Episode 4 | Bridging Divides: Digital Literacy and Tech Access, 12 April 2022

With COVID-19 exacerbating the digital divide, this webinar will explore whether online opportunities are reaching everyone equally, and how journalists can strengthen their coverage of digital inequalities.  

Time for each webinar episode: 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM SGT, 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM GMT  

NOTE: If you have difficulty registering, please email trfmedia@thomsonreuters.com with the episode title in the subject line.

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