Back in Bonn after attending the NewsXchange Conference in Berlin and there's much to distill.
All of the major presentations were strong and well produced. However, sometimes you could see delegates holding back and only offering their public voice in discussions and perhaps it's to be expected in a competitive field such as media. By far the most interesting was the discussion on Journalism Held Hostage. To hear the BBC's Alan Johnston tell of his ordeal in Gaza was quite remarkable.
Sobering to consider not only how many journalists have been killed this year but there are many that are still held hostage. Thankfully there are media industry advocates such as the International News Saftey Institute . I hope they work on some sort of industry wide network that might offer assistance when journalists are kidnapped - particularly to offer help for freelance journalists.
Richard Gizbert from Al Jazeera's The Listening Post probed Youtube and the Impact of Internet Video on Global Politics. Here we saw some strong ideas on where user generated content is going for broadcasters and how internet video is influencing politics. I interviewed Andrew Keen of Cult of the Amateur fame earlier this month and it was interesting to see him tackle Peter Walker from Google/Youtube during the panel discussion. France 24 seem to be quite working quite diligently on verifying video they track down from various sources on the web too.
On a more general level, I got the sense that adapting to the developments in multimedia journalism, and understanding how people are turning to new forms of internet/mobile distributed video, is a struggle for some of the big media players. Agility is not their strong point, and some execs (and TV journalists) still having trouble 'logging in'.
Gadget of the conference was Telcast/Earth TV's double cam. This video via What Caught My Eye.