OWM Global Reporting Summit 2021 (12-13 October)

30.09.2021 Крыніца: oneworldmedia.org.uk

One World Media’s annual global reporting summit returns, bringing the international journalism community together to explore the most pressing challenges and solutions facing our industry.

Join us as experts all over the world take a deep dive into the realities of reporting on the most crucial and long-running stories of a generation – the climate, covid and refugee crisis – all against the backdrop of increasing threats to press freedom.

The entire two-day event will be available online, and a select number of ticket holders will also be able to attend the second day’s sessions in person at the Frontline Club in London.


DAY ONE • Tuesday, 12 October (Online)

The Age of Adaptation: How international newsrooms have pivoted to face the pandemic | 11:00 – 12:00 (UTC+1)

Newsrooms from across the world will discuss how the pandemic has impacted their reporting. We’ll hear insights into the new and improved practices that have emerged from necessity and how they continue to report on long-running stories like the climate, covid and refugee crisis.


  • Victoria Bridges - Acting Director, One World Media (chair)

  • Irving Huerta - Investigative Journalist, Connectas

  • Wale Lawal - Editor-in-Chief, The Republic

  • Tim Singleton - Head of International News, Sky News


Who Gets To Tell The Story? | 13:00 – 14:00 (UTC+1)

Stories shape our world, so it matters how they're told. Join us for three exclusive keynotes from our special guest speakers, each exploring the power of perspective:

  • The End of the Foreign Correspondent? - Heba Aly, The New Humanitarian - In the last year, many media organisations have been trying to improve racial justice and representation within their newsrooms. But what does that look like on the global scale? How does international journalism challenge the power structures embedded in the production of news? In this keynote, Heba Aly, CEO at The New Humanitarian will share her vision of how media outlets can decolonise their coverage of the global south.

  • Activism vs. Journalism - Muna & Mohamed Alkurd, Middle East Eye - Outspoken Palestinian siblings, Muna & Mohamed Alkurd will explore the differences (and similarities) between their work as both activists and journalists. They will discuss the risks taken by those reporting on the ground and how international media platforms can work to better protect them.

  • How influential is media in defining Africa’s story? - Moky Makura, Africa No Filter - The Economist’s frequently cited; ‘Africa the hopeless continent’ cover of 2000 was a powerful testament to the influence of media in shaping opinions about the continent. But have perceptions changed since then? And what is the media’s role in retelling the story?


Podcast Production Masterclass: People Fixing The World | 14:30 – 15:30 (UTC+1)

The BBC’s People Fixing The World podcast team will take us behind the scenes of this award-winning series. From seaweed farmers fighting the climate crisis in Zanzibar to the scientists preventing dengue fever in Colombia, we’ll hear what makes a great solutions-based story and the secrets to producing this fascinating weekly podcast.


  • Anna Doble - Digital Editor, BBC World Service, English

  • Alison Gee - Editor, People Fixing The World & Newscast


Reporting Crisis with Compassion: A trauma-informed approach to supporting refugee storytellers | 16:00 – 17:00 (UTC+1)

In partnership with British Red Cross

Experts from the media and NGO sector will guide you through this practical toolkit to using collaborative work techniques to inform your reporting on the migrant and refugee crisis.


  • Rebecca Gilbert - Head of News, British Red Cross (chair)

  • Nadja Drost - PBS Newshour Correspondent

  • Jo Healey - BBC journalist & author of Trauma Reporting

  • Darshna Soni - Home Affairs Correspondent, Channel 4 News

  • Voices Network Ambassador



DAY TWO • Wednesday, 13 October (Online & London)

Welcome address from Samir Shah, Chair of One World Media | 14.00 - 14.05


Forced to Flee: What next for exiled journalists? | 14:05 – 15:05 (UTC+1)

As the threat to press freedom rises and those who report the truth are increasingly forced to flee their homes, we’ll hear from exiled journalists who have had to rebuild their lives and careers, and discuss what more the media industry can do to support them.


  • Dania Akkad - Middle East Eye (chair)

  • Vivienne Francis - Refugee Journalism Project

  • Osama Gaweesh - Editor-in-Chief, Egypt Watch


Meet The Commissioners: How to keep the climate crisis on the front page | 15:15 – 16:15 (UTC+1)

As COP26 looms, we’ll be talking to top commissioners from the likes of Al Jazeera and BBC to hear how to keep the climate crisis at the top of the news agenda and the innovative approaches they hope to see in a pitch.


  • Sam Sutaria - Head of Strategy, WaterBear Network (chair)

  • Amanda Burrell - Executive Producer, Earthrise Al Jazeera

  • Philippa Nuttall - Environment and Sustainability Editor, The New Statesman

  • Harriet Oliver - Editor, BBC World Service (Africa Youth Programmes / Digital Content)


Challenging The Western Lens On Global Reporting | 16:15 – 17:00 (UTC+1)

David Hearst in conversation with Dr Dalia Fahmy

Join us for this timely discussion as we explore how western media coverage of international events has shaped perceptions of the people at the heart of the stories. How do we challenge this western liberal perspective and the assumption of a moral right to intervene? What does this say about us, and how is this changing?


  • David Hearst - Editor-in-Chief, Middle East Eye

  • Dr Dalia Fahmy - Associate Professor of Political Science, Long Island University


Networking Drinks at the Frontline Club, London | 17:00 (UTC+1)


More info:

All sessions will be available online via a Vimeo Livestream or Zoom webinar.

Day two of the One World Media Global Reporting Summit 2021 will be hosted at the Frontline Club in London. If you wish to attend these events in person, please ensure you purchase the London Event Pass.

Standard covid safety measures will be in place at the Frontline Club:

  • Hand sanitiser will be available at the venue

  • Socially distanced seating will be in place

  • We recommend that guests wear a face mask

  • We advise all guests to take a lateral flow test 24 hours before the event

If you have any questions or access requirements, please contact us on contact@oneworldmedia.org.uk in advance of the event.


Discounted Tickets:

Discounted student tickets are available at £9 to those currently in education.

To encourage equal opportunities, we also have a limited number of discounted tickets available for underrepresented groups (people of colour, ethnic groups, women, LGBTQ+, or people with disabilities) and low-income participants. Discounted tickets are allocated to selected applicants.

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