REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN FOR THE 2020 ONO CONFERENCE IN COPENHAGEN
“ROBOTS, GIANTS AND VILLAINS – Challenges to Journalism from Artificial Intelligence, Technology Companies and Governments”
Copenhagen, Denmark, May 17–20, 2020
We look forward to seeing you at this year’s Conference.
Registration is now open and you can find out all you need at this link on the ONO website: https://www.newsombudsmen.org/2020-conference-registration/
CONFERENCE THEME AND TOPICS
The conference theme – Robots, Giants and Villains – is designed to encompass the many significant challenges facing news ombudsmen and standards editors in the modern journalism landscape.
Robots refers to the impact of artificial intelligence in newsrooms, and the challenges of maintaining high editorial standards in the face of growing automation and the use of AI to produce content. The conference will be looking to invite a range of speakers and panellists to address this challenge.
Giants refers to the technology giants (Facebook, Google, etc..) and the ongoing impact they are having on the creation and distribution of news. Both in Europe and elsewhere, a range of initiatives are being considered to respond to this.
Villains as a theme covers those forces around the world that are working to undermine or frustrate good journalism. In many cases, this includes governments that seek to bypass, threaten or intimidate journalists and damage the public’s trust in news organizations.
Under these over-arching themes, a range of topics are being developed, including:
- Artificial intelligence in newsrooms – how do ombudsmen and standards editors respond?
- The current media situation in specific regions, including the Baltic States, Germany, and the UK (where Brexit still dominates)
- Initiatives around the world designed to restore trust in the media
There will also, of course, be the usual ‘shop talks’ each day where members can discuss the practical, day-to-day issues that affect us all.
This is where we need your
input. We want to
ensure the shop talks are as relevant and useful and as many members as
possible can contribute, so if you have an idea for a topic then please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your ideas and suggestions.
Just a friendly reminder that membership fees are now due for the 2020 calendar year.
You should have received an invoice by now.
If you haven’t, or if you are experiencing any difficulties in payment processes, etc…., please contact ONO Executive Director Alan Sunderland at email@example.com
RECENT OMBUDSMEN DECISIONS AND OTHER NEWS:
- NPR’s Elisabeth Jensen on coverage of Native American communities
- The Hindu’s A S Panneerselvan on covering coronavirus
- Paul Chadwick’s replacement at The Guardian, Elisabeth Ribbans, introduces herself
- “Reviving Complexity in a Time of False Simplicity” – an excellent project from the Solutions Journalism Network
- An interesting BuzzFeed piece on the story behind fake news
OMBUDSMEN SURVEY COMING SOON
ONO Members will soon be receiving an email courtesy of fellow member Kathy English, the Public Editor of the Toronto Star.
Kathy is undertaking some important research at Oxford University this year into the role of ombudsmen and public editors in the media, and she is keen to get as many responses as possible to a short survey, to help inform her work.
Keep a look out for the email, and I encourage you all to take a few minutes to complete it.
Bjarne Schilling Alan Sunderland
ONO President ONO Executive Director