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12th ASEF Journalists' Seminar (ASEFJS12)

Media Trust & Information in the Digital Age (Working Title)

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December 2019 Gemma LUENGO Communications Department ASEF Journalists' Seminar Media

Madrid, Spain

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Following up on the theme of the 9th ASEF Editors’ Roundtable (ASEFERT9) - “Exploring the Battlefronts of 'Fake News': A Tripartite Approach to the Fight Against Misinformation” - the 12th ASEF Journalists’ Seminar (ASEFJS12) will continue along the same path by focusing on media trust and information.

Today’s media climate is characterised by uncertainty, not least of all in terms of trustworthiness. It has become necessary for the public to regularly question all sources of information (media, governments, businesses, social networks, etc.) and think critically about how digital technology and social media platforms themselves can be conduits of information disorder.

With the focus on the topic of misinformation in the recent past, there is an increasing demand for media sources that are trustworthy. This is exemplified by the numerous media literacy initiatives that have been launched by governments and civil society organisations around the world. On the other hand, journalists too have a role to play in the fight against dis- and misinformation, by equipping themselves with modern tools of fact-checking and social media verification.

ASEFJS12 will therefore explore how a trust-based approach to reporting can be adopted and strengthened by news media organisations and journalists. This is to help shape positive perceptions among ASEM societies of the value that Asia-Europe relationships presents.


As a primarily training-oriented event, ASEFJS12 will adopt a module-based approach focused on maximising benefits and encouraging tangible takeaways. The event will feature a dynamic format, combining different modules and their related sub-topics to curate a productive educational programme for all participants involved. The overall aim is to address journalists' needs and challenges by providing them with the tools needed to tackle disinformation in the digital age.


The proposed modules follow a structure that first establishes a common understanding of the nature and magnitude of threats to modern journalism, while carefully setting demarcations to keep within realistic boundaries. Expert views and innovative tools will be used to show exemplary journalistic practices that serve as credible alternatives to that make it possible for media to be considered trustworthy.

Prior to the event, participants will be given the opportunity to propose to host a presentation of a project or initiative they have been involved in. Some presentations will be selected, and these participants will be given the chance to share their initiative with the others.

Synergy with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs)

Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 16 seeks to "Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels". Target 16.10 aims to "Ensure public access to information and protect fundamental freedoms, in accordance with national legislation and international agreements".

It is with this principle of public access to information that the Journalists’ Seminar is organised.


  • Casa Asia
  • Agencia EFE

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