Tuesday, November 29, 2011
“When I am old and I look back on my life, and I see my suitcase with everything I have gathered during all those years, then my travels will be part of that, stories, writing. In a strange way, this profession makes me very happy”. (Correspondent Natalie Righton in Opzij, july 2011)

Conference on International Journalism

November 29
Pakhuis de Zwijger, Amsterdam

The profession of foreign correspondance is changing; news from all around the globe is available within seconds of time due to globalization, digitalization and endless technological possibilities. Eager newsconsumers can take notice of revolutions, riots and earthquakes as they happen. In the meantime budgets of foreign news desks are declining and newspapers and television programmes are deploying more freelance based journalists while their international network of correspondents diminishes. Are these changes contributing to the beginning of the end of international journalism? Or are these developments the perfect opportunity for the innovation of the profession of foreign journalism? Fast online newsfeeds might even increase the need for in-depth clarification, providing background information and qualitative investigative journalism. On top of this, internet gives foreign correspondents the opportunity to tell their stories in numerous ways because they are no longer bound to one single medium. Like the young correspondent Olaf Koens argues quite optimistically:

“You need to know where the niche is. And the best thing is, due to the current state of affairs within the media, there are niches everywhere. You just need to pack your backpack, learn the language and culture, book a flight and go!”

With the objective to discuss the state of affairs of international journalism and the ambition to explore the various opportunities and possibilities for the future , Lokaalmondiaal organises (together with its partnerorganisations and supported by many media organisations) a series of practical Masterclasses and the International Journalism Event, taking place on the 29th of November 2011 in Pakhuis de Zwijger in Amsterdam.