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Reporting Asia in the age of COVID-19: Geopolitics, pandemics and the future of media

Is it time to rethink journalism in the world’s most populous region? At a time when media business models are being upended amid collapsing advertising revenues, the global economy is in a downward spiral and authoritarian governments continue to clamp down on free expression, mainstream media is under pressure.

The COVID-19 pandemic has shifted news priorities among audiences and reporting practices among media organisations; it has changed the parameters of traditional reporting and added new momentum to the debate over “fake news” laws and journalistic ethics.On the positive side it has spurred growth of smaller, independent and locally-focused media and driven demand for local “stringers”, to relay information and images to mainstream media hemmed in by travel restrictions. Yet, pressure is mounting on larger news organisations, which have embarked on unprecedented lay-offs and budget cuts to editorial operations — particularly in Asia. How is this affecting the quality and nature of journalism?

Join the Judith Neilson Institute, the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Thailand and the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University for a special Facebook Live event on July 23: “Reporting Asia in the age of COVID-19: Geopolitics, pandemics and the future of media”.

The journalists

Introduction by Anya Schiffrin, Director, Technology, Media and Communications specialisation, School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University, United States.


Jahnavi Sen: Deputy Editor and Executive News Producer, The Wire, India

Ardiana Hapsari: Planning Editor, CNN, Indonesia

Gemma Mendoza: Head of Research and Strategy, Rappler, Philippines

Gwen Robinson: President, Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Thailand and Editor-at-large, Nikkei Asian Review, Thailand

Prue Clarke (Moderator): Senior Executive Officer, Judith Neilson Institute for Journalism and Ideas, Australia

Tags: Asia, COVID-19
  • When

    23 July 2020
    12:00pm AEST