29 November from 9.30 to 11.30 - Room 9 - Palais de l'Europe

Interpretation: FR/EN/ES


Can harnessing collective intelligence and knowledge make media a more constructive and relevant participant in the democratic debate? The Guardian believes it can.

The Guardian Global Citizen Journalism Programme

The Guardian Global Citizen Journalism Programme discovers and develops the best writing talent among oppressed and marginalised communities around the world. Through training, support and dissemination it educates, empowers and amplifies the voices of these people and bring to the attention of a global audience previously unheard stories. The Guardian works with communities to develop stories and help provide solutions to some of the most affecting social, political, and environmental issues of today. By empowering disadvantaged people through journalism they hope to achieve real social progress in their communities.


Mr Yasir MIRZA, Head of Diversity & Inclusion, Guardian News & Media

Yasir Mirza is Head of Diversity & Inclusion at Guardian News & media, and works across all areas of the business, including editorial, commercial, recruitment, and development. He has overall responsibility for ensuring that on an editorial level, the Guardian better reflects the values of independence and inclusiveness, by not only ensuring a broader diversity of voices to be heard within the papers and websites, but that the Guardian's editorial coverage accurately reflects the diverse societies we live in today. Yasir Mirza started out as a freelance consultant and trainer working for various public and private sector organisations.


ARD News 

Since 2011 ARD News has found a new way to interact and connect with its audience through social media. ARD news uses its presence on platforms such as Facebook, Twitter or Google+ to not only provide the users with the most relevant news stories of the day, but to also hear back from its audience, to receive new ideas for coverage or new topics that so far were not discussed in the media. Users are encouraged to give their views on certain topics of the day (which then will be presented on TV ) or ask their question to guests of the ARD news programme. Reporters are encouraged to use crowdsourcing through social media to get a different start for their story, while ARD News values the help of social media users to verify social media content.


Mr Michael WEGENER, Germany, Head of content center at ARD News

Michael Wegener works as the head of content center at ARD News, Germany´s leading news broadcaster and one of the two public TV channels in Germany. The content center was established in 2011 and combines international picture research and research in the field of social media / internet with playout to the ARD news community on various platforms. Michael joined ARD in 2005 as head of ARD´s Eurovision office after having worked as a news editor for the Eurovision News Exchange in the EBU offices in Geneva and New York (2000 - 2005). Until 1999, Michael worked as a bulletin editor and reporter for Ostdeutsche Rundfunk Brandenburg, the regional affiliate of ARD in Eastern Germany. Michael is a political science graduate of the Free University Berlin and a Fulbright scholar at the University of Washington, Seattle (USA).


Discussants are invited to make critical comments during the lab on the impact, transferrability, sustainability and risk of the initiative.

Mr Shahidul ALAM, Bangladesh, Photographer, Blogger and Activist

Shahidul Alam obtained a PhD in chemistry before taking up photography, concentrating on issues of social justice. He set up the Drik and Majority World agencies, Pathshala South Asian Media Institute and the Chobi Mela festival. Honorary fellow of the Royal Photographic Society and visiting professor at Sunderland University, Alam has chaired the World Press Photo jury. Alam is also a new media pioneer and introduced email to Bangladesh. His book "My Journey as a Witness" has been described as "the most important book ever written by a photographer" by John Morris the legendary former picture editor of Life Magazine.


Ms Lorena BOIX ALONSO, Spain, Head of Unit for Converging Media and Content Unit, Directorate General for Communications Networks Content and Technology, European Commission

Lorena Boix Alonso is the Head of Unit for Converging Media and Content Unit, Directorate General for Communications Networks Content and Technology since July 2012. Formerly, she was Deputy Head of Cabinet of Vice President Neelie Kroes, European Commissioner for the Digital Agenda. During Ms Kroes' mandate as Commissioner for Competition, Lorena Boix Alonso commenced in October 2004 as a member of her Cabinet and became Deputy Head of Cabinet in May 2008. She holds a Master of Laws, with a focus on Antitrust Law and Intellectual Property, from the Harvard Law School.

Mr Guillermo FARIÑAS, Cuba, Independent journalist and political dissident

A doctor of psychology, independent journalist and political dissident in Cuba, Guillermo Fariñas has over the years conducted 23 hunger strikes to protest against the Cuban regime, with the aim of achieving peaceful political change, freedom of speech and freedom of expression in his country. As a journalist, he founded the independent press agency Cubanacán Press with the aim of informing the rest of the world of the destiny of political prisoners in Cuba, but was eventually forced by the authorities to close it down. Guillermo Fariñas could not participate in the 2010 Sakharov Prize award ceremony at the EP because he was not allowed to leave Cuba. After the Cuban government eased travel restrictions on Cubans, Guillermo Fariñas could attend the belated Sakharov Prize Award ceremony honouring him in 2013 at the EP.

Mr Jason MILLS, United Kingdom, Journalist at ITN UK

Jason Mills is the editor of the award winning itv news website, responsible for the running and strategy of the national and regional websites for itv news, together with the corporate use of all social media. He led the re-launch of the site, and it's complete integration into the TV Newsroom in March 2012. Prior to that, he was the editor of the flagship ITV news programmes the News at Ten and Evening News. He spent the first 9 years of his career with the BBC, reporting and producing for regional and national news programmes. He has also worked at Sky News and in the Independent sector.


Mr Waichi SEKIGUCHI, Japan, Editorial writer of Nikkei Newspaper

Mr Sekiguchi is an editorial writer at Nikkei, the largest economic daily newspaper in Asia.  He joined Nikkei in 1982 after graduating from Hitotsubashi University and has been covering the ICT, media and electronics industries for over 20 years. As a Washington correspondent during the Bush and Clinton Administrations in the early 90s, he also covered U.S. trade and government policies for about 4 years. Mr. Sekiguchi is a visiting professor at Hosei University Business School and the Center for Global Communications (GLOCOM) at the International University of Japan.  He is also an active member of Japanese government's ICT related councils.


Rapporteur to the plenary session

Ms Lusine SHAKHAZIZYAN, Armenia, Youth Representative, Press Secretary of "Art for Peace"

Lusine Shakhazizyan is Press Secretary at ''Art For Peace'' where she drafts reports on the NGO's activities. Lusine is a journalist by profession and has worked for one of Armenia's leading newspapers ''Aravot''. She covered and took part in many press conferences and seminars connected with democracy, human rights and gender equality. Lusine also has experience as translator working for various informational sites providing international news. Besides, she is interested in ecology, in particular in the impact of environmental pollution on the health of people.


Ms Susanne NIKOLTCHEV, Executive Director European Audiovisual Observatory, Council of Europe


Mr Aurélien CANTOU

Your opinion

Does/Do the following initiative(s) increase significantly citizens' influence in the policy-making process and/or make democratic institutions more transparent, responsive and accountable? 

For the The Guardian Global Citizen Journalism Programme:
% Голоса
80% 110
a. Yes
20% 27
b. No

Всего голосов: 137

Голосование отключено, поскольку опрос завершился 29.11.13 12:00.