Think tank on media changes following digitalisation and globalisation

Proposed by the DeutscherJournalisten-Verband (DJV) Germany and dju in ver.di, Germany

The World Congress of the International Federation of Journalists, meeting in Angers from June 7th – 10th 2016,

Notes the following

  1. The international growth of news aggregators including google and facebook
  2. The increasing capture of advertising revenues by these companies at the expense of long standing media organisations who invest in journalism and news media
  3. The failure of news aggregators to invest in journalism and journalistic content
  4. That news aggregation without  appropriate regulation will result in further concentration of media ownership and the loss of separate and distinct voices
  5. Diverse opinion and a plurality of media organisations is a democratic strength

resolves that

the Executive Committee shall establish a special commission which acts as a “think tank” to develop a strategy how the IFJ can focus on the challenges of media changes in the new environment of digitisation and globalisation. The aim is to strengthen the regional competence and to identify possible synergies with other organizations. The Executive Committee shall invite affiliates to nominate representatives for such a “think tank”. The commission shall report to the Executive Committee.

Carried unanimously