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Ateneo de Davao University, Davao City, The Philippines
10-11 February 2020

‘On Conflict-Sensitive Journalism’ aims to draw broad lines of inquiry into the discipline, practice and craft of journalism and communication in the context of conflict, armed and/or structural violence, crisis and other situations of emergencies. This 2-day conference is organized by the Media Educators of Mindanao INC, PECOJON - The Peace and Conflict Journalism Network and forumZFD, in partnership with Asia Media Information and Communication Centre (AMIC), the Asian Institute of Journalism and  Communication (AIJC) and Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ).

––– Abstract Submission, Registration Deadlines and Conference Fees

Abstracts will be selected on a competitive basis.

Deadline Abstract Submission for Philippine CSJ Talent Program: Closed (see below for more information, or click here)

Early Bird Registration *Extended* Deadline: September 30, 2019 - Closed
Final Abstract Submission and Registration Deadline: 15 November, 2019 - Closed

Please note that the call for abstracts has been closed.

Final submission Full Paper: December 15, 2019

Early Bird Registration Fee: 5500 PHP / €100
Regular Registration Fee: 8000 PHP / €150

Information for the fee payment procedure will be provided after receipt of the registration.
Conference fees don’t include accommodation and transportation.

––– Conference Theme: "Quality Journalism Practice in times of Conflict, Violence and Emergencies"

‘On Conflict-Sensitive Journalism’ is a unique opportunity for researchers to go beyond the headlines, in a region often dominating the headlines. With several decades of armed conflict, accompanied by a multitude of peacebuilding efforts, Mindanao offers an interesting backdrop to delve into journalism in a conflict context.  What is the actual effect of the media on decision-making on peace and conflict issues? How is journalism contributing to the escalation and de-escalation of conflict? What are the opportunities and obstacles for conflict-sensitive reporting? And what role does ‘new’ media play in this equation? Only with academic insights on these questions, matching theory with practice, we can increase the professionalization of journalism in general, and contribute to peacebuilding in conflict areas such as Mindanao.

The conference theme is ‘Quality Journalism Practice in times of Conflict, Violence and Emergencies’ and it seeks to inform on the areas of:

Power of the media: Agenda-setting and effects.
Including, but not limited, to:

  • Assessing and determining the language sensitivity of national and community media in the coverage of conflict, violence and emergencies;
  • Community Journalism and communication in disaster-affected communities;     
  • Community Journalism and community feedback mechanisms;     
  • The influence of media on the decision-making of a (local) government unit;     
  • Media’s role in government-mediated conflict resolution processes;
  • Interlinkages between conflict-sensitivity, humanism and mind-full communication in journalism.     

Theory meets reality: Industry practices and emerging trends.
Including, but not limited, to:

  • The conflict-sensitive reporting of nonviolent struggles and/or low-intensity conflicts and/or other social issues;     
  • How newsrooms view conflict and violence and how it is reported;
  • News that fits: conflict-sensitive reporting and the format of news online;     
  • Community media and readership in the age of gizmos and gadgets.

Journalism, culture and conflict: Focus on the Philippines
Including, but not limited, to:

  • Digging the roots of Filipino Journalism;     
  • Development Communication as a Filipino re-conceptualization of Western media in the East;
  • News-writing in Filipino languages and dialects;
  • Experiences drawn from years of DepEd-sponsored Secondary Schools Press Conferences;
  • Conflict-sensitive journalism as a Filipino journalism practice.

––– On CSJ: Conference Speakers

We are happy to announce that the following International Experts on Conflict-Sensitive Journalism will attend the Conference

Ms. Antonia Koop - Co-founder and former International Coordinator PECOJON
Dr. Crispin C. Maslog - Chairman AMIC Board
Ms. Sigrun Rottmann - Lecturer at University of Dortmund, Germany

––– On CSJ: Organizing Committee

Media Educators of Mindanao INC, PECOJON - The Peace and Conflict Journalism Network and forumZFD,  in partnership with Asia Media Information and Communication Centre (AMIC), the Asian Institute of Journalism and Communication (AIJC), Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ). Hosting partners are Ateneo de Davao University, Holy Cross of Davao College and University of Mindanao.

––– On CSJ: Philippine CSJ Research Talent Program

In order to support research talent in the Philippines, the organizing parties provide an all-catered CSJ research talent program for Philippine early-career researchers in the run-up to the conference. This program aims to strengthen the capacity of early-career researchers to conduct high quality research in conflict-sensitive journalism and bring new academic insights, rooted in the Philippines, to the international stage.

The Philippine CSJ Research Talent Program consists of:
• three write-shops in Davao City with experts from the field;
• the opportunity to consult selected resource persons during the research process;
• the possibility of applying for a small research grant;
• and, eventually, a sponsorship to participate in the international academic conference on CSJ.

Application for the Talent Program will be open for Philippine early-career researchers, being:
• MA and BA Media Educators;
• Media practitioners;
• Staff members of media-focused civil society;
• Bachelor and Master students in Communication or other relevant fields of study.

--- On CSJ: Publishing Opportunities

Papers presented during the conference will be considered for publication in a conference book or a book of abstracts. Publication in renowned journals is being explored.