Conference Speakers

Three pioneers of Conflict-Sensitive Journalism will join us at the conference

We are honored that three international trailblazers in the field of Conflict-Sensitive Journalism have confirmed to be a speaker at the ‘On CSJ’ Conference. Dr. Crispin Maslog, writer, editor, professor of communication, with over 30 years experience in media reporting on conflicts in the Philippines; Ms. Antonia Koop, co-founder and former CEO of PECOJON, who spent a decade of her career providing training and support for journalists in war zones; and Ms. Sigrun Rottmann, a journalist turned lecturer at the University of Dortmund, transferring insights of conducting journalism in Latin America and Europe to future media practitioners. Check out their profiles here.
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Dr. Crispin Maslog

Ph.D. in mass communication, University of Minnesota. Widely published writer, editor, professor of communication; author of 37 books in communication education, including A Manual On Peace Reporting in Mindanao. He was former journalist, Agence France-Presse in Manila; university publications director, international lecturer/trainer in communication; the Philippine Jaycees’ 1995 Outstanding Filipino Awardee in journalism and communication; AMIC Asia Communication Awardee, 2011.

"In reaction to the escalating violence in the world today, and the unmitigated media coverage of violence, a new school of thought in conflict reporting has arisen in recent years . . . after the deadliest and most violent century in human history (20th century), and because of media coverage, the world is all too well schooled in the language of war and hatred. It is time that journalists, publishers and media owners re-examine their news values and professional values." - Dr. C. Maslog

Ms. Antonia Koop

Antonia Koop (MA Conflict and Reconciliation Studies, MBA Warwick Business School) has a rich and varied background in war journalism, professional training, academic lecturing and research. She is co-founder and former CEO of PECOJON, has been a thought leader in Conflict-Sensitive Journalism and spent a decade of her career providing trainings and support for journalists in war zones. As a serial entrepreneur in the games and technology led training sector, Antonia has founded a group of innovation driven technology companies and emerged as a thought leader in immersive technology in education and training. She is a member of the advisory board of ImmerseUK, frequent speaker at media -, games - and immersive technology conferences and has been a trailblazer for games-based experiential learning.  In 2011 she was shortlisted for the 'Women of the Future' Award for her achievements in improving the quality of conflict journalism and in 2016 was shortlisted for the 'Women in Innovation' Award from InnovateUK.

"Journalists are not Peace Propagandists! The only propaganda a journalist can engage in is the propaganda for truth, understanding and the freedom to participate in social discourse. By exercising freedom of choice we experience peace and find the power to create a society we want to live in. Conflict Sensitive Journalism doesn't create peace, it creates choice." - Ms. Antonia Koop

Ms. Sigrun Rottmann

Ms. Sigrun Rottmann (M.A. Political Science/ Diploma International Journalism, City University London) is currently Lecturer in Conflict-Sensitive Journalism at the Institute of Journalism of the Technical University of Dortmund. She is also the Head of Print Lab/Student Magazine KURT. She combines these functions with her freelance work as a journalist and trainer on behalf of GIZ and Deutsche Welle Akademie in Bangladesh, Egypt, South Sudan and other countries. From 2004-2011, she worked as a producer for BBC World Service. Prior to this, she spent two year as correspondent for Mexico, Central America and the Caribean for German daily newspapers. 

"I am delighted about the opportunity to take part in the international conference on Conflict Sensitive Journalism in Davao City. It will be a great opportunity to learn about the perspectives and experiences of colleagues. As journalism educators and trainers, it is our responsibility to enable and motivate young colleagues to adhere to and defend the principles of quality journalism while under pressure. We also need to encourage them to develop new media formats fit to survive the crisis of this industry." - Ms.Sigrun Rottmann