Brandt School Universität Erfurt

Brandt School Students Participate in Global Media Forum in Bonn, Germany

On 22 June 2015, students of the Willy Brandt School participated in the Global Media Forum hosted by Deutsche Welle in Bonn. This excursion was led by Dr. Hasnain Bokhari who taught a course 'Media, War and Conflict' at the Brandt School. 

Initiated in 2008, the Global Media Forum is a congress with international reach that draws media representatives from around the world and professionals from the fields of politics, culture, business, development cooperation, and academia. Together they discuss and design approaches to meeting the challenges of globalization in which the media play a central role. Many organizations and institutions are involved in the panel discussions, workshops, interactive presentations, and exhibitions.

The Forum's main theme this year focussed on 'Media and Foreign Policy in the Digital Age.' The highlight of 2015 was the launch of Deutsche Welle's 24/7 English news channel.  The forum featured speakers such as Prof. Monika Grütters, the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media, and Dr. Georg Kofler, the Founder and Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Kofler Energies, who spoke on digital security and the importance of media diversity, respectively.

The Brandt School students took special interest in the panel discussions on, amongst others, digital story telling, the media's role in polarizing conflicts, combating extremism in social media, twiplomacy, empowering women through hash tags and human rights in digital age, citizen journalism and whistleblowing, political and crisis communication, social media vs. digital Jihad, confronting the feminist narrative through digital diplomacy.

The Global Media Forum is a three-day event that takes place in the World Conference Center in Bonn, directly adjacent to Deutsche Welle‘s broadcasting center.

[Photo credit: Hasnain Bokhari]