SEOUL:- The World Journalists Conference (WJC) 2021 that starts on 19th – 20th April will team up 60 journalists from 50 countries to discuss the role of journalism and the prospects of post COVID-19 era and on global climate issues.
The two themes will be taken up at the WJC 2021 hosted online by the Journalists Association of Korea (JAK). The annual media event has been held without interruption since 2013 addressing various themes related to media choices, outlooks and strategies regarding prominent global issues.
The WJC is being held online since last year due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Previously the JAK used to invite 80 journalists from around the world to attend a week long events including the conference, meetings with public office holders and visits to historical sites in different provinces of South Korea.
“Our work in the field and at the editor’s desk has shown us the extent of the difficulties that have plagues many people’s lives since last year.
“Our imperative for this conference is to cooperate and coordinate information in preparation for the post-COVID era. After all, our existence in the global village taught us that a single state’s precautionary measures are insufficient to end the spread of infectious diseases,” JAK President, Kim Dong Hoon said.
On the first discussion day, journalists will debate the sweeping changes across people’s lives; assess the role of the media and how the media landscape is likely to look in the post-COVID era.
He added, the global climate issues being the theme of this year’s WJC will allow journalists to discuss the accelerating crisis of climate change and environmental damage.
“We are focusing on issues of great importance that must be addressed to ensure peace and prosperity across the globe,” Kim Dong Hoon said.
Meanwhile the 2020 WJC dedicated to the themes of fake news virus, COVID-19 measures and peace policy was also held online following travel and quarantine restrictions imposed by the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The WJC has grown into one of the foremost journalist conferences in the world with rich discussions on relevant and prominent issues in journalism,” Kim Dong Hoon added.
The Journalists Association of Korea founded in 1964 has more than 10,000 members from 188 media companies. –Courtesy: TheAsiaN