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7th Austin Forum on Journalism in the Americas
The Impact of Digital Technologies on Journalism and Democracy in Latin America and the Caribbean
September 10-12, 2009
Austin, Texas

Organized by the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas at the University of Texas and Open Society Foundation’s Media Program

FRIDAY, SEPT. 11, 2009

9:00-9:30 a.m.
Welcome remarks and opening presentation
Rosental Calmon Alves, Director, Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas, and board member, OSI Media Program

9:30-10:30 a.m.
Digital Trends in Communication: What's next and why it matters
Workshop by Amy Webb, Principal, Webbmedia Group, LLC

10:30-10:45 a.m.
Coffee break

10:45a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Second part of Amy Webb’s workshop

12:00-1:30 p.m. Guided tour of Blanton Museum of Art’s exhibit The Modern and the Mythic by Argentine artist Fransico Mattos, followed by lunch.

1:30-3:30 p.m.
Effects of digital technologies on journalism and democracy in Latin America and the Caribbean – What has changed so far and what transformations lie ahead?

Moderated by Ana Arana, FMPI, Mexico
• Guillermo Franco, Colombia
• José Rubén Zamora, elPeriodico, Guatemala
• Francisco Vidal, CEPET, Mexico
• Carlos Fernando Chamorro, Violeta Chamorro Found., Nicaragua
• Mabel Rehnfeldt, FOPEP, Paraguay
• Peter Richards, Assoc. of Caribbean Media Workers, Trinidad & Tobago

3:30-3:45 p.m.
Coffee Break

3:45-5:30 p.m.
The impact of digital technologies on investigative journalism – the new wave of Internet-based watchdog journalism in the Americas

Moderated by Mark Horvit, Investigative Reporters & Editors, U.S.A.
• Brant Houston, Investigative News Network, U.S.A.
• José Roberto de Toledo, ABRAJI, Brazil
• Monica Gonzalez, CIPER, Chile
• Gustavo Gorriti, IDL, Peru
• Gabriel Michi, FOPEA, Argentina
• John Dinges, CIINFO, U.S.A.

5:30-6:00 p.m.
The other side of digital technologies: how governments use technology to spy on journalists and human rights advocates – the case of Colombia
Special presentation by Hollman Morris


SATURDAY, SEPT. 12, 2009

9:00-10:30 a.m.
Media online: How are new and old models working on the Internet? Are we experimenting enough?

Moderated by Dilmar Rosas, CELAP, Panama
• Carlos Dada, El Faro, El Salvador
• Gotson Pierre, AlterPresse, Haiti
• Juanita León, La Silla Vacia, Colombia
• César Molinares, Verdad Abierta, Colombia
• Mabel Cáceres, El Búho, Peru

10:30-10:45 a.m.
Coffee break

10:45 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Giving voice to the citizenry – Are blogs, social media and citizenjournalism making any difference?

Moderated by Ricardo Trotti, IAPA, U.S.A.
• Georgia Popplewell, Global Voices On-Line
• Luis Carlos Díaz, Gentedeapie.com, Venezuela
• Sandra Crucianelli, SoloLocal.info, Argentina
• Luz María Helguero, Provincial Journalists Network, Peru

12:00 p.m.
Lunch

1:00-2:15 p.m.
The impact of digital technologies on video production and distribution: Are we prepared for the growth of video audience on the Web and on cell phones?

Moderator: Cecilia Alvear, NAHJ, U.S.A.
• Ana Carlos, Entrémosle a Guate, Guatemala
• Carlos Cárdenas, Red TV, Peru
• Hollman Morris, Contravía, Colombia
• Carolina Fuentes, CNN Chile

2:15-3:45 p.m.
Three working groups on digital technology and journalism

• Group 1 coordinator: Fernando Alonso, FNPI, Colombia
• Group 2 coordinator: James Breiner, CPD, Mexico
• Group 3 coordinator: Luis Botello, ICFJ, U.S.A.

3:45-4:00 p.m.
Coffee break

4:00-4:45 p.m.
Coordinators submit conclusions from working groups for discussion
Moderated by Ricardo Uceda, IPYS, Peru

4:45-5:00 p.m.
Summary of the meeting
Guillermo Franco, Austin Forum rapporteur

5:00-6:00 p.m.
Final Conclusions/Debate
Moderated by Ricardo Uceda

Austin Forum Videos


Welcome remarks and opening presentation



Digital Trends in Communication (1)



Digital Trends in Communication (2)



Digital Trends in Communication (Q & A)



Effects of digital technologies on journalism and democracy in Latin America and the Caribbean



Effects of digital technologies on journalism and democracy in Latin America and the Caribbean (Q & A)



The impact of digital technologies on investigative journalism



The impact of digital technologies on investigative journalism (Q & A)



The other side of digital technologies



Media online



Giving voice to the citizenry



Giving voice to the citizenry (Q & A)



The impact of digital technologies on video production and distribution



Three working groups on digital technology and journalism



Summary of the meeting & Final Conclusions




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