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AUSTIN FORUM

The Austin Forum is a network of organizations that focus on media development and training in Latin America and the Caribbean. It is also an annual event that unites the organizations. The meeting is organized by the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas at the University of Texas, and has been co-sponsored by the Media Program of the Open Society Institute (OSI) since 2007.

11th Austin Forum (Nov 8-9, 2013)
The 11th Austin Forum invited more tan 50 journalists from the American continent to discuss the topic “Transparency and Accountability: Journalists and Access to Public Information in Latin America and the Caribbean.” During the annual gathering, which took place on Nov. 8 and 9, 2013, participants concluded that the region’s culture of secretism and the lack of training on how to use right-to-information laws were the biggest obstacles to transparency in the continent.

10th Austin Forum (May 20-22, 2012)
The 10th annual Austin Forum on Journalism in the Americas focused on "Safety and Protection for Journalists, Bloggers, and Citizen Journalists." The largest ever Austin Forum gathering to the date was held May 20-22 in Austin, Texas. More than 70 journalists, experts and representatives of international organizations, including the United Nations and the Organization of American States, participated in the Forum.

9th Austin Forum (Sept. 8-10, 2011)
About 50 journalists and experts from 20 countries are attending the 9th Austin Forum on Journalism in the Americas, Sept. 8-10, 2011, in Austin, Texas. This year's Forum is focusing on Media Coverage of Migration in the Americas. The Forum kicks off Thursday, Sept. 8, with a digital exhibit of photos on migration in the Western hemisphere, "Cruzando Fronteras en las Américas/Crossing Borders in the Americas."

8th Austin Forum (Sept. 17-18, 2010)
Members of 40 organizations dedicated to journalist training and safety are gathering Sept. 17–18, 2010, in Austin, Texas, for the 8th Austin Forum on Journalism in the Americas. The annual gathering focuses this year on the coverage of drug trafficking and organized crime in Latin America and the Caribbean.

7th Austin Forum (Sept. 11-12, 2009)
Members of journalism organizations in 18 countries in the Americas and Europe gathered in Austin, Texas, Sept. 11–12, 2009 for the Seventh Austin Forum on Journalism in the Americas. The 48 representatives discussed current and future opportunities for digital journalism projects that will strengthen democracy in Latin America and the Caribbean.

6th Austin Forum (Sept. 19-20, 2008)
Representatives from journalistic organizations in 14 countries met in Austin, Texas, Sept. 19-20, 2008 for the sixth Austin Forum on Journalism in the Americas, which focused on investigative journalism in Latin America and the Caribbean.

5th Austin Forum (Sept. 20-21, 2007)
The Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas and the Open Society Institute's Network Media Program held the conference, "Press Freedom Monitoring and Advocacy in Latin America," on Sept. 22-23, 2007, at the University of Texas at Austin. More than 40 press freedom organizations participated.

4th Austin Forum (June 19-20, 2006)
The Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas conducted its fourth annual Austin Forum on Journalism in the Americas, June 19-20, 2006, at the University of Texas at Austin. Participants presented their current projects and began strategizing new programs to raise the standards and freedoms of journalism in the Americas.

3rd Austin Forum (June 13-14, 2005)
The Third Austin Forum on Journalism in the Americas took place June 13-14, 2005, challenging participants to continue working together on long-term efforts to improve journalism in Latin America and the Caribbean. The Forum convened representatives of 25 organizations from 13 countries to shape the vision and practice of journalism in the Americas.

2nd Austin Forum (Feb. 12-13, 2004)
Representatives of 23 journalism organizations from 11 countries gathered Feb. 12-13, 2004, for the Second Austin Forum on Journalism in the Americas. Participants took part in a training session to strengthen the capacities of their organizations, and proposed creating a permanent network dedicated to improving journalism throughout the hemisphere.

1st Austin Forum (Feb. 14-15, 2003)
Journalists, journalism trainers, and advocates for independent media from throughout the Americas gathered at the first annual Austin Forum on Journalism in the Americas on Feb. 14-15, 2003, and discussed ways to collaborate and expand the reach of their work.

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