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Dr Sanjaya Baru, Tarun Tejpal among key speakers at Hong Kong International Media Conference

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Dr Sanjaya Baru, Tarun Tejpal among key speakers at Hong Kong International Media Conference

The International Media Conference on ‘Reporting New Realities in Asia and the Pacific’ is being held in Hong Kong from April 25-28, 2010. Co-sponsored by the East-West Center’s Asia Pacific Center for Journalists and the University of Hong Kong’s Journalism and Media Studies Centre, the Conference features expert on-the-ground updates and insights on key news and media issues, and opportunities for participants to build new networks and information sources.

The Conference this year sees a fair representation of Indian journalists, including Dr Sanjaya Baru of Business Standard, Tehelka’s Tarun Tejpal, Anurag Batra of exchange4media Group, The Hindu Business Line’s Pratim Ranjan Bose, and Naveen Garewal of The Tribune.

The session on ‘Shifting Power Relations in Asia and the Pacific’ will have among its panel members Dr Sanjaya Baru, Editor, Business Standard, and former Media Advisor to Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh; Ina Hisayoshi, Columnist and Vice Chair of Editorial Board, The Nikkei Newspapers, Japan; Dr Jin Canrong, Professor and Associate Dean, School of International Studies, Renmin University, China; and Ambassador K Kesavapany, Director, Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, Singapore. Dr Charles E Morrison, President, East-West Center, Hawaii, USA, is the session moderator.

Dr Baru features in another panel discussion on ‘Asia Moving Forward – Successful Economies in a Global World’. The other panel members include Akira Kojima, Senior Fellow, Japan Center for Economic Research (JCER), Japan; and Jing Ulrich, Managing Director and Chairman, China Equities and Commodities, JP Morgan, Hong Kong SAR. The session will be moderated by Robyn Meredith, Senior Editor, Asia, Forbes Magazine and author of ‘The Elephant and the Dragon: The Rise of India and China and What it Means for All of Us’, Hong Kong SAR.

The session on ‘Media Pioneers - Changing the Way People Get News and Shape Views’ will have among its panelists –Tarun Tejpal, Editor-in-Chief and Publisher, Tehelka, India; Chen Juhong, Editor-in-Chief,, Tencent, China; Steven Gan, Co-Founder and Editor, Malaysiakini, Malaysia; and Julie Starr, Founder of; Chief Blogger at The Evolving Newsroom; Editor in Residence at Wintec (Waikato Institute of Technology), New Zealand. The session moderator is Sheila S Coronel, Director and Professor, Toni Stabile Center for Investigative Journalism, Graduate School of Journalism, Columbia University, USA.

The session on ‘Sustainable Media Models in the Internet Age’ will feature Anurag Batra, Chairman and Editor-in-Chief, exchange4media Group, India; Joshua Benton, Director, Nieman Journalism Lab, Harvard University, USA; Reginald Chua, Editor, South China Morning Post, Hong Kong SAR; and Thomas Crampton, Asia Pacific Director, 360 Digital Influence, Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide, Hong Kong SAR, among its panelists. Session moderator is Almar Latour, Editor-in-Chief, Wall Street Journal Asia, Hong Kong SAR.

The Group on ‘Asia’s Environmental Dilemma’ will see Pratim Ranjan Bose, Special Correspondent, The Hindu Business Line, India, speak on ‘India: Balancing Between Growth and Environment’; Ronald Henkoff, Editor, Bloomberg Markets Magazine, USA, will speak on ‘Other Side of Growth’; Jeon Byung Geun, Staff Writer, World News Desk, The Chosun Ilbo, South Korea, will speak on ‘UN Report on Climate Change and How Media Cover the Issue’; while Xin Benjian, Editor, International News Channel, People’s Daily Online, China, will speak on ‘Why China Will Take Climate Change Seriously’. The session will be moderated by Satwant Kaur, Regional Information Officer, United Nations Environment Programme, Thailand.

The group on ‘Terrorism and Security in South Asia’ will have among its panelists Naveen Garewal, Special Correspondent, Editorial, The Tribune, India; Ramin Anwari, Online Producer, BBC, Afghanistan; William Gertz, Geopolitics Editor, The Washington Times, USA; and Rasheed Khan Safi, Staff Reporter in Peshawar, Daily Mashriq, Pakistan. Nisid Hajari, Director of Editorial Development, Newsweek, USA, is the session moderator.


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