Marking IPI’s 70th anniversary, new short film “Meeting the Moment” shows the organization’s fight for press freedom and journalistic integrity
By International Press Intitute
Media www.rajawalisiber.com – “For the past 70 years, the IPI global network has met the moment at critical times shaping today’s world. We have supported dialogue, peace and journalistic integrity. We have defended journalists’ right to do their job no matter the circumstances. And that’s exactly what we will keep doing.
”With these words, IPI’s new short film “Meeting the Moment” presents IPI’s 70th anniversary as a time to reflect on the unique strength of the IPI network in shaping the future of independent journalism.
Starting from IPI’s founding in 1950, the film highlights some of the key moments in IPI’s long history, its achievements, and the values that have kept the IPI community of members together over the last seven decades and that still define quality, independent journalism today.
“Meeting the Moment” traces IPI’s efforts to counter propaganda with strong independent journalism in the aftermath of the Second World War and throughout the Cold War, and its work to promote understanding among journalists as an avenue for peace. It also highlights the IPI World Congress as a unique forum for identifying joint solutions to the newest challenges facing independent journalism. The film offers an impressive and moving run through the first seven decades of IPI’s history, setting the tone for the future.
Since 1950, IPI has endured as the global forum for journalists and editors to discuss among themselves the challenges and opportunities of press freedom and the journalism that sustains democracy.
As journalism and media have been shaken by change, we’ve been supporting news leaders grappling with disruption, working with our network in defence of human rights, and identifying ways of strengthening journalists’ voices.
Now, it’s time to bring our work together in a new consolidated programme that identifies the work our network needs to take on to support independent journalism at a global scale.
As IPI celebrates its first 70 years, we are launching The Global Journalism Project to reaffirm journalism as a core pillar of our democracy, to re-imagine it to fit today’s needs and tomorrow’s hopes, to build the resilience it needs to remain independent.
IS ABOUT JOURNALISM:
About how we make it sustainable, how we secure the space for independent journalism. How we continue to make it relevant and of value. It’s about the principles and values that should guide our craft through this cultural reset and digital transition. It’s about ensuring the craft continues to attract and retain both the best talent, and the respect and trust of the communities we serve.
IS ABOUT TRUTH:
About how journalism understands its role in a polluted information ecosystem and how it cuts through mis-information and dis-information to give our communities the facts they need.
IS ABOUT PRESS FREEDOM:
About how global solidarity through the network sustains the universal principles of human rights that support journalism and meets the needs of journalists and communities on the front line of attacks on these principles.
IS ABOUT THE STRENGTH OF THE IPI NETWORK:
About how we can deliver on our promise to our members and our mission to secure independent journalism. It’s about ensuring the network is inclusive and welcoming to diverse news media, that each member experiences the support, solidarity and collective wisdom of being part of a global movement for independent journalism.
THROUGH THE GLOBAL JOURNALISM PROJECT WE WILL:
…through activities that respond to members’ needs, including training, webinars, expert conversations, coaching and mentorship programmes, newsroom visits and consultancies, drawing on the unique resources available within the IPI network.
PROMOTE GREAT JOURNALISM…
…recognizing in particular the work of IPI members, at a national and international level, as a key tool to inform our communities and counter propaganda and disinformation.
CELEBRATE GLOBAL ENGAGEMENT…
…for independent journalism that has been at the core of IPI for decades, by committing to a strong and representative IPI global network, by working with National Committees at the local level and tracking member needs and journeys as we facilitate support through the network.
PUT THE IPI WORLD CONGRESS…
…at the centre of the project, where journalists and editors from around the world gather to focus on the values and promise of independent journalism for the next 70 years.
UNDERSTAND THE NEEDS…
…of the moment to design programmes to help build sustainable media for the 21st century, and to share insights and advice to guide external media support.
REINFORCE THE CORE PRINCIPLES…
…and values that have guided the IPI network in the past 70 years and redefine them to fit the next 70. Build solidarity within the network around IPI’s press freedom advocacy.
A newly created Independent Journalism Fund will provide the backing for the Global Journalism Project and will be built through sourcing dedicated donations and grants, as well as a portion of the fees paid by IPI members. The balance of member fees will go to the IPI Press Freedom Fund. Both the Independent Journalism Fund and the Press Freedom Fund are supervised directly by the IPI Executive Board.