Interview: World Media Summit key platform for media cooperation: head of organizing committee
Doha, March 19 (Xinhua) -- "Based on the trend of global media cooperation, the World Media Summit (WMS) serves as an important platform for media organizations that helps summon up collective perception for their development," Dr. Salah Eddin Elzein Mohammad, head of the organizing committee of the World Media Summit 2016, told Xinhua one day before the opening of the conference.
"As the host, Al-Jazeera is getting ready to receive the leaders of the media organizations around the world, " Dr. Mohammad said, adding that "I hope that a constructive future of media will come out of this engagement."
Under the theme of "The Future of News and News Organizations," the summit will gather around 350 delegates from media outlets in 100 countries in the Qatari capital of Doha.
Among the attendees were leaders of major news organizations such as Xinhua News Agency, Al Jazeera Media Network, the Associated Press, Kyodo News, The Hindu Group, International Information Agency "Rossiya Segodnya," MIH Group, CNN, Reuters and TASS聽Russian News Agency.
Over the coming two days, the delegates are expected to discuss on topics such as the impact of technology on news reporting, mechanisms for protection of journalists, audience fatigue vs. editor fatigue and the reshaping of media's business models.
"Al-Jazeera is honored to organize the third WMS, based on the fruitful achievements made by WMS mechanism," Dr. Mohammed said.
Stressing the social responsibility shouldered by media, he said "since the year of 2009, the WMS mechanism has helped gather both the leading media and smaller media outlets in developing countries to share their experience upon media development, which is so important especially for those smaller media organizations."
The notion of holding the WMS was first proposed by Xinhua with the aim of allowing leading media groups worldwide to better exchange their views on the challenges of the emergence of the so-called "new media," and enhance their win-win cooperation.
Previous summits were held respectively in 2009 and 2012, with the number of WMS Presidium members growing from nine to 16 over the years.
"Technology is developing so fast, offering opportunities and challenges, and nobody can have a definite answer right now about the future landscape of the media," Dr. Mohammad said, adding that "the fast-developing digital era requires collaboration and cooperation."
He went on to say that "there are lots of platforms of media communication, but what is unique about the WMS is that this mechanism has created a platform for the leaders, which is missing in the past."
He also told Xinhua that the Internet and digital ways of spreading information have empowered the audience to engage with whatever content they receive and will for sure change the whole map of the media in the future.
"The traditional media organizations have to find a way out," he added.
"China is a big market not only in perspective of economy and culture, but also for media around the world, and it will play a prominent role in the future development of world media," Dr. Mohammad concluded.