Online Registration Now Open!
The registration fee covers all program activities including an opening reception on the night before the conference program begins; three lunches (at least two luncheon keynotes); one keynote dinner; a night tour of Shwedagon Pagoda; coffee/tea breaks throughout the day; and all program materials.
Note: We encourage participants to arrive in Yangon by Sunday morning, March 9. Our opening reception will be held Sunday night at the beautiful Karaweik Palace floating in Kandawgyi (Royal) Lake with Shwedagon Pagoda in the distance. The East-West Center is also coordinating a special Sunday luncheon event that we know participants will want to attend. We will provide details as soon as possible.
- Speakers will be announced as they are confirmed.
- Opportunities for conference scholarships for Myanmar journalists will be announced in coming months.
- For organizations interested in sponsorship opportunities, click here
- Single-day and special event registration for Myanmar residents will open later this year.
- Participants are invited to propose/speak on panels and lead workshops.
Press freedom faces challenges everywhere in the world — in both open and closed societies, wealthy and developing nations, traditional media and virtual newsrooms. Longstanding challenges such as government interference and economic pressures are complicated by new media’s impact on gathering information, verifying facts and maintaining financial stability. But technology also presents creative ways of tackling old problems.
The 2014 conference will gather distinguished keynote speakers and panels of journalists from the Asia Pacific region and the United States to share insights into the challenges they face and strategies they use for newsgathering.
- Updates on issues that matter: On-the-ground perspectives and analysis on news and media issues in the region. Speakers will come from media, government, NGOs, academia and business.
- Excellent networking opportunities with an expected 300-plus professionals from 25-30 nations, including top journalists and communicators from some of the most influential media in Asia, the Pacific and the United States.
- Media workshops on honing your professional skills, making best use of technology and social media, positioning yourself for new opportunities and more. Special workshops for journalists from emerging media environments.
Sponsorship Opportunities: The East-West Center invites your organization or business to partner in this exciting event, with commensurate recognition provided in conference materials. Major sponsors will also be highlighted in Wall Street Journal Asia ads for the conference. Several sponsorship levels are available, as well as in-kind contributions and sponsorship of conference costs for individual participants. For more information on sponsorship opportunities, contact Susan Kreifels at: Kreifels@EastWestCenter.org.
Why Yangon? Amid its ongoing political transition, Myanmar is an exciting place to explore challenges of a free press as journalists forge new ground.
The conference will be held at the centrally located Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry.
Keynote programs and a selection of afternoon panels and workshops will include simultaneous interpretation in Burmese.
EWC Media Conferences: The only international media conference held regularly with an Asia Pacific-U.S. focus, these biennial gatherings have grown into one of the region’s most influential media events. The 2012 Seoul conference drew more than 300 participants from 26 nations.
This is the 4th EWC International Media Conference. To view programs and media coverage of previous conferences in Bangkok, Hong Kong and Seoul, see www.EastWestCenter.org/imc2014.
Accommodations: See the list of hotels offering special conference rates. Buses will pick up and return participants staying at these hotels.
Bagan Tour: A special tour of the ancient temple city of Bagan is available to conference participants for a separate fee.
Bookings for both the conference hotel rates and the Bagan tour are being handled by:
Don’t miss this unique opportunity! Register now.
For more information: Contact MediaConference@EastWestCenter.org or +1 808-944-7332.
Photos by Greg Knudsen
The East-West Center, based in Honolulu, Hawaii, promotes better relations and understanding among the people and nations of the United States, Asia, and the Pacific through cooperative study, research, and dialogue. More than 2,200 journalists have participated in EWC media programs. The EWC’s Asia Pacific Center for Journalists is a premier resource for media on Asia and the Pacific, offering travel and dialogue programs for journalists, news and analysis, access to the East-West Center’s specialists, and a network of 60,000 alumni throughout the region.