Day 1

20 March 2016

17:30 - 18:00

Arrival and Seating


Venue: Almas Ballroom, Rotana Hotel

Sunday, March 20, 2016 -
17:30 to 18:00
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18:30 - 20:00

Session One: Speeches by Presidium Members of the World Media Summit



20:30 - 22:00

Gala Dinner

Venue: The Shangri La Hotel

Sunday, March 20, 2016 -
20:30 to 22:00
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Day 2

21 March 2016

08:30 - 09:00

Arrival and Seating


Venue: Almas Ballroom, Rotana Hotel

Monday, March 21, 2016 -
08:30 to 09:00
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09:00 - 10:30

Session Two: The Impact of Technology on News Reporting

Everyone with a smartphone can tell a story. High-definition, 360-degree video equipment can be purchased at consumer prices. Social media platforms, managed by small teams, have audiences of millions, dwarfing established (and resource-heavy) media brands. In newsrooms around the world, individual journalists have adopted inexpensive solutions to provide content for their institutions and to the public, while their companies have been slower to adapt to these new trends. 

We’ll explore how different media organisations are embracing cutting-edge technology and platforms, and what impact this has had on the quality of their journalism and the resulting impact all this has on the audience.


Hosted by Rawan Damen


10:45 - 12:15

Session Three: Toward Mechanisms for the Protection of Journalists

Every year, hundreds of journalists are killed, imprisoned or harassed while doing their job. In each instance, the level of protection and support afforded to journalists varies according to local laws, the policies of each media organisation, and the efforts of non-government organisations, both local and international. Is there a need to standardise the protections already in place for journalists to be able to work without fear of danger? And if so, how?


Hosted by Fairouz Ziani

12:30 - 14:00

Session Four: Audience Fatigue vs Editor Fatigue

In modern newsrooms, how much thought goes into the presentation and distribution of stories? Is each story told differently to cater to the audiences on different platforms? What should media organisations consider as they dive into the ever-changing world of storytelling? How can editors gauge audience interest with their content? And how are the successes or failures measured?


Hosted by Kamahl Santamaria

15:30 - 17:00

Session Five: Business Unusual

Both established brands and start-ups have to work hard to ensure their sustainability. The debates around pay walls, native advertising, ad-blockers and privacy – compounded by the fragmentation of audiences – are ushering in new innovations and forcing companies to rethink their business models. What are companies doing to ensure growth and relevance? Who will survive?


Hosted by Hazem Abuwafta


17:00 - 17:30

Closing Remarks

Monday, March 21, 2016 -
17:00 to 17:30
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