AMIC  Newsletter: October 2013

‘Content is King’      

It’s all about content: positioning new radio in the  ‘Knowledge Society’. That’s the theme for next year’s RadioAsia2014 conference  in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

A joint initiative of AMIC and the Asia-Pacific  Broadcasting Union (ABU), RadioAsia is the region’s premier annual event  highlighting radio broadcasting’s unique role and its contribution to society.  The Colombo conference is scheduled for 21st-23rd May,  2014.

In the ‘Knowledge Society’,  where the Internet has become a key tool in disseminating informational  materials, radio remains an effective, relatively low-cost platform in  providing a range of content to diverse audiences. The traditional methods of  delivering radio via medium-wave, shortwave and FM are changing as mobile devices  and computers increasingly become integrated with the listening environment.  However, while new ways of accessing radio are growing, at the end of the day  the expression ‘content is king and technology is queen’ remains a truism.

More and more information is  now available to people and they are making increased use of it in their daily  lives as well as in their businesses. The application of multiple devices to  consume content is now quite common. The Internet and mobile phone are enabling  technologies that empower people to share experiences and information, while  the availability of lifestyle information has made people’s lives richer.   The challenge for radio in the information age is to continue to deliver  content with substance, across a range of platforms in an age of convergence.

In the context of the  ‘Knowledge Society’, where is radio’s future in the production and provision of  content? Can innovative and creative programming techniques enable radio to  continue to meet its obligations in the new environment while also catering to  its traditional credo ‘to educate, inform and entertain’?

Sri Lanka, where RadioAsia2014 is to be hosted, has  an illustrious history in radio broadcasting, being home to one of the oldest  radio stations in Asia. Thus, it is fitting that the 10th annual forum for  Asian radio broadcasters, RadioAsia2014,  should be held in Colombo. It will be co-hosted with the ABU’s prestigious ABU Radio Song Festival. www.radioasia.org

Media and Gender Highlighted at UNESCO Global Forum 01 The  establishment of a Global Alliance on Media and Gender (GAMG) is expected to be one of the key outcomes of a UNESCO international conference to  be held in Thailand in December.

According to UNESCO, the GAMG will  coordinate the systematic follow-up to one of the critical areas of concern of  the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action (BDPA), namely “Women and the  Media Diagnosis”.

The GAMG seeks to enable  worldwide stock-taking and debate, including discussion on the challenges faced  by international, regional and national programmes on gender and media. It will  also provide training and encourage the sharing of experiences, while contributing  to achieving Millennium Development Goal 3 on “promoting gender equality and  empowering women”. Additionally, the output of the Forum will form part of UNESCO’s  contribution to the Global Conference on Women, which is to be organized by the  UN in 2015.

The Bangkok conference, known  as the Global Forum on Media and Gender,  will be held from the 2nd-4th December and is expected to  draw some 350 delegates from the media, civil society organizations, gender  equality advocacy groups, journalism educators and government representatives.  AMIC has been invited by UNESCO to take a major speaking role in one of the  opening sessions. www.unesco.org

AMIC Farewells Senior Staff Member

AMIC’s Research and  Publications Manager, Assoc Prof Rachel Khan, is to leave the Centre at the end  of this month.

Rachel joined AMIC in  Singapore under a one year contract on secondment from the University of the  Philippines in Manila. She will return to her home country to continue her  teaching and research activities in the College of Mass Communication at  UP-Diliman.

“My one-year at AMIC  proved to be one of the lifetime experiences that I will cherish” she said. “For  a start, I was able to work with well-respected members of the Asian academe  and was also able to be part of the new Media  Asia journal with Professor Cherian George at the helm.”

During her time with  AMIC, Rachel undertook a range of high-level professional activities, including  her editorial responsibilities with Media  Asia, AMIC’s quality quarterly. Apart from editing books and journals, she  was also the principal organizer of AMIC’s very successful 22nd  international conference held in Yogyakarta in July, 2013, an event which  attracted a record number of abstract submissions from delegates and  contributors. In the field of capacity-building, Rachel represented AMIC in  Yangon at a major development forum for Myanmar’s media sector, while her  research work has encompassed AMIC’s broad spectrum of activities. 

Rachel Khan (2nd  from right) with fellow AMIC staffers (l to r) Sangeetha Madasamy, Angie Chew,  Kranthi Kiran, Martin Hadlow and Ivy Alcantara


“Seeing the panorama  of mass communication in Asia from the Singaporean viewpoint was also an  eye-opener” she said. “It has enriched me as an academic and has allowed me to  meet people from all over the region whom I would otherwise not have a chance  to meet.”

AMIC  Secretary-General, Martin Hadlow, noted that Rachel’s departure would be a  great loss to the organization. “To have had a person of Rachel’s talent,  intellect and professional calibre leading our Research and Publications team  has been of huge benefit to AMIC” he said. “While we are sad to see Rachel go,  we are delighted that she will continue to be linked with AMIC through her  on-going role as Associate Editor of Media  Asia.”

AMIC Membership Renewals Now Open
Membership renewals from  AMIC’s individual and institutional members are now starting to flow into the  Centre from throughout the region and beyond.

AMIC membership operates on a  calendar year basis, with the 31st December being the date on which  renewals are due.

“Already, some earlybird  members are sending their 2014 subscriptions” said AMIC Secretary-General,  Martin Hadlow. “We very much welcome this on-going commitment to AMIC and its  important work in the region.”

AMIC membership provides for a  range of benefits and advantages, including discounted rates on AMIC  publications, along with access to free on-line journals. It also enables  academics and students to attend AMIC conferences and workshops at privileged  registration fee rates.

“We very much encourage  existing and new members to consider ‘lifetime’ membership of the organization”  notes the Secretary-General. He also asked existing members to recruit one  colleague as a new member of AMIC. “The arithmetic is simple” he said, “if each  member recruits another, we’ll double our membership.”

Details of AMIC membership are  available on the web-site at www.amic.org.sg or please download the membership forms for:
Individual Membership
Institutional Membership
for Asia (Apart from Japan)
Institutional Membership for all other countries.

Summit Travels to New Lands

4Saudi Arabia’s Red  Sea port city of Jeddah takes centre stage next year as host of the Asia Media  Summit 2014.

The AMS, an initiative of  AMIC’s partner organization, the Asia-Pacific Institute for Broadcasting  Development (AIBD), celebrates its 10th anniversary Summit in Jeddah  from 6th-8th May, 2014. This is the first occasion on  which the Summit has been held in the Middle East region. Last year, the AMS  was hosted in Manado, Indonesia.


The theme chosen for the  Jeddah Summit is Media and Diversity:  Enriching the Broadcasting Experience. AMIC has been invited to moderate  one of the key conference sessions. More details of the AMS at www.aibd.org.my/ams



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