OWM’s Director on the annual Global Reporting Summit

As we approach the annual Global Reporting Summit, our Director, Gemma Bradshaw, reflects on why the event is important and timely. 


On the Frontlines of War and Peace

Conflict touches us all.

When conflict erupts anywhere in the world, it affects the local community the fastest and most directly. But how journalists and filmmakers capture these moments determines how this conflict affects the rest of us. Whether in Palestine or Myanmar or South Sudan, those first reports shape the narrative of the place and its people, sometimes for years after the incident.

In the moment, nuance might be lost. As media outlets work with a relentless news cycle and audience “fatigue”, a story that was big one month can quickly become “less important”. When conflict dominates the headlines about a region, this can have ongoing implications – of how we think of an issue, of how we record and speak about history, of how we view a part of the world and the people who belong to it. Conflicts are also easily forgotten, with signs of peace, progress and transformation that can easily be lost.

Every day at One World Media, we see filmmakers and journalists who go beyond the headlines to serve their audiences by bringing them accurate stories and working closely with contributors to produce deep and meaningful work. Like stories from OWM’s New Voice Award winner, Shatha Hammad, which show the social and political situation in Palestine through intimate human stories. Or the commissioners who search for stories that bring new and often surprising perspectives to global audiences, like Nevine Mabro for Channel 4’s Unreported World.

That is why this year’s Global Reporting Summit draws the media community together to discuss how we bring these perspectives to conflict reporting, press freedom and crucially, the prospects for peace. Shatha Hammad and Nevine Mabro are just two of the speakers we have lined up for an intensive two days of panel discussions, networking and workshops.

For the first time, the Summit will include sessions in Ramallah, Palestine. We will hear from reporters across the separated areas in Israel and Palestinian territories about the day-to-day struggles of reporting, as well as their optimism for the future. There will also be an opportunity to talk about hope and resilience and to challenge widely held beliefs on the region.

Sessions in London and online will provide an opportunity to discuss how we continue to report on conflicts so they aren’t forgotten. We’ll also be taking a look at what can be learned from countries where press freedom seems to be improving.

Conflict always touches us all, often through journalism.

As ever, in all our discussions, we will be walking a line to find balance that shifts narratives. In this case, between reporting on the shocking consequences of conflict and uncovering the seeds for change and peace.

The Summit will take place on 21 and 22 September. You can find out more and get tickets for Ramallah, London and online here.

We look forward to seeing you.