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Rossiya Segodnya to Host New Era of Journalism Forum on June 6-7

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The Rossiya Segodnya International Information Agency will host a forum focusing on media evolvment in the modern world that will be attended by journalists from major news agencies from around the world.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The New Era of Journalism: Farewell to Mainstream forum, hosted by the Rossiya Segodnya International Information Agency and focused on discussing the changes taking place in modern journalism, is due to take place on June 6-7 in Moscow.

"The forum…will feature discussions on the condition of today’s journalism and its transition to post-mainstream, the evolvement of alternative media, the mainstream media and their clients’ loss of their monopoly to form the everyday agenda for the world information space, and the existence of new media as guarantors of the freedom of information," Rossiya Segodnya said in a statement announcing the event.

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The forum is due to be attended by senior news agency and television broadcasting figures, including Al Arabiya English Editor-In-Chief Faisal Abbas, Athens News Agency Macedonian Press Agency (ANA-MPA) President Michail Psylos, Xinhua News Agency Asia-Europe Bureau Director Weiguo Fan, Japan Broadcasting Corporation  Executive Commentator Ichiyo Ishikawa, Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) Director General Ahmed Dawa, Al Mayadeen TV Board of Directors Chairman Ghassan Jeddou, Sputnik news agency International Broadcasting Head Anton Anisimov and Rossiya Segodnya International Media Group Director General Dmitry Kiselev.

Officials, including Russian Communications and Mass Media Minister Nikolai Nikiforov and UNESCO Assistant Director-General for Communication and Information Frank La Rue, as well as prominent journalists, commentators and authors are also set to attend.

Divided into three sections, the events' topics will cover the role of journalists in the post-mainstream age, the freedom of information for new media and the open information age after the end of media monopoly.

The changing nature of journalism that needs to be understood is reflected in the rise of new media outlets, the audiences' desire for alternative information sources and the decline of loyalty to old news brands and increased media competition, according to the organizers.

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"This forum has a simple yet complex goal: to change the way professionals stereotypically like to discuss the media. Usually they look at the media world either through one of two lenses: one of technology and business, or one concerning freedom of speech and safety issues facing the profession. We intend to place journalists and their role in the modern media in the center of the discussion," Rossiya Segodnya said.

Rossiya Segodnya is an international media group whose mission is to cover world events in a prompt, balanced, and unbiased manner, and provide alternative views on global issues. It combines radio broadcasts and newswires in English, Russian, Spanish, Arabic and Chinese, with news websites in dozens of languages, also producing and distributing photo and video content and infographics, information products in social media, and content for mobile apps.

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