Tunis, — "Changes of Agency Journalism in the Age of ICT" is the topic of the international conference to be held next January 12 in Tunis, as part of the celebration of the 55th anniversary of the foundation of Tunis Afrique Presse (TAP) news agency.
The conference, to be jointly organised by TAP and Konrad Adenauer Foundation, aims, through a series of roundtable meetings and panel discussions, to take stock of agency journalism today and reflect on a new model in the age of the emergence of ICTs that have destabilised, according to experts, the huge competitive advantage held by news agencies and providers of news in real time.
The choice of the conference them comes from the fact that information and communication technologies (Internet, mobile phone, satellites...) have invaded all human activities and upset the activities related to journalism practice that have considerably developed since the integration of ICTs, particularly through the convergence of technical media and multimedia contents.
The international conference will see the participation of prominent media figures, including particularly Emmanuel Hoog, CEO of France Presse news agency (AFP), Farid Ayar, Secretary-General of the Federation of Arab News Agencies (FANA) and Alaa Haydar, President of the Alliance of Mediterranean News Agencies (AMAN).
Directors general of Algerian (APS), Omani (ONA), Spanish (EFE), German, Lebanese, Qatari (QNA), Palestinian (WAFA), Emirati (WAM) and Saudi (SPA) news agencies will also take part in the debates.
Speakers are academics, professors and researchers, particularly at the Institute of Press and Information Science (IPSI, Tunis) and the University of Nice (France).