Topic: Global Media and OD in the Digital Age
Patrick Butler – Vice President-Programs
International Center for Journalists
Butler oversees the development and execution of ICFJ programs and supervises program personnel. He previously worked as a reporter and writer for 10 years at The State (Columbia, S.C.) working on general assignment, business and feature news. Before joining The State, he worked at the Spartanburg Herald-Journal, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and the San Jose Mercury News. Butler completed a five-month Knight International Press Fellowship in Nicaragua in 1999. He has a B.A. in Spanish and journalism from the University of Missouri. He is fluent in Spanish and is proficient in French.
Africa, Latin America
Areas of Expertise:
Best practices in journalism, contemporary issues in U.S. media, international journalism, journalism ethics, localizing international news
Program Description: The media play a crucial role in any global development effort – from improving the environment and health care to fighting corruption and electoral fraud. As media systems undergo a transformational shift in the digital age, many news organizations in the Global South are racing to adapt to new technology and new definitions of who is a journalist. At the same time, many of the most innovative new products and services aimed at improving the flow of information are coming from places like Africa, the Middle East, Asia and Latin America. Patrick Butler is vice president of programs at the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ), which works across the globe to help journalists (including “citizen journalists”) better gather and disseminate information so that their audiences can make good decisions about everything from who will lead them to how they will spend their money to how they can fight devastating diseases. Butler will talk about how digital trends are transforming journalism and about ICFJ’s media development efforts around the world, including organizational development for media outlets, training centers and associations.
- 6:30 - 9:00 PM | Program starts at 7:00 PM
1625 Massachusetts Ave NW
Washington, DC 20036
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