11 June 2018
PROMINENT broadcaster and Zimpapers Radio Broadcasting division’s projects manager, Ruvheneko Parirenyatwa, is in Bonn, Germany for a media conference on global conflict.
The 11th Global Media Forum in Bonn will focus on inequality around the world with Ruvhi and other participants discussing how media outlets can address the issue and show what can be done to alleviate the problem in the first place.
Over the last decade the Global Media Forum has firmly established its position as Germany’s largest international media conference and this year, some 2 000 guests from 120 nations are expected to take part.
DW Director General Peter Limbourg says this makes the GMF “a unique platform for exchange between international journalists and media managers from our partners across the globe — and with people who are engaged in upholding freedom of the press and media.”
Ruvhi will be moderating a panel discussion organised by Distribution tomorrow between 4pm and 5.30pm while the conference runs from today until Wednesday.
Speaking from Bonn last night, Ruvhi told H-Metro said she is proud to be representing Zimbabwe at such a significant event.
“It’s not every day that I feel a sense of deep rooted National Pride. Invitations like this, awaken that feeling and more importantly, that duty. After a 10 hour flight and the other movements to get here, I’ve had about 18 hours of travel time in which to appreciate and thank God that I have been identified, amongst many, to attend an International Conference on Global Inequalities. I am humbled and I don’t take it for granted, in the least,” she said.
Ruvhi also believes the invitation is a result of hard work.
“I’m a firm believer in hard work and consistency, so I would like to think it was based on that. The platforms I’ve been exposed to have certainly amplified my voice and position in the industry, both locally and internationally.
“I expect, as always, exposure and networking. Our world is ever-changing and we can’t stop learning. Our degrees in Media from all those years ago, are almost outmoded, in reality, so we continue to sharpen our craft through such forums, travel and idea transference.”
Apart from Ruvhi, one of the most anticipated journalists appearing at the conference will be Yusuf Omar. Known as the pioneer of “mobile reporting,” he will explain how smartphones can be used in the fight against inequality.
“If the pen is mightier than the sword, then the cellphone is our most powerful instrument of change,” Omar told DW in a pre-conference interview.
Programme planner Spasovska has put great emphasis on expanding the interactive, participatory and discursive nature of this year’s event.
“We have cut down on the number of panels comprised of three or four experts discussing among themselves on stage. Instead, we have increased the number of events in which speakers sit among audiences,” she says.
A social-media team will ensure that questions and ideas raised at the events are quickly uploaded onto Twitter, and the conference will also be livestreamed, ensuring that those who cannot physically make it to Bonn can still be virtual participants. “Last year, some 40,000 people watched livestreams from the conference,” says Spasovska.
Another novelty this year is that the final day of the conference will not deal with the GMF’s main topic of global inequalities, but will instead be wholly dedicated to “the challenges and opportunities that digitalization presents for media producers.” The third day of the GMF bears the title “Media Innovation Lab Day” and will have its own unique profile.
An exhibition of images by South Africa-based photographer Johnny Miller will also directly address the topic of global inequalities. “The images are very impressive, showing the direct proximity of slums and villas in a number of major cities across the globe,” says Spasovska. The conference will be accompanied by music, too, with performances by artists such as the German reggae singer Patrice Bart-Williams and British poet-singer Anne Clark.