MEDIA ANNOUNCEMENT -- East-West Center Bangkok Media Conference

"Changing Dynamics in the Asia Pacific: Power Politics, Economic Might, and Media Challenges"

Venue: Novotel Siam Square Hotel, January 21-23, 2008

HONOLULU (Oct. 12) – Blogging in China, 2008 Olympics coverage, inside views on Burma, and outlooks on North Korea's latest moves will be just a few of the highlights at a Bangkok media conference sponsored by the East-West Center in January. Journalists will get the most current and reliable information on the big stories in the Asia Pacific, as well as the lesser known but important emerging issues. In three compact days, you'll hear from experts and reporters on the front lines.

Attendees will also get the latest on Asia's dynamic media as well as challenges facing journalists in the region.

The conference will host keynote speakers and experts, panels of journalists, and media workshops. Issues will include: meeting Asia's energy demands, India's rise, covering Islam, and U.S.-Asia relations after 2008 elections. Learn from Pacific Island journalists about the competition for influence from China, Taiwan and other countries in this remote but strategic part of the world. New Media trends and media forecasts in the region as well as challenges to journalists, including censorship and covering conflicts, will also be addressed.

You can sign up for a three-day trip to the Thai-Burma border before the conference to see firsthand the complex stories of Burmese refugees, illegal immigrants and stateless people; or stay in island homes in Southern Thailand to see how local people are preserving their traditional livelihoods and culture in the global economy. Registration deadline for these newsgathering trips is Nov. 7.

With an Early Bird registration fee of only $75 that covers the programs and most meals, and with lists of inexpensive hotels on the conference website, journalists and others who are interested in the region can participate for a reasonable price and meet experts and journalists from throughout the region gathered in one place. Early Bird registration deadline is Nov. 7.

Program highlights and speakers include:

General registration deadline ($100) is Jan. 5, 2008. Click here for the conference agenda, registration forms and other program details.

For more information, contact Susan Kreifels, East-West Center media programs coordinator, at or call (808) 944-7176.

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