The white paper explores the impact of AI, demand for people-centric news, growth of the metaverse, and Gen Z consumption habits.
At an exclusive event in Westminster, London, Global Media Congress, in partnership with Emirates News Agency (WAM) and trans-Atlantic think tank Henry Jackson Society, has launched a new White Paper on the future of the media industry.
The launch event convened over 60 media leaders, MPs, academics, and other figures from across the industry around the theme of “Building resilient media organisations in the age of disinformation”.
The publication of the White Paper follows the conclusion of the inaugural Global Media Congress in Abu Dhabi last November. During the three-day event, hosted by WAM in association with ADNEC Group, 14,000 experts and visitors attended. Preparations for its second edition in November 2023 are already gathering pace.
The event held a panel discussion featuring WAM Director-General Mohammed Jalal Al Rayssi; Lord James Bethell, a former parliamentary undersecretary of state in the UK; and Chiyo Robertson, a senior business editor. The discussion was moderated by Marc Sidwell, a director of research for the Henry Jackson Society.
A key feature of the Global Media Congress is the Media Future Labs, a series of no-holds-barred roundtable debates led by those shaping the future of the media industry. It presents eight different perspectives on fundamental questions around news organisations’ resilience in an age of fast-paced technological change and the spread of disinformation.
Central themes explored include media literacy, the impact of new technologies such as artificial intelligence, the demand for people-centric news, the growth of the metaverse, and Gen Z consumption habits. The white paper also includes four expert insights from leading media practitioners.
Speaking about the white paper, Mohammed Jalal Al Rayssi said: “It is my hope that this white paper will serve as a reference point for the global media industry as we work together to sustainably reform for the future. It is something we intend to update and publish annually.”