Traditional media: The crisis in Thailand's Fourth Estate
Panel discussion

7pm, Wednesday, 7 February 2018
Members: free, Non-members 450 Baht, Thai journalists and Students with valid ID: 150 Baht
"Journalism today is dying because no one has really figured out to support it in a winner-take-all capitalist system," a columnist for The Guardian in London recently observed. His own newspaper has just reformatted as a tabloid to save money. Last July, the Buenos Aires Herald, an English weekly with a remaining circulation of just 20,000, shuttered after 141 years in print.

These are stories are being repeated all over the world, but Thailand seems to still be slightly behind the curve when it comes to newspapers dying. Thai magazines, however, are already vanishing at an alarming rate, including glossies and literary titles that were once household names.

In the English-language realm, The Bangkok Post and The Nation have both been facing financial issues. In a future without these mastheads, how would anyone in the outside world have a clue about what is going on in Thailand? Would online products ever be able to fill the gap. Correspondents, something of an endangered species themselves, would certainly not be able to compensate; and international news agencies are also facing challenging times and simply don't have the resources. The venerable Associated Press, for example, grew great on newspaper clients that today are going bust or already gone.

Join the FCCT's distinguished panel of speakers for an update on the problems facing Thailand's traditional media, and the solutions being attempted.

Pichai Chuensuksawadi, former Bangkok Post editor in chief, and current board member World Association of Newspapers
Pana Janviroj, president of international business affairs at Nation Multimedia Group
Pinpaka Ngamsom, senior online editor, Voice TV
Todd Ruiz, editor, Khaosod English


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