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Tonga to host 5th Pacific Media Summit

Alisi Vucago
Saturday, March 03, 2018

Update: 6:35PM MEDIA personnel from around the Pacific will attend a week of training to explore opportunities and challenges that media organisations face in a digitally-empowered society.

The Pacific Islands News Association (PINA) will hold its biennial 5th Pacific Media Summit themed 'Empowering the Media for Digital Challenges' in Tonga from May 7-11 this year.

A statement issued by PINA this evening said the summit theme covered the expanding social media innovations and mobile devices that had changed the way news are received, consumed, shared, and interpreted.

"Some mainstream media have had great difficulty adapting to this new normal, resulting in declining profits, readership, and influence," the statement said. 

"As a result of this seismic change, important questions about the fate of the news business have emerged.

"The plenary sessions will consider some of these 'real' issues confronting our members and explore solutions and learn from others that have successfully harnessed these new opportunities."

There are about 100 to 150 delegates expected to attend the week-long summit that comprises two days of pre-summit workshops, two days of interactive plenary sessions and the final retreat day for delegates, followed by the annual general meeting for PINA's financial members.

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