Southeast Asia has an economic and technological context which is favourable to the emergence of a new media economy. The wide use of social networks, a high Internet penetration rate and increased development of smartphones promote the transition from traditional media to digital technology.
However, there is still high inequality of development between the various countries, on the one hand, and within each of them, on the other. There remain technological, but also regulatory, economic and geopolitical inequalities which restrict the development of the media. This digital divide is compounded by inequality linked to the lack of representation of local issues which excludes part of the population from the national debate.
In order to assist the media in their digital transition, improve their representative nature and contribute to pluralism, the 4M project supports them in taking account of community questions and integrating them into their digital strategy. The 4M project will also assist the media from the region in developing new tools allowing them to increase their readership and establish their economic model.
Online newspaper executives
Journalists with multimedia skills
Chief editors of traditional and online newspapers
Bloggers, activists, citizen journalists
In September 2014, the 4M Jakarta forum, open to almost 100 traditional and digital media players from the area, promoted the sharing of experiences and networking during days of discussions and workshops.
A 4M Asia forum is closing the project with a presentation of all the work carried out and the tools developed. The beneficiaries will present and compare their different experiences in the course of plenary discussions and more targeted workshops.
How online media are changing journalism and news production in South-East Asia?
The 4M Paris Meetings of 20 and 22 April 2016 also provided the opportunity to review the progress of the 4M Asia project and consider the next milestones.
On 7 February 2017 CFI has launched a call for applications addressed to media organizations with relevant data journalism project that could impact on local communities or tackle topics related to people's rights and freedom to participate in data journalism training as part of 4M Asia project.
The site development project, its key features and the contributions expected from the local media are determined in the office of the AJI in the course of a training session bringing together a French expert and multimedia journalists and developers.
Members of the AJI then receive training in order to enable them to successfully carry out training across the country in subjects linked to the use of the web (writing, placing online, referencing, economic model).
Once they have been trained, members of the AJI, accompanied by a French journalist, lead discussions and workshops at various local sites on the treatment of local issues and participation in the editorial strategy of the aggregator site. These sessions can then be increased on the initiative of the AJI.
The analysis and assessment of the various initiatives undertaken in the regions leads to the pooling of knowledge and opens up the perspective of possible improvements to the site.
15 Indonesian online media outlets met in Bogor from 29 February to 2 March 2016 to finalise the creation of a news aggregator and to exchange ideas on the development of their media outlets.
Various regional training sessions are being organised for 30 media representatives from various countries concerning subjects linked to new media: community media issues, community radio stations, the written press and web journalism, community sites and blogs, networking, training of trainers.
Thirty representatives from community media in South-East Asia have attended a three-day forum in Bangkok to talk about business models, news pluralism, data journalism and fake news.
Three training sessions for 12 media representatives are being organised in order to determine their data journalism needs, develop tools with a group of experts and organise the monetisation of their data.
This programme is part of a CFI project called 4M Asia, which aims to develop new skills on the part of media stakeholders to promote new journalistic forms allowing broader expression of the diversity of opinion within society.
From 9 to 13 May 2017, the 12 journalists from Southeast Asia whose project had been selected for 4M Asia took part in the first data-journalism training workshop held in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
"Open the link to the menus on Slack, then provide details of your order on the Google Sheet spreadsheet that I have just created in the G Drive".
Since 2014, the 4M Asia project has been providing support and guidance to independent media outlets in seven countries in South-East Asia as they make the switch to digital and develop new tools. Around 100 media professionals attended the closing forum, which was held in Jakarta on 7 and 8 April 2018.