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FYI, There Was a World Media Summit Thursday

Did you hear about the 2013 World Media Summit in Hangzhou, China? Chances are no, unless you’re an avid reader of Chinese media.

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Although this year’s edition featured execs from The New York Times Company, AP, Reuters, the BBC, Al Jazeera Media Network, NBC News and others, there is scant international coverage. Something David Bandurski, editor of the University of Hong Kong’s China Media Project, considers rather amazing:

One of the things I find most incredible is that there are virtually no news reports of the event anywhere outside China. This is an international summit about media, hosted by a country that has an abysmal record this year alone on media and information (including the crippling of Sina Weibo, its most vital media platform), and no one wants to talk about it.

Is this not news? Well, let me help out by providing a list of three interesting possible stories emerging from this year’s summit:

1. According to reports from Chinese state media, next year’s World Media Summit will be hosted by the New York Times. Why? What does this mean? How is it linked, if at all, to the business interests of the New York Times in China? What does the New York Times have to say for itself?

Anyone? Actually, the big news out of yesterday’s confab is that there will in future years be WMS global prizes for journalism awarded. A state media report about that featured some enthusiastic comments from senior NYT advisor David S. C. Liu and Zheng Yide, editor-in-chief of NYC Chinese-language daily The China Press.

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