MAASTRICHT, 29 October 2009 - Estonian Finance Minister Jürgen Ligi, financial futurist Bernard Lietaer and former Danish Prime Minister Poul Nyrup Rasmussen lead the programme for Covering the Crisis, the EJC Interface conference on the role of the media in the financial crisis. This event also features a cartoon exhibit on the financial crisis by Kevin 'Kal' Kallaugher, the editorial cartoonist for The Economist magazine. The two-day event takes place on 9 and 10 November in Brussels.
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19/10 Poul Nyrup Rasmussen to discuss financial regulation
Former Danish Prime Minister and President of the Party of European Socialists Poul Nyrup Rasmussen has confirmed he will be deliver a keynote speech on financial regulation at the Covering the Crisis conference. Rasmussen, who also is author of a European Parliament report on financial markets reform, believes that the next frontier for the international community is to create a tax on financial transactions.
7/10 Bernard Lietaer to discuss Monetary Blind Spots
With a presentation tagged "Monetary Blind Spots and Structural Solutions", Bernard Lietaer will join the conference to speak in "The New Paradigm of Money" session. Mr. Lietaer has been active in the field of monetary systems for 25 years in a variety of functions, from designing the European currency system while at the Belgian Central Bank to acting as Chief Currency Trader for Gaia Hedge Funds. For the latter, Business Week named him "the world's top currency trader" in 1990. He was formerly Professor of International Finance at Louvain University in Belgium. He has written a series of books, including the 2001 title "The Future of Money: Beyond greed and scarcities".
6/10 Hugh Hendry, Jason Schenker to share inside views
Fund manager Hugh Hendry and former Wachovia economist Jason Schenker are now confirmed as speakers. They will give insights into how media coverage of the crisis was viewed from inside the financial system. Hugh Hendry, founder and Chief Investment Officer of Eclectica Asset Management, is one of the best-known fund managers in the United Kingdom. Jason Schenker is now director of Prestige Economics LLC, based in Austin, Texas. During the crisis, he has worked as an advisor to the risk committee at Wachovia.
10/1/2009 Top Economist, Psychologist Confirmed as Speakers
Our impressive speaker line-up continues to grow. We now have confirmations from Jean Pisani-Ferry, director of the Bruegel economic policy think tank in Brussels, who will join 'The New Paradigm of Money' session; Mark Fenton-O'Creevy, Professor of Organisational Behaviour at the OU Business School in the UK and advisor to the BBC on the 'Love of Money' series; and Tim Johnson, Managing Director of reputation management firm Regester & Larkin International in London. We're expecting more confirmations in the coming weeks.
29/9/2009 Eithne Treanor Joins as Moderator
Irish journalist Eithne Treanor joins us as conference moderator. With Eithne's high-energy presence, speakers and participants are assured lively and highly interactive debates throughout the two conference days. Eithne has 20 years of experience as an international journalist working for ABC News, Sky News, BBC World, Bloomberg and CNBC Europe. She has focused on business and finance and in recent years has built up considerable expertise in the oil and energy industry.
MAASTRICHT, 7 September 2009 - More than ten top international journalists, financial writers and academics have confirmed they will speak at CoveringTheCrisis, an international conference on the role of the media in the economic meltdown, organised by the European Journalism Centre (EJC). The conference takes place in Brussels on Monday Nov. 9 and Tuesday Nov. 10, bringing together journalists, business representatives and policymakers from Europe and the USA.
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13/8/2009 Conference website launched
The European Journalism Centre today launched a dedicated website for its November 9-10 Brussels conference "Covering the Crisis", on the role of media in the financial crisis. The site will be updated over the coming months as the programme takes its final shape and as more speakers and participants confirm their attendance.
6/8/2009 Greg Philo confirmed as speaker
"News is a procession of the powerful. Watch it on TV, listen to the Today programme and marvel at the orthodoxy of views and the lack of critical voices," writes Greg Philo, Professor of Communications and Social Change at Glasgow University's renowned Media Group in a commentary on the financial crisis. "When the credit crunch hit, we were given a succession of bankers, stockbrokers and even hedge-fund managers to explain and say what should be done. But these were the people who had caused the problem, thinking nothing of taking £20 billion a year in city bonuses."
3/8/2009 Willem Middelkoop confirmed as speaker
A financial journalist and TV commentator in The Netherlands, Willem Middelkoop predicted the collapse of the dollar in a Dutch book in 2007. When the crisis hit, Middelkoop left journalism to set up his own investment fund that trades gold and silver. He remains active as speaker and columnist.
3/8/2009 Ásgeir Jónsson confirmed as speaker
The crisis led to the implosion of Iceland’s economy. But how exactly did the markets bring Iceland down? Ásgeir Jónsson, chief economist at Kaupthing Bank, is also author of 'Why Iceland? How one of the world's smallest countries became the meltdown's biggest casualty." "It may well be that Iceland was the canary in the coalmine, in life as well as in death," he writes.
30/7/2009 Damian Tambini confirmed as speaker
"Journalism as a Social Compact: The Rights and Duties of Financial and Business Journalists," is the title of a groundbreaking research report presented by Dr Damian Tambini of the Media and Communications Department at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Dr Tambini is a leading academic expert on financial journalism. His study is part of ongoing research into financial journalism, looking at fundamental shifts caused by market, regulatory and technological changes.
30/7/2009 Dean Starkman confirmed as speaker
Dean Starkman is the assistant managing editor and Kingsford Capital Fellow at Columbia Journalism Review; he runs "The Audit", CJR's online business-press section that describes itself as "your guide to the business press as it scrambles to cover a global financial crisis while its own financial basis collapses." Starkman's stories have been published in high-profile newspapers such as The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post. In July, he wrote a major profile for The Nation on Pulitzer-prize winning New York Times reporter Gretchen Morgenson, who last September exposed how the $85 billion U.S. government rescue package of fallen insurance giant American International Group directly benefited Wall Street's investment banks.
27/7/2009 Danny Schechter confirmed as speaker
Danny Schechter -- "News Dissector" -- has offered a counter narrative to news and perspectives on global issues, politics and culture since 1970 - on radio, TV and the web. Danny edits MediaChannel.org as well as articles, commentaries, polemics, rants and books. His recent publications include 'Plunder; Investigating our Economic Calamity and the Subprime Scandal." Schechter is putting the final touches to a documentary on the role of news in the financial crisis.