News World Offers a Short Cut to Long Form News
(Banff, Canada, October 7, 2003)

News World, the premier conference for the international broadcast news industry, is offering a limited number of bursaries to allow independent documentary makers to attend this year's event in Dublin, Ireland, October 21 to 23, 2003.

Last year, News World 2002, supported by senior management of the most important news organizations in the world, launched an initiative to recognize the often undervalued role current affairs documentaries play in the vital task of informing the viewing public. News World inaugurated a special documentary award and screened a season of revealing programmes by filmmakers from Britain, the U.S.A., Switzerland, France and Germany.

A new and expanded initiative, developed in conjunction with Vivian Schiller, Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Discovery Times Channel, continues in 2003. In addition News World is mounting a major conference session "Long Form News – The Best of Times, the Worst of Times," investigating the health of the current affairs documentary genre. Chaired by Michael Oreskes, Assistant Managing Editor and Director of Electronic News of The New York Times, the session will compare the impact of documentaries with that of bulletin news. It will also test the assumption that long form news is feeling the pinch in terrestrial primetime and ask whether the growth of niche cable and satellite channels offer serious filmmakers – many of them freelance producers living and working on frugal budgets – more opportunities than ever to get their work on screen.

In recognition of the Discovery Times Channel's support of News World, and also the vital work done by so many documentary makers, News World is delighted to offer a special delegate rate of 750 Euros – half the full conference rate – to the first 15 independent producers who apply.

Delegates will, of course, have access not only to the documentary session and screenings, but to all three days of News World 2003, including the one-day inquiry into coverage of the war in Iraq, debates on "Islam v The Rest", entertainment news, bias and the right to know, and many other pressing issues. There's a rare chance to hear the legendary Walter Cronkite in conversation about his life and times, and Cronkite will receive this year's Lifetime Achievement Award at a Reuters-sponsored cocktail reception that also features the 2003 Documentary Award and the News world/Reuters Mohamed Amin Award for an outstanding feat in journalism. For full details of this year's conference agenda, go to

If you are an independent documentary maker and you want to attend News World at the bursary rate, email your request now to:

Patrick Stoddart
Editorial Director
News World
12 St James's Square
London SW1Y 4RB
Tel: +44 (0) 207 849 6723
Mobile: + 44 (0) 7710 535790

For More Information:

Heidi Bobiak
Communications Manager
Banff Television Foundation

Sarah Pearson
Communications Assistant
Banff Television Foundation

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