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New INMA strategic report highlights global media innovators

19 November 2015

Innovation is a pressing topic at news media companies around the world. More than merely implementing innovative ideas, the most progressive companies are implementing innovative processes.

“How Media Companies Embrace the Process of Innovation” aims to surface the best examples of outcome-based design thinking – inspired by the road map created at Stanford University’s

The INMA report looks at media company innovation in three ways: 

  • Innovation as a seedling for ideas: Case studies from Berlingske Media, The Dallas Morning News, The Economist, Gannett, La Presse, Toronto Star. 
  • Connecting your brand to innovation: Case studies from Chicago Tribune, The Irish Times, Sanoma Oyj.

  • Innovation as a cultural accelerator: Case studies from El Colombiano, Die Welt, Expressen, Fairfax Media, Independent News & Media, MittMedia, Storyful, The Times of India. 

The report caps more than two years of deep investments by INMA into surfacing the nascent innovation programmes that ...

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Front pages tell horrific story of Paris bombings

15 November 2015

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INMA launches 2016 Global Media Awards with new categories

29 October 2015

INMA has launched its Global Media Awards competition, rewarding the best ideas to innovatively grow audience, revenue, and brand of media companies.

Highlights of the competition include:

  • Deadline for entries: January 29, 2016.

  • Web site:

  • Awards ceremony: May 24, 2016, at Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

The INMA Global Media Awards competition aims to reward news media companies that:

  1. Energize brands.

  2. Create new products.

  3. Grow, engage, and monetise audiences.

  4. Grow advertising revenue.

  5. Develop customer insights.

  6. Instill innovation.

“The INMA Global Media Awards represent our industry’s best foot forward in engaging with the changed media landscape,” Earl J. Wilkinson, executive director and CEO of INMA, says.

“How do we add new life to news brands? How do we stand out in the ...

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INMA offers scholarship for Berlin School of Creative Leadership MBA programme

15 October 2015

For a second year, INMA invites industry professionals to apply now for its €20,000 scholarship to the Berlin School of Creative Leadership executive MBA programme. 

The INMA scholarship recipient will receive €20,000 (about US$25,000) tuition support for the Berlin School Executive MBA in Creative Leadership programme starting March 6, 2016, in Berlin, Germany. Up to three additional finalists may be eligible to receive €10,000 in partial tuition support.

The initial INMA Scholarship was won by digital entrepreneur George Nimeh, who until recently was the Chief Digital Officer of KURIER in Austria. Additional finalists also obtained smaller scholarship amounts and enrolled in the EMBA programme. 

“The Berlin School’s academic programme strikes a perfect balance between conceptual and applied learning in an unparalleled and highly motivating international environment,” Nimeh says. “The learnings from just the first module of my MBA have already made a measurable impact on my ...

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7 years of INMA video history

20 August 2015

We all know video is where it’s at. So here’s a reminder of all the INMA video available to you on INMA’s YouTube channel — from formal conference presentations to quick chats on the hottest topics, like this one from INMA CEO/Executive Director Earl J. Wilkinson on the print vs. digital question in ...

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INMA report on media smartphone apps shines light on rapidly shifting discussions

27 July 2015

The trials, tribulations, and aspirations of media companies trying to make smartphone apps work for their most loyal readers are the focus of a report by the International News Media Association (INMA), titled “Smartphone App Lessons for Media Companies.”

The report offers 19 case studies of media companies in Asia, Europe, Latin America, North America, and the South Pacific, aiming to sync smartphone app plans to their local digital ecosystems.

Over and over across the case studies, media companies ...

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30 INMA Award winners unveiled for sales and marketing excellence, El Colombiano takes top prize

12 May 2015

Thirty of the world’s best news media sales and marketing initiatives were honoured tonight by the International News Media Association (INMA), punctuated by El Colombiano taking the coveted “Best in Show.”

The INMA Awards were presented at the closing dinner of the 85th Annual INMA World Congress at the Edison Ballroom in New York’s Times Square before nearly 300 media executives.

The INMA Awards 2015 competition generated 578 entries from 190 market-leading companies in 38 countries. The competition was judged in February by an international jury of 33 executives from 15 countries representing the worlds of media and marketing.

Created in 1935, the INMA Awards competition is the news media industry’s premier barometer for growing audience, revenue, and brand across platforms. Overall, 30 first place awards in 15 categories across two audience groups were presented to 26 media companies.

“Innovation ruled the winning entries in this year’s INMA Awards competition,” said Earl J. Wilkinson, executive director and CEO of INMA. “We live in a transformation era, and the stand-out initiatives contributed to that transformation – whether innovation processes, social media breakthroughs, or new digital products conceived in ...

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Ottosson, Whitehead presented INMA Silver Shovel Awards for career achievement

12 May 2015

Sweden’s Bengt Ottosson and Australia’s Robert Whitehead

Sweden’s Bengt Ottosson and Australia’s Robert Whitehead were presented the 2015 Silver Shovel Awards tonight by the International News Media Association (INMA) for lifetime achievement and contributions to INMA. 

The awards were presented Tuesday evening before nearly 300 international media executives at the INMA Awards Dinner in Times Square’s Edison Ballroom. 

The long-time CEO of Swedish popular daily newspaper, Expressen, Ottosson was cited by INMA President Yasmin Namini “for a career dedicated to mentoring and for unselfish dedication to the media industry” in presenting the Silver Shovel Award, INMA’s highest individual honour. 

A past president of the Swedish Media Publishers Association (TU), Ottosson has served on the INMA ...

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Storyful captures INMA Global Innovation Award worldwide prize

12 May 2015

Seven companies were rewarded tonight for excellence in innovation by the International News Media Association (INMA), with social media curation company Storyful taking home worldwide first place in the Global Innovation Awards, presented by Newscycle Solutions.

The Global Innovation Awards were presented at the closing dinner of the 85th Annual INMA World Congress at the Edison Ballroom in New York’s Times Square before nearly 300 media executives.

The second annual INMA Global Innovation Award competition rewards media company programmes that encourage ideation and incubation, change the corporate culture, attract young talent, and incentivises innovation mindsets.

The seven regional winners ...

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17 media executives elected to INMA Board of Directors

10 May 2015

INMA New Board President Mark Challinor and Past President Yasmin Namini
Outgoing INMA President Yasmin Namini passes the gavel to incoming INMA President Mark Challinor at the association’s World Congress May 12 at The TimesCenter in New York.

INMA elected new officers and directors today at its annual business meeting at the Marriott Marquis in New York. 

As INMA’s governing body, the Board of Directors is responsible for the strategy and direction of INMA worldwide.

Officers elected were: 

Mark ChallinorMark Challinor, a long-time London and Liverpool newspaper executive who today is managing director of United Kingdom-based Media Futures Ltd., was elected president for a two-year term.

Eduardo GarcesEduardo Garces, general manager of El Espectador in Colombia, was elected vice president. 

Yasmin NaminiYasmin Namini, most recently senior vice president/chief consumer officer of The New York Times, becomes immediate past president of INMA. 

Ross McPhersonRoss McPherson, managing director of McPherson Media Group in Shepparton, Australia, was re-elected to a three-year term as the association’s treasurer.

Challinor began his newspaper career at the Liverpool Echo in the United Kingdom before serving in various marketing and promotion capacities for Trinity Mirror and Associated Newspapers. He later was managing director of two mobile consultancies, Buzz Mobile Marketing and g8wave Ltd., before spearheading the mobile strategy for Telegraph Media Group. Today, he heads up the digital consultancy Media Futures. Challinor has served ...

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