WAN-Ifra World Newspaper Congress and World Editors Forum
“Shaping the Future of the Newspaper” was the theme of the 64th World Newspaper Congress and 19th World Editors Forum in Kiev, Ukraine. The three-day conference, sponsored by the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA), drew an audience of more than 1,000 publishers, editors, and other senior newsmedia executives from around the world.
Presentations and discussions by participants focused on the challenges and opportunities that are marking the transformations of the newsmedia industry in the digital age. The range of editorial and news industry experiences coming from all corners of the globe made it clear that different regions have different perspectives and local needs — but also share similar concerns and possibilities.
It was a given that newspapers are now multi-media — with options for development in all platforms — print, television, video, mobile, online, and tablet. It was also clear that print itself is still viable (with caveats, of course, and depending on context). Business models, new forms of journalism, technology developments, paying for digital content, and audience relevance were recurring touch points.
The notion of “slow” or “fast” news was a developing theme from different quarters, not just in relation to storytelling but as a way of accommodating to what the different media platforms allow, as well as a way to re-organise the newsroom and industry business models. The “lean back” experience afforded by print and larger formats as opposed to the “lean forward” detail provided by mobile devices is re-delineating both story format and information delivery practices, as well as products along platform lines. Referring to “long form” journalism or long-form video gives pride of place to what might otherwise be muted by the 24/7, 140-character media dominance.
These summaries were written by Colleen Cotter.
02-05 September 2012