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Q&A: How Facebook says it is working on the revenue issue for publishers

Fri, 2017-06-16 09:57

“It’s been a time of incredible change and challenge, from fake news to filter bubbles and debate about our place in the news ecosystem.” That’s how Nick Wrenn, Facebook’s Head of News Partnerships for EMEA, summed up the last year or so for the company during his short presentation at World News Media Congress last week. The same could be said of the publishers in the room and around the world who continue to grapple with what type of relationship they should forge with Facebook.

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Social media teams: the secret weapon against misinformation

Wed, 2017-06-14 15:51

While the number of fact-checking organisations has more than doubled since 2014, newsrooms need to start pulling their weight by empowering and encouraging their social media teams to join the fight against misinformation.

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Into Africa: Western media make major digital strides

Tue, 2017-06-13 11:57

During the past five or so years, a couple of large Western media players, Swiss-based Ringier and US-publisher HuffPost have launched major initiatives in Africa that are already paying off, with representatives from each telling delegates at the World News Media Congress that they are looking forward to continuing and growing their efforts on the continent.

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'Brand extension, diversification are crucial' – Figaro Group Deputy CEO

Fri, 2017-06-09 01:26

“Our brands have never been so powerful and reached so many people, so brand extension is key to our development and to revenue growth,” Jean-Luc Breysse, Deputy CEO of France's Figaro Group, told participants in WAN-IFRA's World News Media Congress on Thursday in Durban, South Africa.

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'Journalism's mission is more important than ever'

Fri, 2017-06-09 01:23

An anti-establishment mood, coupled with the rise of disinformation and a decline of trust in the media, have thrust the journalism industry into full self-examination mode.

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Michael Golden steps up to WAN-IFRA Presidency

Thu, 2017-06-08 16:11

Despite growing up in an internationally acclaimed newspaper family, Michael Golden thought he wanted to be a teacher. It turned out that teaching didn’t quite quench his thirst – that newspaper DNA was undeniable. Today, some 40 years into his news media career, the vice chairman of the board of The New York Times Company starts a new chapter as President of WAN-IFRA, stepping up from First Vice President to succeed Tomas Brunegård.

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Trends in Newsrooms 5: Joining forces to fight disinformation

Thu, 2017-06-08 14:44

The journalism industry’s fight against disinformation has given rise to various collaborative fact-checking projects involving scores  of newsrooms in multiple countries.

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Lessons from collaborative fact-checking projects

Thu, 2017-06-08 13:18

The journalism industry’s fight against disinformation has given rise to various collaborative fact-checking projects involving scores of newsrooms in multiple countries.

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World Press Trends 2017: The audience-focused era arrives

Thu, 2017-06-08 11:26

The results of WAN-IFRA’s annual survey depict an industry that is increasingly building loyal audiences around its high-quality journalism, as the shift to reader-based revenue continues.

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New faces on World Editors Forum Board

Thu, 2017-06-08 07:01

At its annual meeting in Durban on Wednesday, the World Editors Forum elected five new advisory board members.

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World Editors Forum President calls for urgent action in Turkey

Thu, 2017-06-08 06:41

In his first official task as President of the World Editors Forum, Dave Callaway, Editor Emeritus and CEO of, honoured Can Dündar the exiled former editor of Turkey's Cumhuriyet.  Dündar was awarded the 2017 Golden Pen of Freedom during the opening of the World News Media Congress and World Editors Forum in Durban.

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Women in News Summit reveals big challenges to overcome

Wed, 2017-06-07 23:22

Journalists, editors, and media executives from across the globe came together at the Women in News Summit to celebrate female leaders in the media industry and discuss the challenges women are still facing in today.

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Golden Pen of Freedom Awarded to Turkish Journalist Can Dündar

Wed, 2017-06-07 17:07

The Golden Pen of Freedom, the annual press freedom award of the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA), has been awarded to Turkish journalist and former editor-in-chief of Cumhuriyet newspaper, Can Dündar.

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Congress welcome speech by outgoing WAN-IFRA President Tomas Brunegård

Wed, 2017-06-07 15:33

The following is the full text of the speech by outgoing WAN-IFRA President Tomas Brunegård to participants and guests of honor at the World News Media Congress in Durban, South Africa, 7-9 June 2017.

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Laureates of the 2017 Women in News Editorial Leadership Award named

Fri, 2017-06-02 11:40

WAN-IFRA has named an editor from Egypt and an editor from Kenya as Winners of the WAN-IFRA Women in News Editorial Leadership Award.

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Awakening the ghosts of 1995 – The year we gave up

Thu, 2017-06-01 13:32

A pivotal year in the history of journalism, 1995 marked the industry’s failure to embrace the digital dawn. In tracing an arc from hot metal to audience-first, guest author Steve Foley here examines journalism’s contemporary challenges – and their precedents – in the hope of understanding what has imperilled journalism itself.

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Mexican Regional Media Reacts to Official Response to Crisis of Freedom of Expression

Wed, 2017-05-31 10:04

Directors from 10 Mexican regional media outlets and representatives of the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA) met with authorities from the Secretary of the Interior (SEGOB) and the Attorney General’s Office (PGR) to express their concerns regarding the current crisis affecting journalism and to discuss the measures announced by the government to address it.

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Trends in Newsrooms 4: Is it crunch time for video?

Tue, 2017-05-30 13:41

Tech firm Cisco estimates that by 2019 video will make up 80 percent of all Internet traffic. With that much demand, publishers have no choice but to prioritise their video strategies – and quickly.

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