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XMA Cross Media Awards Jury Announced

XMA Cross Media Awards Jury Announced

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The XMA Awards, which will be presented at the World Publishing Expo 2012 (formerly the IFRA Expo) in Frankfurt, Germany, in October, will showcase newspapers that have mastered audience engagement and gained large followings on Twitter, Facebook, or on other social media platforms.

The jury for “XMA 2012: Social Media Stars” have begun evaluating more than 90 projects, looking for those newspapers that use social media tools in innovative ways, that engage readers through word-of-mouth campaigns and that offer appealing content tailored to social platforms.

Winners will be announced on Tuesday, 30 October, at the World Publishing Expo, the world’s largest global trade exhibition for the news publishing and media industry. Full details of the exhibitions and related conferences can be found at

The XMA jury includes:

- Seán Clarke, Executive Producer for the Guardian Media Group in the United Kingdom;

- Thomas Crampton, Asia Pacific Director, based in Hong Kong for the Ogilvy Agency;

- Nils von Heijne, Director of the Pronto Communication Agency in Sweden;

- Michael Heipel, Executive Director Marketing and Event Management for WAN-IFRA;

- Holger Kansky, Multimedia Advisor at the German newspaper association BDZV;

- Olivia Ma, News Manager for YouTube;

- Regina McCombs, Faculty member for Virtuel Teaching and Multimedia at The Poynter Institute for Media Studies in the United States;

- Anette Novak, Sweden-based Board Member of the World Editors Forum;

- Jan Rezab, CEO and Co-founder of Socialbakers in the Czech Republic;

- Michael Stoll, Trainer in Social Media Topics for the Society for News Design in Germany.

The XMA Cross Media Awards, now in its seventh year, showcases the most creative examples in cross-media publishing.  Full details of the awards, including past winners, can be found at

WAN-IFRA, based in Paris, France, and Darmstadt, Germany, with subsidiaries in Singapore, India, Spain, France and Sweden, is the global organisation of the world’s newspapers and news publishers. It represents more than 18,000 publications, 15,000 online sites and over 3,000 companies in more than 120 countries. Its core mission is to defend and promote press freedom, quality journalism and editorial integrity and the development of prosperous businesses.

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Inquiries to: Larry Kilman, Deputy CEO and Director of Communications and Public Affairs, WAN-IFRA, 96 bis, rue Beaubourg, 75003 Paris France. Tel: +33 1 47 42 85 07. Fax: +33 1 42 78 92 33. Mobile: +33 6 10 28 97 36. E-mail:


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2012-08-14 12:04

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