By Dean Roper, Editor-in-Chief
“Humour is the last line of defense.” That’s how Swedish journalist Martin Schibbye describes the cruel nature of enduring a sentence in an Ethiopian prison cell. He should know – he spent 14 months in one. Schibbye was held in the same prison where Ethiopian journalist Eskinder Nega, this year’s Golden Pen of Freedom laureate, is serving an 18-year sentence on bogus terrorism-related charges.
Print and digital combined are increasing audiences for newspapers globally, but digital revenues are not keeping pace, posing a risk for newspaper businesses WAN-IFRA’s annual World Press Trends survey reveals. “Unless we crack the revenue issue, and provide sufficient funds so that newspapers can fulfill their societal role, democracy will inevitably be weakened,” WAN-IFRA Secretary General Larry Kilman told the 66th World Newspaper Congress in Turin. Kilman presented the survey results to the gathering of senior newspaper executives from aroung the world.
The urgent need to shield investigative journalism in the post-Snowden era is the burning issue in newsrooms globally, according to the World Editors Forum’s Trends in Newsrooms 2014 report. The 120-page report was released in Turin at the annual World Editors Forum and World Newspaper Congress.
Takeaways from the World Newspaper Congress
Editor-in-Chief Dean Roper's primary takeaways from the Congress sessions in Turin: constant innovation (“think like a startup”), collaboration (“why go it alone?”), mobile, mobile, mobile, leveraging technology, and data.
Martin Schibbye accepted this year’s Golden Pen of Freedom on behalf of Ethiopian publisher and journalist Eskinder Nega. Schibbye spent 14 months in the same brutal prison where Nega remains. Schibbye offered a moving account of his friend’s life and his ongoing commitment to press freedom regardless of the high price he continues to pay.
World Editors Forum
When journalists and editors from around the globe met in Torino for the 21st World Editors Forum in June, the key topics of discussion were the onward progression of the digital transformation of newsrooms and story-telling, the impact of the Snowden effect, abuses of press freedom, the increasingly important role of video stories, the boundary crossing of globalised journalism; and the evolving role of the editor.
World Advertising Forum
Speakers at this year’s World Advertising Forum in Turin made it clear that while digital revenues still have not risen to replace lost print revenues, there is a major sense of hope for income from advertising on tablets. Here we take a look at five key takeaways from the Forum, most of which were stressed by more than one speaker.
The announcement of the new members of the Color Quality Club was awaited with great anticipation. The list of winners includes many “old friends” who have already secured their place in the Star Club, alongside a series of new names who join the ranks of the winners for the first time. Of course, achieving the stated objective – membership in the Color Quality Club as a recognised testimony to excellence in colour newspaper printing – is the top priority. But there are also many other reasons why participating in the competition is worthwhile.
Investment and development
New Delhi will host WAN-IFRA India 2014, the 22nd edition of the annual conference, on 17-18 September. The conference, which is co-sponsored by the Indian Newspaper Society, will have three parallel tracks: Newsroom Summit, Printing Summit, and Crossmedia Advertising Summit.
Insights into the African market
New WAN-IFRA, WEF board members
It has been nearly a year since the SFN Report “Paid digital content: The journey begins” was published, so we met with Valérie Arnould, author of the report, for an update on the rapidly evolving paid-content situation..