By Dean Roper, Editor-in-Chief
As we were going to press, we received confirmation that U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will speak at the opening ceremony of the World News Media Congress in Washington, D.C., 1st June. Kerry’s participation caps a great programme and schedule of events on tap for D.C. I can’t wait!
European Digital Media Awards 2015 winners announced
As Canada’s leading news organisation, The Globe and Mail is keenly aware of the importance of active and transparent management of data protection in order to maintain consumers’ trust in its publishing brand. WAN-IFRA Contributor Cecilia Campbell examines The Globe and Mail’s practices in this excerpt from our upcoming WAN-IFRA Report on data privacy.
Sanoma is a leading media company, originally based in Finland, which has a strong presence across Europe. In just a few years, Sanoma’s Mobile Development Centre in Budapest has evolved into a centre of excellence for the creation and development of media applications, launching hundreds of apps for the group and its clients in a wide range of industries.
It is predicted that at least 2 billion people – a quarter of the world’s population – will be using smartphones by 2016. The smartphone phenomenon is changing the way people consume news content, and media organisations globally are realigning their strategies to adapt to those changes.
Leading the mobile news revolution for The Wall Street Journal is a former managing editor of Mashable, Emily Banks. She is at the forefront of innovation, training journalists and editors to create better content for mobile devices.
Martin Baron arrived at The Washington Post as Executive Editor in 2012 after a Pulitzer-studded term at the helm of The Boston Globe. The Post acquired iconic status in the history of investigative reporting via Woodward and Bernstein’s Watergate coverage. A Pulitzer for Public Service in 2014 for reporting the Snowden revelations cemented the legacy.
Baron expresses concern about the future of investigative journalism in the post-Snowden era, highlighting new impediments such as the virulent pursuit of government leakers, and mass surveillance. However, he tells WAN-IFRA Research Fellow Julie Posetti, surrendering to those challenges would be “the greatest act of irresponsibility on the part of the press.”
“I believe in the future everything we will do will somehow be connected to programmatic, and it really does not matter if it is pure RTB or programmatic direct; programmatic will be a part of our DNA.”
That sums up Robert Johansson’s take on the importance of programmatic for Schibsted, the well-known digitally innovative darling of northern Europe, which claims it can reach 8 out of 10 people in Sweden and garners about 40 percent of online traffic in the country.
Investment and development
WAN-IFRA’s 10th Annual Middle East Conference drew more than 250 participants from 15 countries to Dubai, UAE, which once again hosted this key event for news publishers in the region. The event, held on 15-16 April, was dedicated to discussions of the latest innovations in advertising, newsrooms and printing, as well as a look at how the industry might appear in the year 2020.
The figure stands at 1,122 and counting. You will have heard mention of this before, but it bears repeating. At the time of publication, 1,122 represents the number of journalists recorded killed in the line of duty since 1992.
Over the past 23 years, an average of nearly one colleague per week has died. If you happen to be reading this article at the World News Media Congress, 1,122 equates to approximately everyone in attendance.
Around the world, 2.5 billion people read a printed newspaper every day. That corresponds to 49 percent of all adults. And 46 percent of all Internet users read a newspaper in digital form. The revenues of the global newspaper industry amount to US$ 163 billion, which is 50 percent more than that of all the world‘s book publishers, double that of the film industry, and three times the turn-over of the music industry.
Why does print still play such a major role for newspapers? Have we not long since turned our attention and business focus to the digital side of the business?