By Dean Roper, Editor-in-Chief
“I am here to promote cage wrestling to mainstream media.” Words I never thought I would hear at the World News Media Congress. “Excuse me, did you say cage wrestling?” I said to the young guy. “Yeah, I know,” he said. “I get that reaction sometimes.”
Expo in Hamburg!
To get an insider’s perspective on the findings of the latest World Press Trends (WPT) survey, we interviewed Mira Milosevic, a chief analyst for WPT and author of the annual report.
The long-standing guide to the industry evolves for the digital age
The second wave of news gamification, changing practices in investigative journalism in response to source protection erosion, and the rise of automated reporting dominate the newrooms trends identified in our new report, which we launched at the World Editors Forum in Washington, D.C., in June. Trends in Newsrooms 2015 maps the top nine issues occupying the minds and work of more than 50 editors and senior journalists interviewed this year by the World Editors Forum.
Speakers at this year’s World Editors Forum in Washington, D.C., discussed the trends, challenges and advantages of running a modern newsroom. In this article, WAN-IFRA Research Fellow Julie Posetti offers her top takeaways from the WEF sessions as well as a preliminary look at some of the findings of a study on source protection in the digital age, which the WEF has undertaken for a UNESCO report. The report will be published later this year.
“To be trusted voices of light and truth reaching
hundreds of millions of people worldwide.”
– Deseret mission statement
That is an ambitious mission statement for any business, much less one that is essentially a local media company based in the state of Utah (USA), which has a population of fewer than 3 million people. But Deseret Management Corporation is no ordinary local media company. In fact, in addition to owning the daily newspaper Deseret News, Deseret Digital Media, KSL Television & Radio and Deseret Book, the company oversees life insurance and hospitality businesses as well. And what makes Deseret truly unique is its owner: the Mormon Church. Deseret is the for-profit arm of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
For news publishers looking to benchmark their transformation progress, the strategy sessions at the World News Media Congress in Washington provided much food for thought. One of the first panel discussions served as a good indication, as three legacy media publishers took the stage to discuss their companies’ growth while undergoing digital transformations. Larry Kramer, President and Publisher of USA Today, Terry Kroeger, President and CEO of BH Media Group, and Stephen P. Hills, President and General Manager of The Washington Post, shared insights, but a central theme for this panel and others was the idea of harnessing technology.
Programmatic, video, mobile, native advertising – clearly the hot advertising topics within the industry today. And all at different stages of development by news publishers around the world. Experts in each topic provided the World Advertising Forum with detailed insights for visitors to gauge their strategies for their specific markets. It’s becoming increasingly clear that not only is programmatic here to stay, but it is continuing to grow rapidly and likely to dominate the way most ads are bought and sold within the next few years.
Investment and development
Tomas Brunegård, former Chairman and CEO of the Stampen Media Group in Sweden, was re-elected President of WAN-IFRA for a two-year term during the World News Media Congress in Washington, D.C., in June. Michael Golden, Vice Chairman of The New York Times, was elected Vice President and is in line for the Presidency when Brunegård’s term ends in June 2017.
Protecting the messenger: What the media should do
By Peter G. Marsh
News media websites continue to be prime targets for cyber-attacks. In May, The Washington Post’s mobile site was hacked by a group claiming to be part of the Syrian Electronic Army. The attack lasted about 30 minutes, and visitors to some section fronts saw messages that said “The media is always lying” before being redirected to a Syrian Electronic Army website.