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Newsroom Summit: How to Prevent Entrenched Culture from Blocking Change

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Newsroom Summit: How to Prevent Entrenched Culture from Blocking Change


Lisa MacLeod, Head of Operations for, Marco Bardazzi, Digital Editor of La Stampa, and Alison Gow, Editor for Digital Innovation at Trinity Mirror Regionals, have joined the programme for the upcoming International Newsroom Summit, to talk about how editors can transform the culture of their newsrooms as the digital revolution becomes embedded.

Though many editors recognise the need for their teams to be fast and agile to counter increasing competition from digital and social media, corners of their newsrooms often remain stubbornly resistant to change.

The 13th International Newsroom Summit, organised by the World Editors Forum on 13 and 14 October in Amsterdam during the World Publishing Expo, will present the best examples of how editors are meeting this challenge and syncing their newsrooms to the digital world.

Ms MacLeod, Mr Bardazzi and Ms Gow will join Managing Editor of the Belgium’s innovative daily Le Soir, Didier Hamann, to share their experiences at managing newsroom evolution in a session titled “how to prevent your newsroom culture blocking change.”

Full details can be found at

The World Editors Forum has teamed up with the Online News Association (ONA) to bring leading digital thinkers to Amsterdam for two sessions on ‘how to make a story go viral’ and ‘newsroom metrics, moving beyond pageviews’.

Other sessions include:

-- Engagement: Get, Grow and Manage Civil Conversations, featuring Greg Barber, Director of Digital News Projects for The Washington Post, and Anita Zielina, Deputy Editor in Chief of Stern.

-- Ethical Conundrums in the Digital Age, which will feature Steve Herrmann, Editor at BBC News Online, Fergus Bell, Social Media and User Generated Content Editor for the international service of The Associated Press, and Peter Barron, Director of Communications for Europe, the Middle East and Africa for Google.

-- Smart New Ways to Reach Your Audience, featuring John Crowley, Digital Editor at the Wall Street Journal’s for Europe the Middle East and Africa, Trushar Barot, Apps Editor for BBC World Service and Global News, and Grig Davidovitz, CEO of RGB Media.

-- How Do You Make A Story Go Viral, from the Online News Association and presented by S. Mitra Kalita, Ideas Editor at Quartz.

-- Digital Tools: They Are Free and Effective, Why Aren’t You Using Them?, A discussion featuring Robyn Tomlin, Chief Digital Officer of the Pew Research Center and Nicolas Becquet, Journalist & Editorial Developer at L'Echo/De Tijd, Belgium

-- Newsroom Metrics: Moving Beyond Pageviews, which will feature Maria A. Ressa, CEO and Executive Editor of Rappler, and Stijn Debrouwere, a Fellow at the Tow Center for Digital Journalism.

-- Plus much more.  Full details at

Mark Deuze, author and Professor of Media Studies at the University of Amsterdam will open the conference and act as the Summit rapporteur.

The International Newsroom Summit is one of three premium conferences to be held during the World Publishing Expo, the largest global trade exhibition for the news publishing and media industry. More than 8,000 visitors are expected in Amsterdam for the Expo and conferences.

The two other premium conferences are the 7th Tablet & App Summit on 14 and 15 October, and the World Printers Forum on 15 and 16 October. More than 100 speakers will be featured at the conferences and elsewhere in the venue.

Full details of the Expo and related events can be found at

The World Editors Forum is the organization within the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA) for chief editors and other senior newsroom personnel.

WAN-IFRA, based in Paris, France, and Frankfurt, Germany, with subsidiaries in Singapore and India, 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.

Inquiries to: Federica Cherubini, Programme Manager, WAN-IFRA, 96 bis, rue Beaubourg, 75003 Paris France. Tel: +33 1 47 42 85 00.. E-mail:

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