World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers

WAN-IFRA América Latina



WAN-IFRA América Latina

Date and Location

  • 09 Mar 2011 - 10 Mar 2011


  • Conference fee 1 DAY: 345 EUR
  • Conference fee 2 DAYS: 575 EUR


  • Conference fee 1 DAY: 390 EUR
  • Conference fee 2 DAYS: 650 EUR

Method of Payment: Bank transference.

*Please note that the payment should be made in EUR. Since this involves an international transaction, if possible, check with your bank that the amount transferred is correct.

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Programme details

WAN-IFRA, the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers will hold 9 and 10 March 2011, in Bogotá, Colombia, the first edition of WAN-IFRA América Latina , an international conference that aims to become the unmissable meeting point for Latin American publishing industry.



07.30 Registration

08.30 Welcome

  • Gerardo Araujo, President of Andiarios and Managing Director of El Universal, Colombia
  • Christoph Riess, CEO of WAN-IFRA, Germany

08.45 Newspapers today

  • Christoph Riess, CEO of WAN-IFRA, Germany

09.15 A sector in transformation

  • Aldo van Weezel, Director of the Media Management And Transformation Centre -Latin America, Chile

10.00 Coffee break

10.30 The importance of content

  • Raju Narisetti, Managing Editor at The Washington Post, USA

11.15 Successful case studies in Latin America

  • Luis Miguel de Bedout, Managing Director of El Colombiano, Colombia
  • Ricardo Roa, Deputy Editor of Clarín, Argentina
  • Christiano Nygaard, Director of Operations at Group RBS, Brasil

12.30 Networking Lunch

14.00 El Tiempo, a newspaper over 100 years old and with one of the best integrated newsrooms

  • Roberto Pombo, Managing Director of El Tiempo, Colombia

14.45 Latest trends in publication design

  • Francisco Amaral, Managing director and Partner of de Cases i Associats, Spain

15.30 Coffee break

16.00 How some newspapers around the world are winning with youth

  • Aralynn McMane, Executive Director Young Readers Development Programme, WAN-IFRA, France
  • Cristiane Parente, Executive Coordinator, Newspapers in Education, Brazilian Newspapers Association (ANJ)

This session is supported by Norske Skog as part of its partnership in WAN-IFRA’s Paris-based Newspapers in Education Development Project.


16.30 Latest trends in newspaper production

  • Introduction and creative mailroom - Aurelio Mendiguchía, Technical Director at (ITGT-Tajamar), Spain
  • Color Quality - Óscar Ávila, Gerente de Producción de El Universo, Ecuador
  • Costumer focused lean production in contract printing - Michael O'Brien, Head of Operations at Webprint Concepts Limited, Ireland

18.15 Sponsor´s Corner

18.30 Close


08.30 Panel Discussion: Press Freedom in Latin America: one region, múltiple challenges

  • Carlos Cortés Castillo, Former Executive Director of Foundation for Press Freedom, Colombia
  • Catalina Botero, Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression of the Organization of American States, OAS, USA
  • Rocio Gallegos, reporter, El Diario de Juárez, Mexico

10.00 Coffee break

10.30 Internet, social media and mobile devices

  • Onintze Gutiérrez, Head of Mobile at Unidad Editorial, Spain

  • Tim Rowell, Director, Mobile Product Development at The Telegraph Media Group, UK

  • Álex Fuentes, Director of Interactive Products, Miami Herald, USA

  • Anne Nelson, Adjunt Associate Adjunct Associate Professor, Columbia
    School of International and Public Affairs, and Editorial Consultant,

12.30 Networking Lunch

14.00 Multimedia sales survival – Winning the future in ad sales!

Mike Blinder, President of Blinder Group, USA.

14.45 Innovation and latest trends in newspaper advertising. Case study: Folha de S.Paulo

Marcelo Benez, Director of Advertising at Folha de S.Paulo, Brazil

15.30 Coffee break

16.00 Successful Cross-Media

  • Roberto de Celis, Managing Director. Area of Internet in Regional Media at Vocento, Spain
  • Andy Phelan, Managing Editor at Herald Express, UK
  • Alejandro Pardo, Sales Director at ICCK-El, Colombia

18.00 Sponsors Corner

18.20 Close

* Provisional program subject to change


JW Marriott Bogotá*****

Calle. 73 No. 8 – 60
Bogotá, Colombia
Tel. Recepción: +5714816000


JW Marriott Bogotá***** Calle. 73 No. 8 – 60 Bogotá, Colombia Tel. Recepción:+5714816000

We have reserved an allotment of rooms for those attending the conference. Special price for event attendees: $205 +VAT (breakfast incl.) for a Deluxe room and $245 +VAT (breakfast incl.) for a Concierge room . Should you want to benefit from this special rate, please book your room on-line by clicking the following link JW Marriott Bogotá***** and using one of the following codes:

  • For Deluxe Rooms:    WANWANA
  • For Concierge Rooms:  WANWANB



Airport-Hotel Transfers

There is a Hotel shuttle and taxi service that can be arranged for all passengers on request. While Bogotá is a safe city, we strongly recommend that you use only taxis or shuttles previously booked with the hotel in order to fully ensure safe and smooth transfers. If you need a taxi, please contact Nury Gutiérrez directly on +5714816000 Ext. 5106 or

Shuttle fares are the following

  • Taxi Airport-Hotel       Colombian Pesos 49.000 or Usd$26.00     Max 3 people + Luggage
  • Taxi Hotel-Airport       Colombian Pesos 35.000 or Usd$19.00  
  • Van Airport-Hotel       Colombian Pesos 85.000 or Usd$46.00    Max 6 people + Luggage
  • Taxi Hotel- Airport       Colombian Pesos 60.000 or Usd$32.00



For most nationalities there is no restriction of entry to Colombia, there fore it will not be need to apply  for any visa to enter the country. However, it will be reccomended to check which countries need visa by opening the following link



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