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18th World Editors Forum

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18th World Editors Forum

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  • 12 Oct 2011 - 15 Oct 2011
    Vienna
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Daily News from the World Editors Forum!

WAN-IFRA will be providing live coverage (in English) during the World Editors Forum on the World Newspaper Week Blog. Please check back for update, and follow us on twitter: #wef2011

 

With the Congress and Editors Forum just days away, we've moved from online registration to registration in Vienna -- you can register onsite at the Reed Messe Vienna, site of the global meetings of the world's press.

The evening events are already fully booked, so we are afraid we can't guarantee a seat there. We apologise for that. But there is still plenty of room in the business sessions and we're happy to welcome you to the conferences.

Thank you very much and hope to see you in Vienna!

The editor as innovator, as businessman, as the centre of the community, and more: the 2011 World Editors Forum in Vienna will explore these multiple facets of an editor’s job and look at how he/she can excel at each but still maintain a key focus on good content.

The digital world of news is rapidly changing and the opportunities for newspapers, as well as the challenges that accompany them, are undergoing constant evolution. How can newspapers continue to fulfill their core mission of producing high quality journalism, and even improve on it, despite the myriad of new responsibilities of their editors?

See programme

Speakers

  • Alexandra Föderl-Schmid
    Alexandra Föderl-Schmid, Editor-in-Chief, Der Standard, Austria

    Alexandra Föderl-Schmid has been Editor-in-Chief of Der Standard since 2007....

Speakers

  • Alexandra Föderl-Schmid, Editor-in-Chief, Der Standard, Austria

    Alexandra Föderl-Schmid has been Editor-in-Chief of Der Standard since 2007....

  • Anette Novak

    Anette Novak, former editor-in-chief of Norran, regional media house 2 300 kilometers north of...

  • Azrul Ananda, President Director, Jawa Pos, Indonesia

    Azrul Ananda is President Director of PT Jawa Pos Koran. He joined the paper at...

  • Béla Papp, Publishing Director, Ringier Studios, Switzerland

    For the past year Béla E. Papp has been a leading member of Ringier Studios,...

  • Bill Adair, Founder and Editor, PolitiFact, USA

    Bill Adair is the founder and editor of PolitiFact, a fact-checking website...

  • Bill Mitchell, Leader of Entrepreneurial and International Programs, Poynter Institute, USA

    Bill Mitchell leads the Entrepreneurial Journalism and International Programs...

  • Bobby Schweizer, co-author of 'Newsgames: Journalism at Play', USA

    Bobby Schweizer is a doctoral student in Digital Media at the Georgia Institute...

  • Charlie Beckett, Director of POLIS, London School of Economics, UK

    Charlie Beckett is the founding director of POLIS, the journalism think-tank in...

  • Chris Roper, Head of Online, Mail & Guardian, South Africa

    Chris Roper is the editor of the Mail & Guardian Online, Africa’s first...

  • Christian Ortner, Editor-in-Chief, Vorarlberger Nachrichten, Austria

    Christian Ortner is Editor-in-Chief of Vorarlberger Nachrichten. He studied law...

  • Dirk Nolde, Mananing Editor, Berliner Morgenpost Online, Germany

    Dirk Nolde is Managing Editor of morgenpost.de, the digital venture of Berliner...

  • Eric Newton, Senior Adviser to the President, Knight Foundation, USA

    Eric Newton is Senior Adviser to the President of the Knight Foundation. He...

  • George Brock, Professor and Head of Journalism, City University, London, United Kingdom

    Former president of the World Editors Forum, George Brock is also former...

  • Han Fook Kwang, Editor, The Straits Times, Singapore

    Han Fook Kwang is editor of The Straits Times. He joined the paper in 1989 as...

  • Hoda Abdel-Hamid, Roving Correspondent, Al Jazeera English, Qatar

    Hoda Abdel-Hamid is an award-winning roving correspondent for Al Jazeera...

  • Jacob Mollerup, President of The Danish Association for Investigative Journalism and The Organization of News Ombudsmen (ONO), Denmark

    Jacob Mollerup is president of The Danish Association for Investigative...

  • Jim Brady, Editor-in-Chief, Journal Register Company, USA

    Jim Brady is Editor-in-Chief at the Journal Register Company. He orchestrates...

  • Jim Roberts, Assistant Managing Editor, The New York Times, USA

    Jim Roberts was named assistant managing editor for The New York Times in...

  • John Lloyd, Director of Journalism, Reuters Institute, UK

    John Lloyd is a Contributing Editor for the Financial Times, Director of...

  • Justin Peters, Editor, Columbia Journalism Review, USA

    Justin Peters is an editor at the Columbia Journalism Review, where he...

  • Magda Abu-Fadil, Director of the Journalism Training Program, American University of Beirut, Lebanon

    Magda Abu-Fadil is Director of the Journalism Training Program at the American...

  • Marcelo Rech, First Director General for Product, RBS, Brazil

    Marcelo Rech is the First Director General for Product at the Brazilian RBS...

  • Mario Garcia, CEO and Founder, Garcia Media, USA

    Trained as a journalist, Mario Garcia has devoted more than 40 years to...

  • Mark Johnson, Community Editor, The Economist, UK

    Mark Johnson is The Economist's community editor. He manages and develops...

  • Mathias Müller von Blumencron, Editor-in-Chief, Der Spiegel, Germany

    Mathias Müller von Blumencron has been one of the Editors-in-Chief of DER...

  • Matthew Eltringham, Editor of the BBC College of Journalism website, UK

    Matthew Eltringham joined the College of Journalism in May as Head of the...

  • Matúš Kostolný, Editor-in-Chief, SME, Slovakia

    Matúš Kostolný was appointed Editor-in-Chief of the daily SME in October 2006....

  • N Ram, Editor-in-chief, The Hindu, India

    N. Ram, Editor-in-Chief and Publisher of The Hindu and other group publications...

  • Nicolas Kayser-Bril, data journalist, France/Germany

    A datajournalist since 2007, Nicolas Kayser-Bril is a self-taught journalist...

  • Olalla Cernuda, Head of Online, ABC, Spain

    Olalla Cernuda is the editor of the website of Diario ABC. As a deputy editor...

  • Paula Salovaara, Managing Editor, Helsingin Sanomat, Finland

    Paula Salovaara is Managing Editor of Helsingin Sanomat, responsible for the...

  • Roberto Pombo, Editor-in-Chief, EL TIEMPO, Colombia

    Roberto Pombo is Editor-in-Chief of EL TIEMPO, leading one of the most...

  • Roy Greenslade, Professor of Journalism, City University London, UK

    Roy Greenslade has been Professor of Journalism at City University since 2003....

  • Scott Klein, Editor of News Applications, ProPublica, USA

    Scott Klein is the Editor of News Applications at ProPublica, a non-profit...

  • Shyam Parekh, Editor, DNA Ahmedabad, India

    Shyam Parekh is Editor of the Ahmedabad edition of DNA. He oversaw the launch...

  • Simon Kelner, Editor-in-Chief, The Independent, UK

    Simon Kelner was appointed Editor-in-Chief of The Independent in May 1998 after...

  • Stéphanie Jolivot, Publisher, Madame Figaro, France

    Stéphanie Jolivot is an experienced communications professional with a varied...

  • Tom Kent, Standards Editor, Associated Press, USA

    Tom Kent is Standards Editor of The Associated Press. He oversees editorial...

  • Wolfgang Blau, Editor-in-Chief, ZEIT ONLINE, Germany

    Wolfgang Blau is Editor-in-Chief of ZEIT ONLINE, the sister publication of Die...

18th World Editors Forum

The World Editors Forum 2011 in Vienna, along with the World Newspaper Congress and IFRA Expo which together comprise the global annual summit of the world’s press, will bring together more than 1200 senior news editors and executives and will offer participants an array of ideas and practices to take back to their publications.

Programme highlights:

  • What reporting techniques are justifiable in the public interest: where to draw the line?
  • The evolution of content in print: is moving away from breaking news the best solution?
  • Story-telling: looking beyond the article
  • Making a paywall work, from a newsroom perspective
  • What makes a successful tablet application for your paper
  • Workshop with Facebook representatives

See the whole Forum programme

Latest confirmed speakers include:

  • Jim Brady, Editor-in-Chief, Journal Register Company, USA
  • Han Fook Kwang, Editor, The Straits Times, Singapore
  • James Harding, Editor-in-Chief, The Times, UK
  • Eric Newton, Senior Adviser to the President, Knight Foundation, USA
  • Roberto Pombo, Editor-in-Chief, EL TIEMPO, Colombia

See all registered speakers and participants here


Venue

The event takes place at Reed Messe Wien, the leading congress and event venue in Vienna:

Reed Messe Wien GmbH
Messeplatz 1, Postfach 277
1021 Wien, Austria

Accommodation

Click here for a list of hotels in the vicinity of the event venue.

Information


  • Wednesday, 12 October 2011

     

    9.30 - 17.00 Media Development, Press Freedom and Young Readers Round Tables 

     

    17.30 - 18.30 Editors’ cocktail hour
    Editors are invited to a warm-up networking session over a glass of Austrian wine.

     

    19.30 - 22.00 Welcome reception in the Vienna Town Hall at the invitation of the Mayor of Vienna, Michael Häupl

    The gothic-style town hall, built between 1872 and 1883, is a symbol of beautiful Vienna. Located in the city centre, the Rathaus serves as the seat of both the mayor and city council. The welcome reception provides a unique opportunity to visit this magnificent structure.

    Dress code: business attire

     


    Thursday, 13 October 2011

     

    8.45 – 10.00 Breakfast with Austrian Editors
    Attendance limited to pre-registered participants

     

    10.00 - 12.00 Opening Ceremony

    Welcome addresses

    • Dr. Hans Gasser, VÖZ President – Austrian Newspaper Association
    • Jacob Mathew, WAN-IFRA President, India
    • Mag. Barbara Prammer, President of the National Council of the Republic of Austria


    Presentation of the 2011 Golden Pen of Press Freedom

    Erik Bjerager, President, World Editors Forum, Denmark

    The Golden Pen of Press Freedom goes to Dawit Isaak, Swedish-Eritrean playwright, journalist and writer, who has been held in Eritrean prison since 2001 without trial for the simple act of carrying out his duties as a journalist.

     

    Opening Concert with Opus & Christian Kolonovits

    The opening ceremony will feature a world class fusion of classical music, Viennese waltzes and pop, with Christian Kolonovits, a world-leading arranger, composer and music producer who has worked with the Vienna Symphony, Berlin Philharmonic, Moscow State Symphony and many others, and Opus, the pop-rock group from Graz, Austria, which had an international hit with “Live is Life.”

    Moderated by:
    Arabella Kiesbauer, TV presenter, writer and actress, Austria

     

    12.00 - 14.00 Opening of Info Services Expo

    Cutting edge products, services and technologies from the leading suppliers to the newspaper industry.


    Supplier companies already confirmed include:
    AFP • Bloomberg • ClipSource • Deutsche Post • Goss International • NewspaperDirect • The New York Times Syndicate • Planeta Marketing Institucional • Red Web (Mittelrhein-Verlag) • Tribune Media Services • UAPP • Universal Uclick • VG News Portal • VÖZ • Zeitung in der Schule

     

    12.15 - 14.00 Lunch

     

    14.00 - 14.45

    World Press Trends 2011

    The annual World Press Trends update is the most authoritative source of data on the newspaper industry worldwide and one of the main highlights of the World Newspaper Congress and World Editors Forum. This year based on a brand new concept, the report contains essential data on newspaper circulation, advertising revenues, digital audiences and much more.
    Christoph Riess, Chief Executive Officer, WAN-IFRA, France, Germany

     

    15.00 – 16.00 Session 1

    After WikiLeaks: The next step for newspapers

    WikiLeaks holds a nebulous position as the source that is not a source, building a buffer between the leaker of information and the news outlet that wants to publish it, and has thus prompted changes in the journalist-source relationship. Newspapers have to think about how to deal with such organisations and how to establish whether they have their own agendas. Should news publications develop their own digital leaking systems?

     

    16.00 - 16.30 Coffee break


    16.30 – 18.00 Session 2

    How to build a community around your publication

    From Twitter and Facebook, to crowdsourcing and gathering readers’ photos, to community events: newspapers now have abundant ways to interact with their readers online as well as face-to-face. How can editors best create communities around their publications, and how can they benefit most effectively from what these communities have to offer?

     

    18.30 Bus transfer


    19.30 - 22.00 Local evening and dinner

    Heuriger is the name given to eastern-Austrian wine taverns where local winegrowers present their wares. Heuriger means “this year’s wine”, and the taverns offer a way for winemakers to offer tastings of their wine, along with good meals and traditional Viennese Schrammel music played on the accordion and violin. A well-known area for these Heurigen restaurants has been reserved exclusively for the Congress and Editors Forum.

    Dress code: smart casual

     

    Sponsored by:

     

     

     


    Friday, 14 October 2011


    08.30 - 09.15

    Conversation with Philipp Schindler, President, Northern and Central Europe, Google, UK

    The word “Google” conjures up many images and perceptions in our minds today. The Congress and World Editors Forum will provide participants with an opportunity to discuss them with the man leading Google’s operations in northern and central Europe. Philipp Schindler will provide insight into one of the key players in the digital business and respond to questions during this early morning session. If you think Google is important in your newspaper life, be there!

    Joint session with World Newspaper Congress


    9.15 – 10.30 Session 3

    What content should print newspapers focus on in order to survive and thrive?

    As the printed product encounters more and more pressure from different platforms, how can we make sure that it not only survives, but flourishes? This session will consider what sort of content should be the focus, and whether a shift to concentrating on opinion and analysis is the key.

     

    10.30 - 11.00 Coffee break


    11.00 – 12.30 Session 4

    Innovation in print

    Print is still where newspapers make most of our money, despite an increasing focus on digital. This session showcases initiatives that have helped to maintain and increase readership in challenging times.

     

    12.45 – 13.45 Data journalism lunch 

    As data journalism becomes even more important to newsrooms, this informal lunchtime discussion will provide editors with some insights and tips from reporters who make the most of the new tools, techniques and information.

    Attendance limited to pre-registered participants


    12.30 - 14.00 Lunch


    14.00 – 15.15 Session 5:

    Integration: the latest experiments in a multi-platform age

    Different degrees of integration exist in newsrooms around the world, and here session panelists will debate the advantages of full newsroom integration, versus keeping platforms separate. The session will examine whether print-digital convergence is substantially more complicated now that multiple digital platforms exist – does this mean that those newsrooms that have already integrated must now go a step further?

     

    15.15 – 16.30 Session 6

    The steps towards a successful tablet application

    Tablet devices have been hailed as a potential saviour of the news industry, but they come with many questions and challenges. How do you maintain your paper’s integrity in such a different format, while offering readers a new and exciting experience that they will be prepared to pay for? Do you need new content? How do you allocate resources in the newsroom, and how closely do developers work with journalists?

     

    16.30 - 17.00 Coffee break

     

    17.00 - 18.15 Session 7

    How to tell the truth during a revolution

    The protests that have led to political upheaval in the Arab world, in countries where press freedoms are extremely limited, provide a considerable challenge for all news organisations, both local and foreign. During such events, where the sequence of events is highly complex, the issues extremely sensitive, and the dangers to those on the ground all too evident, how can news organisations best succeed in their mission to tell the truth? How can they use social media to best effect?

    Joint session with World Newspaper Congress


    18.20 Ukraine: renewal and renovation for UEFA EURO 2012
    Cocktails and caviar with Ukraine's Deputy Prime Minister

    • Boris Kolesnikov, Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine
    • Hanna German, Advisor to the President of Ukraine, Head of the main administration on humanitarian and socio-political issues of the Presidential Administration

     
    Boris Kolesnikov, Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine, and Hanna German, Advisor to the President of Ukraine, invite editors for cocktails, caviar and an informal dialogue about the upcoming UEFA European Football Championship in Ukraine. Mr Kolesnikov, who is personally responsible for all preparations, speak about the construction and renovation process, including the readiness of fan zones and the rising quality of service in Ukraine for football fans and others.
     
    Pre-registration for this event is required


    Free evening. For evening suggestions please visit the www.wan-ifra.org/vienna2011

     

    18.45 - 20.00

    ”Guided visit to Neu Marx”

    A location for media, research and technology grows

    A new media hotspot is emerging in the 3rd city district of Vienna-Landstrasse. More than 5000 people work there already, and their number will increase to about 15,000 by 2016. Alongside existing buildings, some of which are classified for preservation as architectural monuments, new projects are being realised at breathtaking speed. Come and experience an unforgettable inspection of the location.
    More information please visit the website: www.neumarx.at.
    For registration contact: office@neumarx.at.
     

    Attendance limited to pre-registered participants. Limited places.



    Saturday, 15 October 2011

    8.00 – 9.00 Breakfast

    Frontline stories from the Arab Spring

    Journalists and bloggers from the Arab World share their experiences about covering and participating in the revolution.

    • Shahira Amin, former Deputy Head of Nile TV International, Egypt
    • Plus more speakers to be announced.
      For pre-registered participants only

     

    9.00 – 10.30 Session 8

    Paywalls, from the newsroom perspective

    More and more publications have been experimenting with online paywalls, hoping they might revolutionise online business models. Are paywalls the answer, or is there another way that editors can help their newspapers make money online? Editors with experience of different types of paid digital content will talk about the effect that this has had on their newsrooms and on their jobs, and will offer their advice to colleagues who intend to follow them along this path.


    10.30 - 11.00 Coffee break


    11.00 – 12.00 Session 9

    Global Report on innovations in newspapers

    The annual presentation of the Innovations in Newspapers World Report, prepared for WAN-IFRA by the team from Innovation Media Consulting, is always one of the highlights of the Congress and Editors Forum. This year, the focus is on how to make paywalls work; how to re-invent narratives and workflows for the mobile news experience; and the impact and implications of the iPad. The presentation will also examine newspaper engagement with social media, and with the communities they serve. And, as always, the presentation will be illustrated with case studies from all over the world.

    Joint session with World Newspaper Congress

     

    12.00 - 12.10 Outlook 2012

    64th World Newspaper Congress

    19th World Editors Forum,

    2 – 5 September 2012, Kiev, Ukraine

    Boris Lozhkin, President Ukrainian Association of Press Publishers, Ukraine

     

    12.15 – 13.00 World Editors Forum Annual General Assembly Meeting


    12.15 - 13.30

    Facebook for journalists workshop

    Facebook representatives will provide tips and advice on how the premiere social network can be better used by newsrooms, both to find sources and reach a larger audience.

    • Tina Kulow, Corporate Communication Manager, Facebook, Germany
    • Andreas van de Castel, Platform Partnerships Manager, Facebook, Germany

     

    12.15 – 14.15 Lunch

     

    14.15– 15.30 Session 10

    Looking beyond the article

    News stories can now be told in so many ways that go beyond straightforward text and photos. This session will take a look at some of these innovations in story telling and how they make stories more compelling and add to the reader’s understanding.

    Sponsored by:

     

     

    15.30 - 16.00 Coffee break


    16.00 - 17.30 Session 11

    Profit, public interest, ethics – where to draw the line?

    In the pursuit of stories that are in the public interest, where should the line be drawn? Is it justifiable to pose as someone you’re not? Is it justifiable to pay sources? In the course of the phone hacking scandal in the UK, Rupert Murdoch said: “our business was founded on the idea that a free and open press should be a positive force in society.” How can executives on the editorial and publishers side make sure that news organisations live up to those standards? This session explores how today’s news organisations can ensure quality journalism, press freedom and maintain the balance between ethical standards and pleasing our customers in times when the industry is under high pressure to gain audience.

    Joint session with World Newspaper Congress


    19.30 - 22.00 Gala Dinner
    with entertainment in the Art Nouveau building of the Wiener Konzerthaus as
    the networking highlight at the end of the Congress. Musical entertainment with KK Strings, a string quartet of another kind, bringing the international music charts of the last three centuries, from Strauss to Falco, from Figaro to The Third Man.

    Dress code: cocktail attire

  • Wednesday, 12 October 2011


    09.30 - 14.00 The Annual Media Development Round Table

    Shaping Media Assistance Policies: Supporting the Media Sector When Markets and Governments Fail

    Over the past 60 years, an entire industry has grown up around the enterprise of media assistance – training journalists, modernizing infrastructure, and most recently, offering management support. Yet even the most experienced practitioners are hard-pressed to define what constitutes success or failure in their domain. Shaping Media Development Policies aims to further the conversation on how donors, investors and media executives can re-examine their goals and their toolkits, and take the lead in making financial viability compatible with quality journalism. The session will consider new avenues to support quality content and the public’s right to know in emerging and developing markets.

    • Gordana Jankovic, Director, Network Media Program, Open Society Foundations (OSF)
    • Helena Bjuremalm, Senior Policy Specialist, Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) 
    • Marguerite H. Sullivan, Director, Center for International Media Assistance (CIMA)
    • Anne Nelson, Adjunct Associate Professor, Columbia University/ WAN-IFRA Research Consultant 
    • Harlan Mandel, CEO, Media Development Loan Fund (MDLF)
    • Troy Etulain,  Senior Advisor for Independent Media Development,  United States Agency for International Development (USAID)

     

    In partnership with:

     

     

     

     

    14.30 - 17.30 The Annual World Young Reader Round Table

    Winning Strategies for Engaging the Young

    Newspapers must reach the newest generation of young people where they are and with both authenticity and strong sense of engagement to ensure their future success. This session will explore some of the latest successes in doing exactly that.
    Participants will hear from some top winners of the 2011 World Young Reader Prizes about how they succeeded in engaging the young with innovative strategies via print and a wide variety of other platforms and approaches. In addition, we will explore effective joint actions that can save individual newspapers both time and effort.
    Participants are invited to visit the special Young Reader Advice Booth at both the IFRA EXPO and INFO SERVICES EXPO.

    Both the World Young Reader Prizes and the Annual Young Reader Round Table are supported by Norske Skog, the Norway-based paper producer.


     

     

     

    Sponsored by:


     

    14.30 - 17.30 The Annual Press Freedom Round Table

    Making press freedom your business: how restrictions on freedom of expression impact the global news industry

    While the threat of violent assault, kidnapping and even murder are a daily reality for many journalists worldwide, other more subtle attacks against press freedom exist which attract far fewer headlines.
    Some of the most frequent problems faced by the editors and publishers we work with include censorship, financial pressures, advertising boycotts, government meddling and judicial harassment. For this year’s Press Freedom Round Table, a panel of outstanding experts from across the global media and freedom of expression community will discuss how the business of newspapers is affected when freedom of expression is threatened.

    • Alison Bethel McKenzie, Director, International Press Institute, Austria
    • Agnès Callamard, Executive Director, Article 19, UK
    • Amadou Mahtar Ba, CEO, African Media Initiative, Kenya
    • Gamal Eid, Human Rights Lawyer, Arabic Network for Human Rights Information, Egypt
    • Aboubakr Jamaï, Co-founder and former Managing Director, Le Journal Hebdomadaire and 2011 Gebran Tueni Award laureate, Morocco

    Moderated by:
    Shahira Amin, former Deputy Head of Nile TV, Egypt. Shahira resigned her post as TV anchor in protest of the station’s coverage of the revolution.

    Sponsored by:

Speakers

  • Alexandra Föderl-Schmid has been Editor-in-Chief of Der Standard since 2007. She joined the paper in 1993 as Germany correspondent, then moved on to work as editor of the foreign politics department, returning to Germany in 1999, then moving to Brussels in 2005 as EU correspondent.

    She was editor of Der Standard’s economics section in 2006. In 2004, she was appointed Chairperson of Germany’s Foreign Press Association and in 2005 she was awarded the Alfred Geiringer-Fellowship.

    To read an interview with Alexandra see here.

  • Anette Novak, former editor-in-chief of Norran, regional media house 2 300 kilometers north of Brussels, who has been running its ground-breaking open news desk, which co-creates journalism with the audience,  since 2009.

    The daily, who turned 100 years last year, has been nominated Newspaper of the Year 2011, Newsroom of the year 2011 – and Anette herself ”Innovator of the Year” in the most prestigious Swedish Journalism Awards 2011.

    Anette Novak is board-member of World Editors Forum, Swedish Media Association and has over 20 years of experience from different managerial positions within the media sphere. She is a avid evangelist of the digital opportunities in general and open innovation in particular.

    To read an interview with Anette see here.

  • Azrul Ananda is President Director of PT Jawa Pos Koran. He joined the paper at the age of 22, starting a youth section of the paper, DetEksi.

    He then became city page editor in 2001, front page editor in 2002, managing editor in 2003, chief editor of Jawa Pos in 2005-2007, vice director of marketing 2007-2009, director in 2010, and president director of PT Jawa Pos Koran (Jawa Pos newspaper) in 2011.

    Jawa Pos won the WAN-IFRA World Young Reader Newspaper of the Year 2011.

  • For the past year Béla E. Papp has been a leading member of Ringier Studios, the Swiss company’s subsidiary developing apps for iPad and Android tablets. Before that he headed Ringier AG’s Business Development activities worldwide, with special emphasis on the company’s new media investments in Central an Eastern Europe, China and SE Asia.  Béla has been with Ringier since the start of 2003, when he was appointed to head Ringier’s Hungarian subsidiary, then the country’s largest print and online media firm.

    Previously Béla worked for Sanoma Budapest, where he headed the Business Press Division. From 1996 to 1999 he was Central and East European Marketing Director for ABN AMRO Bank, and before that he worked for close to nine years for The Economist Group in Vienna, Austria, where in the early 1990s he was the founding Chief Editor of the first pan-regional monthly of its kind, Business Central Europe.

    Béla also sits on the Executive Committee of WAN-IFRA.

  • Bill Adair is the founder and editor of PolitiFact, a fact-checking website that won the Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting in 2009. PolitiFact has pioneered a new form of accountability journalism that rates the accuracy of political claims on a Truth-O-Meter and tracks politicians' campaign promises.
     
    Bill also serves as the Washington Bureau Chief for the St. Petersburg Times, which owns PolitiFact. He has worked in Washington since 1997 and has covered Congress, the White House, the Supreme Court, national politics and aviation safety. Bill is the author of "The Mystery of Flight 427: Inside a Crash Investigation," a behind-the-scenes account of how the National Transportation Safety Board solved one of the biggest mysteries in aviation.

    To read an interview with Bill see here.

  • Bill Mitchell leads the Entrepreneurial Journalism and International Programs at the Poynter Institute, a non-profit school for Journalists in St. Petersburg, Fl.  
     
    Bill joined Poynter in 1999 and directed the Institute's Web site for ten years. He has facilitated workshops on the topics of ethics, leadership and online publishing. He spent the Fall of 2009 as a Fellow at the Shorenstein Center on Press and Politics at Harvard's Kennedy School, where he examined emerging business models for news in the public interest.
     
    Before joining Poynter, Bill worked for the new media arm of Universal Press Syndicate (editor and director of development), the San Jose Mercury News (director of electronic publishing), Time Magazine (Detroit bureau chief) and the Detroit Free Press.
     
    Mitchell was a juror for the Pulitzer Prizes in 2002 and 2003.

    To read an interview with Bill see here.

  • Bobby Schweizer is a doctoral student in Digital Media at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, Georgia. For the last four years he has been involved in the Newsgames research project, which looks at how videogames can be used to do journalism. Co-written with Ian Bogost and Simon Ferrari, the book Newsgames: Journalism at Play describes how games, as media native to computers, can be used for more than just revisiting old forms of news production. Games can inform, persuade, and titillate; make information interactive; recreate historical events; put news content into puzzles; teach journalism; and build a community.

    Newsgames was awarded a Knight News Challenge 2010 grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, to collaborate with the University of California, Santa Cruz on developing a software tool called Cartoonist that will help journalists create games about the news.

  • Charlie Beckett is the founding director of POLIS, the journalism think-tank in the Department of Media and Communications at the London School of Economics. He was an award-winning journalist at the BBC and ITN’s Channel 4 News before joining the LSE.

    He is the author of ‘SuperMedia’ (Blackwell, 2008) that outlined the idea of networked journalism and its impact on international society. He is currently working on a book about WikiLeaks and the new forms of networked political communications to be published by Polity in November 2011.

    He has lectured around the world and comments regularly on media and politics in the international media. He blogs at www.charliebeckett.org, and teaches critical studies in international journalism at LSE and directs the POLIS Summer School at LSE.

    To read an interview with Charlie see here.

  • Chris Roper is the editor of the Mail & Guardian Online, Africa’s first news website (founded 1995), and blogs on chrisroper.co.za. He works agnostically across several media platforms, believing that it’s all just content. He was founding portal manager of Vodacom World Online, portal manager for MWEB, South Africa’s largest ISP, and Editor-in-Chief at 24.com, South Africa’s largest online publisher. He has worked for many print publications in various capacities, including editor, and has won several awards in the category ‘stuff on paper’, including SA Columnist of the Year in 2008. Follow him on Twitter @chrisroperza.

  • Christian Ortner is Editor-in-Chief of Vorarlberger Nachrichten. He studied law and had worked as a freelance journalist with the paper until his graduation.

    From 1997 until 2001 he was manager of the Austrian first league-football club Austria Lustenau. He then moved to the Vorarlberger Medienhaus, where after one year as an assistant to publisher Eugen A. Russ he became Editor-in-Chief of the company’s flagship paper in September 2002.

  • Dirk Nolde is Managing Editor of morgenpost.de, the digital venture of Berliner Morgenpost, the German capital's regional newspaper. Morgenpost.de is one of the top 15 news websites in Germany. Dirk restarted and relaunched Morgenpost Online in 2007. Morgenpost.de has won several prices since, including the European Newspaper Award.

    Before working online Dirk was a print journalist: In 1999 he was the founding editor of "Webwelt", the first (printed) internet-magazine published by a German newspaper. He worked as a technology reporter for the national newspaper "Die Welt", became the assistant managing editor for business, finance and real estate at "Die Welt" and went digital as managing editor for business, finance and technology at welt.de.

  • Eric Newton is Senior Adviser to the President of the Knight Foundation. He joined the Foundation in 2001. Since then, as both journalism program director and later vice president for journalism, he has developed some $300 million in grants to advance quality journalism, freedom of expression and media innovation worldwide.  Before Knight, he was founding managing editor of the Newseum, the world's first major museum of news in Washington, D.C.

    Eric began his journalism career as a newspaper editor in Northern California. At the Oakland Tribune, he was managing editor, when the newspaper won 150 journalism awards, including a Pulitzer Prize.

    Eric’s book projects include Crusaders, Scoundrels, Journalists; Capture the Moment and News in a New America. He co-founded the First Amendment Project, shared in a Peabody Award for "Mosaic: World News from the Middle East" and is a four-time Pulitzer Prize juror.

  • Former president of the World Editors Forum, George Brock is also former Saturday Editor of The Times. He has been the paper's Managing Editor, Foreign Editor and Editor of the Op-Ed page as well as bureau chief in Brussels in the early 1990s. He is the co-author of two books and is a regular speaker and broadcaster.

  • Han Fook Kwang is editor of The Straits Times. He joined the paper in 1989 as its leader writer.  He was promoted to become the paper’s political editor in 1995, in charge of its political coverage, before being appointed editor in September 2002.

    He has co-authored two books on Singapore’s first Prime Minister: Lee Kuan Yew: The Man And His Ideas, which was published in 1998, and Lee Kuan Yew: Hard Truths To Keep Singapore Going published this year.

    He has served in various public service organisations, including The Land Transport Authority, Feedback Unit Supervisory Panel, Community and Parents in Support of Schools Advisory Council, Films Appeal Committee, Promote Mandarin Committee, Lifelong Learning Endowment Fund Advisory Council and the Bioethics Advisory Committee.  He is a member of the National University of Singapore Board of Trustees.

  • Hoda Abdel-Hamid is an award-winning roving correspondent for Al Jazeera English. She has reported for Al Jazeera from across the Middle East, Europe and North Africa.

    Hoda has also received a number of prestigious awards during her career as a broadcast journalist, including one at the Festival du film de Monaco and three Emmy Awards.

  • Jacob Mollerup is president of The Danish Association for Investigative Journalism and The Organization of News Ombudsmen (ONO). An economist, journalist and editor, he also became the first Listeners’ and Viewers’ Editor at Danish Broadcasting Corp (DR) in 2004. As the big national public service station, DR includes a number of national TV and radio channels and websites

    Previously, he was managing Editor and News Editor at the newspaper Politiken (1988-1995) , Editor-in-Chief  for the newspaper Information (1996-2001) and Senior Reporter & Editor at Berlingske Nyhedsmagasin (2001-2004).

  • Jim Brady is Editor-in-Chief at the Journal Register Company. He orchestrates JRC’s daily news coverage directly oversees all newsgathering operations. He joined JRC to lead Project Thunderdome a project to redefine how JRC produces journalism for the digital age.

    Before joining JRC, Jim served as general manager of TBD, a new local news operation dedicated to comprehensive coverage of the Washington, D.C. region combining the values of traditional journalism and the power of citizen journalism. Brady joined TBD after more than four years as executive editor of washingtonpost.com, where he led the site to numerous awards and accolades.

    In between his stints at washingtonpost.com, Jim spent more than four years at America Online, serving as Group Programming Director, News & Sports; Executive Director, Editorial Operations; and Vice President, Production & Operations.

    To read an interview with Jim see here.

  • Jim Roberts was named assistant managing editor for The New York Times in December 2010; in that role he oversees and helps manage the daily news report for nytimes.com and the print edition.

    Jim had previously been the chief editor at nytimes.com, holding the title of editor of digital news in July 2006 and in June 2008, associate managing editor. Before joining the digital side of the Times, he was national editor of the paper from late 2002 until early 2006. He served as the paper's national political editor during the presidential campaign of 2000, and previously served in a variety of editing positions on the metro, sports and national desks.

    Before joining The Times in 1987, Jim held positions with Dallas Times Herald, Baltimore News American and Richmond Times Dispatch.

  • John Lloyd is a Contributing Editor for the Financial Times, Director of Journalism at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at the University of Oxford and Director of the Axess Programme on Journalism and Democracy.

    He is also board member of the Moscow School of Political Studies, an associate fellow of Nuffield College, Oxford and a columnist for La Repubblica of Rome.
    His books include Loss without Limit: the British Miners’ Strike; Rebirth of a Nation: an Anatomy of Russia and What the media are doing to our politics.

  • Justin Peters is an editor at the Columbia Journalism Review, where he supervises the magazine's Web presence and digital initiatives, as well as its Ideas and Reviews section.

    A three-time Mirror Award finalist for distinguished media reporting and criticism, he has written for numerous U.S. publications including Slate, The Washington Monthly, and The New York Times. He is also the founding editor of Polite.  He lives in New York City.

  • Magda Abu-Fadil is Director of the Journalism Training Program at the American University of Beirut.

    She has years of experience as a foreign correspondent and editor with international news organizations such as Agence France-Presse and United Press International. She also wrote for dailies Asharq Al-Awsat and Al Riyadh as well as Defense News and was Washington bureau chief of Events magazine.

    Magda served as director of the Institute for Professional Journalists at the Lebanese American University before moving to AUB. She also taught journalism at her alma mater, American University in Washington, D.C.

    She speaks regularly at international conferences, has published extensively on media issues, journalism education and training, and blogs for The Huffington Post.

  • Marcelo Rech is the First Director General for Product at the Brazilian RBS Group, Based in Porto Alegre, southern Brazil, the group owns 18 TV stations, 2 community TV stations, 1 rural channel, 25 radio stations, 8 newspapers and 4 internet portals.

    Marcelo’s responsibilities include the development of new projects in conventional and new media as well the coordination and supervision of editorial operations in RBS. Since 2008 he has been in charge of media operations across four media platforms, which involves about 1,100 journalists.

    He is a former reporter, specialized in internal and international conflicts. In 1993, he became managing editor of Zero Hora, RBS’s main newspaper. From 1997-2008 he was editor of Zero Hora and the other seven newspapers of the group.

    Marcelo is also the present coordinator of the editorial committee of the Brazilian Newspaper Association

  • Trained as a journalist, Mario Garcia has devoted more than 40 years to redesigning publications, and has personally collaborated with over 900 news organizations, from large projects such as The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Handelsblatt and Die Zeit, to medium-size newspapers, such as The Charlotte Observer, or smaller ones such as the Lawrence (Kansas) Journal-World.

    Mario started his teaching career as a journalism professor and publications adviser at Miami-Dade Community College. From there he became a professor of graphic arts at US universities as well as a lecturer at universities in 15 countries throughout Europe, Asia and Latin America. Mario founded the Graphics & Design program at The Poynter Institute for Media Studies, of which he remains a faculty affiliate.

    Mario has received over 300 SND Awards, including the Lifetime Achievement Award.

    To read an interview with Mario see here.

  • Mark Johnson is The Economist's community editor. He manages and develops community features on The Economist online and across several social networks. He also writes about technology, politics and international relations, in print and on the web.

    Before joining The Economist in 2010 he worked in publishing, developing digital strategy at HarperCollins.

    To read an interview with Mark see here.

  • Mathias Müller von Blumencron has been one of the Editors-in-Chief of DER SPIEGEL since 2008, in collaboration with Georg Mascolo. He is in charge of all digital products of the publishing house. Prior to this he was editor-in-chief of SPIEGEL ONLINE, which he developed into the leading German-language news site on the Internet and which currently employs over 100 journalists.

    Mathias studied law, graduated from the Henri Nannen School of journalism and worked for various business magazines. In 1992, he started at DER SPIEGEL on the desk for German state politics, eventually becoming the assistant desk chief. Later, he served as SPIEGEL correspondent in Washington, D.C., and New York, reporting on the Clinton presidency, the stock-market boom and the new economy.

  • Matthew Eltringham joined the College of Journalism in May as Head of the website and events operation after spending more than 16 years working in the heart of the BBC’s network news operation.
    Matthew's career has – so far – spanned Radio Five Live, The World Tonight, Westminster politics, Breakfast with Frost and the BBC News website. In the last few years he has been leading the BBC’s involvement in user generated content and social media.

    In the spring of 2005, he was the founding editor of the UGC Hub – a team of BBC journalists who pioneered the incorporation of user generated content by mainstream media in their journalism.
    The Hub was one of the first teams within BBC News that operated in a multi-platform way – although based on the News website, we worked closely with TV, radio and the web. The team has covered every single major national and international story since it’s inception at the time of the July 7, 2005 London bomb attacks, developing industry leading expertise in the use of UGC. In the summer of 2007 the team won an RTS award for its innovative work in covering the floods that hit the UK.

    In June 2010 he devised and led a substantial College of Journalism programme to drive the use of social media by BBC journalists as a vital tool in their daily work.

  • Matúš Kostolný was appointed Editor-in-Chief of the daily SME in October 2006. SME is a leading quality paper in Slovakia and sme.sk is the number one newsite in the country, with 1,5 milion readers every month.

    Matúš started at SME in 1994 at the foreign news desk, later serving as foreign news editor and Deputy Editor-in-Chief.

  • N. Ram, Editor-in-Chief and Publisher of The Hindu and other group publications, Frontline, Business Line, and Sportstar, is an award-winning political journalist and analyst. He is also involved in journalism education at the Asian College of Journalism, Chennai, which has become the J-school of choice for India and the South Asian region.

    His areas of special journalistic interest include Indian politics, India’s foreign and nuclear policy, issues of corruption and abuse of power, the challenge of communalism and fundamentalism in India, the Sri Lankan ethnic crisis and India’s interaction with it, freedom of expression issues, and the role of media in society. He led the editorial side of the comprehensive re-design by Garcia Media, in 2004-2005, of The Hindu, and subsequently the redesign of other group publications.

     

    Starting March 15, 2011, The Hindu offered readers a broad spectrum of articles and reports based on a first selection from 5,100 India Cables, aggregating six million words, made available to it by WikiLeaks. These stories, often front-paged, and the relevant cables were published by the newspaper on 21 consecutive days in March-April 2011 and more followed later.

  • A datajournalist since 2007, Nicolas Kayser-Bril is a self-taught journalist and computer programmer (he holds a degree in economics). First freelance, then with OWNI.fr, he pioneered the use of data, statistics and web-applications within traditional journalistic workflows in France. He worked with numerous media outlets to help them develop their data-driven operations and partnered with Wikileaks to provide a crowdsourcing interface for the Iraqi warlogs.

    He is now based in Berlin and in the process of creating a new datajournalism venture.

  • Olalla Cernuda is the editor of the website of Diario ABC. As a deputy editor of the paper, she is oversees all the journalists of the newspaper, and the process of integration for both the website and the paper newsrooms.

    From 2007 until 2011 she was Content Director of the website of Spanish TVE and RNE, the public TV and radio, and she was responsible for the coverage of all major events, such as the Olympic games of Beijing and Vancouver, and also the development of the “TVE a la carta”, which was the first Spanish TV station to offer all its content free on its website.

    Olalla started her career as a journalist at El Mundo in 1997, where she also was in charge of developing the first initiatives to integrate both newsrooms, back in 2006.

  • Paula Salovaara is Managing Editor of Helsingin Sanomat, responsible for the digital development.

    Paula has worked 26 years as a journalist, focusing on news, fast publishing and broadcasting. She has worked as a radio news reporter, producer, Editor in Chief for a radio station, Editor for Helsingin Sanomat online edition, and works now as the Managing editor. Newsroom intregration is one of the core tasks of the current job.

    Paula has studied journalism at the University of Helsinki, worked for both commercial and state owned radio, founded her own radio station and production company and worked for the past three years developing and running the online edition HS.fi.

  • Roberto Pombo is Editor-in-Chief of EL TIEMPO, leading one of the most ambitious projects of multimedia convergence in Latin America.

    As well as his work at the newsroom of EL TIEMPO, Roberto has experience at different media platforms: he was director of Viva.FM, at Caracol Radio; director of Semana weekly, director of TV Hoy news, and he was a journalist for Colprensa News agency, the newspaper El Heraldo and Alternativa magazine.

    He studied law at Los Andes University. He has received the Simón Bolívar Nacional Award of Journalism and the Ortega and Gasset award from El País.

  • Roy Greenslade has been Professor of Journalism at City University since 2003. He blogs for The Guardian and writes a weekly column for the London Evening Standard.

    During a career that began in 1963, he was a senior executive at The Sun and the Sunday Times before becoming editor of the Daily Mirror (1990-91).

    He is the author of Press Gang: How Newspapers make Profits from Propaganda (Macmillan, 2003), Maxwell's Fall (Simon & Schuster, 1992) and Goodbye to the Working Class (Marion Boyars, 1976).

  • Scott Klein is the Editor of News Applications at ProPublica, a non-profit investigative news site in New York.

    He directs a team of programmer-journalists doing interactive data reporting and development, multimedia production, and mobile app development.
    He is also co-founder of DocumentCloud, a non-profit organization that develops technology to help journalists and the public get the most out of primary source documents.

    To read an interview with Scott see here.

  • Shyam Parekh is Editor of the Ahmedabad edition of DNA. He oversaw the launch of the paper in November 2007: it was the first expansion of the full paper outside Mumbai. Prior to that he launched DNA Money editions in Indore and Ahmedabad, and as Senior Editor at DNA’s flagship edition in Mumbai.

    Before joining DNA he worked for The Times of India, The Indian Post, Sandesh and Divya Bhaskar. He has also anchored several news discussion programmes on Doordarshan (television network) and All India Radio.

    Shyam was a visiting lecturer at the Faculty of Journalism and Communications at the MS University of Baroda between 2001 and 2005.

  • Simon Kelner was appointed Editor-in-Chief of The Independent in May 1998 after a period as Editor of the Mail on Sunday’s Night & Day magazine. Simon is known for his transformation of The Independent into a ‘compact’ format and the introduction of unique, innovative, single issue, front pages. The ‘compact’ format has been copied by 55 newspapers worldwide and Simon has won many awards, including ‘Editor of the Year’ at the What the Papers Say awards in 2003, and ‘Newspaper of the Year’ at the British Press Awards in 2004. He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the University of Bolton in June 2008.

    Most recently, in October 2010, Simon became editor of i (as well as The Independent), the first quality, daily newspaper to launch in the UK in almost 25 years.

    To read an interview with Simon see here.

  • Stéphanie Jolivot is an experienced communications professional with a varied career in media strategy, brand content and digital development in leading advertising and media agencies.

    She joined Le Figaro last year as Publisher (Madame Figaro) from media agency Mediaedge CIA, where as Chief Client Officer (2004-2010) she worked at a strategic level with leading  brands including Chanel, Sony Ericson, Eurostar and the Richemont Group. Prior to Mediaedge, Stephanie founded innovative media studio Arthur Schlovsky and was Publisher of Architectural Digest at Conde Nast.

  • Tom Kent is Standards Editor of The Associated Press. He oversees editorial standards across the AP, including issues of balance and fairness, taste, attribution and ethical questions in photos, broadcast and video. He has also played a major role in coordinating of AP operations across platforms. He designed AP 's multimedia headquarters in New York and lectures internationally on newsroom organization and management.

    He served with the AP as correspondent in Sydney, Australia; correspondent for NATO and the European Union in Brussels; correspondent and bureau chief in Moscow; chief of AP operations in Iran during the Iranian revolution; deputy news editor and news editor of AP's World Service Division in New York; and international editor of the AP.

    He has taught at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism since 1996, and since 2001 at the Harriman Institute of Columbia's School of International and Public Affairs.

  • Wolfgang Blau is Editor-in-Chief of ZEIT ONLINE, the sister publication of Die Zeit. Zeit Online runs its own newsroom in Berlin and employs about 50 full-time online-editors.

    From 1999 to 2007, Wolfgang worked in Silicon Valley, in San Francisco and Washington D.C. as a freelance reporter for Germany's broadcaster ZDF, the German newspaper Die Welt and the radio news syndicator BLR-Radiodienst. During his time in the US, he initiated the founding of Audible.de, which is now part of Amazon Inc.

    In the three years since Wolfgang joined Zeit Online as Editor-in-Chief in March 2008, Zeit Online has been rebuilt from the ground up and its unique visitors have grown by more than 270 percent. The paper developed the world’s first  fully tablet-optimized news-site in html5.

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