With the global financial crisis forcing newspaper companies worldwide to reduce staff and other resources, the annual World Editors Forum, which will be held in Hyderabad from March 22-25, will focus on the growing newsroom challenge of ‘Doing More with Less’. Global leaders would share their strategies for producing quality editorial content in difficult financial times.
The Forum runs concurrently with the World Newspaper Congress and Info Services Expo 2009, the annual global meetings of the world’s press. Both the events, organised by the World Association of Newspapers and hosted by the Indian Newspaper Society, are expected to draw 2,000 newspaper publishers, chief editors, managing directors, CEOs, and other senior newspaper executives at a time when the global financial crisis is putting additional pressure on newsrooms.
One of the Forum sessions is ‘Tailoring your digital offerings to reader behaviour’, which will focus on how news is consumed and read online and how editors can use knowledge about reader behaviour to adapt their online newsrooms. The presentation will be made by Iñaki Palacios and Francisco Amaral, Directors of Spain’s Cases I Associats, one of the main consultancy firms for redesigning newspapers and reorganising newsrooms.
Another session, ‘Future of Journalism versus Future of the Newspaper’, is dedicated to the challenges of producing quality journalism in the digital age. The panel includes Jaideep Bose, Editor-in-Chief of The Times of India; James Orr, Online News Editor of The Christian Science Monitor (USA); Alan Rusbridger, Editor-in-Chief of The Guardian (UK); and Mahfuz Aman, Editor-in-Chief of The Daily Star in Bangladesh.
The session on ‘Integrated Newsrooms: New workflow, new storytelling, new positions’, will see speakers such as Neil Benson, Editorial Director for the Regionals Division of Trinity Mirror (UK); Kate Marymont, Vice-President/ Information Center Content for Gannett (USA); and Marco Pratellesi, Editor-in-Chief of Corriere della Sera online in Italy.
‘Is Investigative Journalism Giving Up on Newspapers?’ will examine the impact of shrinking newsrooms on investigative journalism and its impact on the traditional newspaper role as watchdog of democracy. The session will feature Nick Davies, Senior Reporter for The Guardian (UK); Paul Steiger, Editor-in-Chief and Founder of Propublica.org (USA); and Harinder Baweja, Co-Editor-in-Chief of Tehelka (India).
Another session, ‘Bridging the Digital Media Divide: The experience of emerging countries and why it will impact mature markets’, will have speakers like Rajesh Keira, Editor-in-Chief of Times Internet (India) and Walter de Mattos, Editor-in-chief of Lance (Brazil). The session on ‘Shrinking Newsrooms: Is editorial outsourcing the solution?’ will examine the benefits and drawbacks of editorial outsourcing as well as its limitations. Speakers include Stella Dawson, Editor, Treasury News, Reuters (UK); Arun Jethmalani, CEO of ValueNotes (India); and Tony Joseph, CEO and Founder of Mindworks Global Media Services (India).
The session on ‘Personalised News: What is possible today and tomorrow’ will focus on niche and personalised news delivery to provide readers with just the news they want. Speakers include Freddy Mini, CEO of Netvibes (Frances and USA) and Jan Bierhoff, Director of ECDC University in The Netherlands.
‘Visual Journalism: The rise of infographics and non-narrative news’ will examine the increasing importance of visual reporting. Speakers include Joerdis Guzman Bulla, Art Director of Welt am Sonntag (Germany) and Robb Montgomery, Editor-in-chief and Founder of visualeditors.com (USA).
‘How to Set Up a Web TV Team Within Your Newsroom’ will be a do-it-yourself session featuring Matt Kelly, Associate Editor of Daily Mirror and mirror.co.uk (UK); Anders Refnov, Web TV Manager for Ekstrabladet (Denmark); Espen Egil Hansen, Editor-in-Chief of VG (Norway); and Jessica Mayberry, Project Manager, Video Volunteers (India & USA).