The 62nd World Newspaper Congress and the 16th World Editors Forum (WEF) gets underway in Hyderabad from today. The Congress and WEF will be held from November 30-December 3. The annual event, organised by the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (the merged WAN-IFRA), is being held in India for the first time.
President Pratibha Patil will be delivering a special welcome address at the World Newspaper Congress.
The leitmotiv of the 2009 World Newspaper Congress will once more be ‘Newspapers: A Multi-Media, Growth Business’, as presentations and discussions examine the strategies which are showing success at leading news enterprises worldwide.
The Congress theme was devised before Wall Street crashed last year, and as newspapers all over the world struggle with plunging advertising revenues, the theme has raised eyebrows. However, WAN-IFRA retained the theme in the belief that the future for news publishing companies remains highly positive once the economy turns round again.
The Congress, which is touted as a ‘total’ newspaper event, brings together publishers, chief executives, managing directors, editors - and the most ambitious managers from all levels of the industry. Suppliers of services to newspapers and news publishers will also be seen in attendance at the Congress, whether as exhibitors or participants.
Alongside the Congress the 16th World Editors Forum (WEF) is also being held. Editors from across India and South Asia will share how they have launched new titles with new concepts, and why online traffic is not a threat to print editions.