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#WNC17: Highlights from Day 2

Day 2 of the World News Media Congress began with a breakfast panel discussion, particularly for women in news, around the gender biases in reporting and how media and advertisers represent these...

This was followed by Vincent Peyrègne, CEO of Wan-Ifra, talking world media trends and how the global newspaper industry is faring this year.

Providing ‘roadmaps for renewal’, Jean-Luc Breysse, deputy CEO of Le Figaro Group – a news organisation that’s challenging Google and Facebook in France in terms of unique visitors – shared the Group’s strategy, along with Juan Pablo Moreno Suárez, director of strategy at EI Tiempo in Colombia, who also shared insights into sustainable ways of going forward. Later, D. D. Purkayastha, MD and CEO of ABP in India shared how, regardless of the print circulation growth in the country, Indian publishers are preparing for change by restricting the industry and ‘playing for victory’.

Everyone’s talking about ‘the next big thing’ when it comes to news publishers’ business models. Besides The New York Times 2020 project, two others that are working towards a sustainable future for the industry are Schibsted’s ‘Next Gen’ of publishing products and Tony Haile’s startup, Scroll. Richard Gingras, vice president of news at Google, USA, later went on to discuss their approach ‘towards the future of news’.
In a ‘fireside chat’, Raju Narisetti, newly appointed CEO of Gizmodo Media Group, shared his findings on his exploration into ‘uncharted territories of millennial audiences in a business model with no subscriptions or newsstand sales to fall back on’.

Here’s what people had to say at the workshop on ‘harassment’, part of the Women in News programme, to equip victims of such abuse in the field, offline and online:

In an effort to determine whether the media is broken or just misfiring, speakers Rosental Alves from the Knight Center for Journalism at the University of Texas, Marcelo Rech from RBS Group in Brazil and Ritu Kapur from The Quint in India suggest their solutions:

Wrapping up the day, Juan Señor, partner at Innovation Media Consulting Group in the UK presented an analysis of the trend report the Group compiles for WAN-IFRA on an annual basis. He said, “Good journalism is good business” and urged Google and Facebook to stop destroying it.

The day culminated in the gala dinner sounding off to the beat of drums.

For more information, visit or follow @NewspaperWorld, hashtag #WNC17 on Twitter, and keep an eye out on Bizcommunity for more socially shared insights from the Congress over the next couple of days.

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