Organised by WAN-IFRA, the global organisation of the world's newspapers and news publishers, the Congress and Editors Forum, to be held from 2 to 5 September next, is expected to bring together more than 1200 newspaper publishers, chief editors and other senior executives from more than 100 countries.
First confirmed speakers include:
This year's event takes the theme "Shaping the Future of the Newspaper." Sessions will cover topics that are crucial to publishers and editors who are looking for print and digital success:
The evolving conference programmes and other details can be found at www.wan-ifra.org/kiev2012.
Alongside the World Newspaper Congress and the World Editors Forum, the Info Services Expo will present innovative solutions from the international suppliers' community. The exhibition offers visitors the opportunity to meet the leading suppliers to the newspaper industry and discover cutting-edge products, services and technologies.
As always, the events are accompanied by an array of social events, gala dinners and lunches and are considered to be the premier opportunity to meet colleagues from around the world.
Agnès Callamard, France:
"The World Newspaper Congress/World Editors Forum 2011 gave me much food for thought and many opportunities to reflect on the state of press freedom and the media industry. I also really appreciated meeting with experts, journalists and editors and engage on a range of exciting and topical issues. Great work!"
Ananda Azaru, Indonesia:
"In these challenging times for newspaper business, it is very important to keep up to date with the world's situation. World Newspaper Congress and World Editors Forum allowed me to pay attention to the changes in the industry, to be inspired to create new ideas for the immediate future."
Sharon Samushonga, Zimbabwe:
"It is an eye opener and a place to network and meet people with solutions to your problems. It avoids reinventing the wheel. It is a must for people in the newspaper industry."
Kiev, the beautiful Ukrainian capital on the banks of the Dnepr river, is preparing to welcome delegates with proverbial Slovonic hospitality. With the EURO football championship taking place in June 2012, a first-class infrastructure awaits participants to the Congress and Forum in September. The two Ukrainian news media associations, UAPP and AIRPU, are joining forces to host the event.
Since Ukrainian independence in 1991, Kiev itself as well as the Ukrainian media landscape have undergone dramatic changes. The role of a free press in a society undergoing transition will be one of the key discussion points at this year's Congress and Forum.
WAN-IFRA, based in Paris, France, and Darmstadt, Germany, with subsidiaries in Singapore, India, Spain, France and Sweden, is the global organisation of the world’s newspapers and news publishers. It represents more than 18 000 publications, 15 000 online sites and over 3000 companies in more than 120 countries. The organisation was created by the merger of the World Association of Newspapers and IFRA, the research and service organisation for the news publishing industry.Go to: http://www.wan-ifra.org