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World Editors Forum: Taking social media to next level

PARIS, FRANCE / DARMSTADT, GERMANY: When it comes to using social media to improve crisis reporting, few have the experience of Al Jazeera, given its role in a volatile region - intense coverage of the Arab Spring, the Iranian elections, the Gaza conflict and more.
World Editors Forum: Taking social media to next level

As head of social media for the Qatar-based Al Jazeera Network, Riyaad Minty has increasingly focused on the use of citizen media for crisis reporting, and on ensuring Al Jazeera's presence across Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and other social platforms. He will share his experiences at the 19th World Editors Forum, to be held in Kiev, Ukraine, from 2 to 5 September next.

Other participants in the session on "Taking social media to the next level" include Aldo van Weezel, business development consultant with Germany-based ppi Media, who is advising the Chilean magazine industry on its digital strategy; Vicent Partal, founder and director of, the main Catalan-language newspaper in Spain; and Mark Little, founder and CEO of UK-based Storyful, a news agency for the social media age who will provide advice on integrating video into newsrooms.

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The World Editors Forum will be held concurrently with the 64th World Newspaper Congress in Kiev. More than 1000 newspaper publishers, chief editors and other senior newspaper executives from more than 100 countries are expected to attend the Congress and Forum, the global summit meetings of the world's press organised by the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA).

In addition to "Taking social media to the next level," other sessions for the Editors Forum include:

  • The newsroom: Beyond integration: This explores the development of truly integrated and cost-effective editorial operations and features: Raju Narisetti, managing editor of the Wall Street Journal Digital Network; David Boardman, executive editor and senior vice president of the Seattle Times; Martin Jönsson, deputy editor-in-chief of Svenska Dagbladet in Sweden; and Juan Señor, a partner in the Innovation International Media Consulting Group.
  • Two-speed storytelling: This deals with the contrast between high-speed, interactive digital journalism and a re-emerging focus on long-form stories. Both use creative but widely different storytelling tools and techniques. The session includes Mario García, CEO and founder, García Media, USA; Jacek Utko, design director, Bonnier Business Press, Sweden; and Adonis Durado, design director, Muscat Press and Publishing House, Oman.
  • Ethics and standards - rebuilding trust: In a world where more and more news sources are provided by blogs and social media, mainstream news outlets have to work harder to maintain their authority, particularly when scandals hit. How can professional journalists and their publications distinguish themselves as accurate and objective sources of information and regain the trust of their readers? Do we need to rethink ethical codes? The session features Guy Berger, director for Freedom of Expression and Media Development, UNESCO, Paris, France, Oksana Bogdanova, editor-in-chief, Komsomolskaya Pravda, Ukraine; Shoma Chaudhury, managing editor, Tehelka, India; Stephen Pritchard, readers' editor, The Observer, UK; and Andrew Moger, executive director, News Media Coalition, UK.

As in past years, the WEF will hold a number of sessions simultaneously with the World Newspaper Congress, including these:

  • Around the world in 60 minutes: This is a tour of the latest media trends emerging world-wide, featuring Tomas Brunegård, CEO of Stampen Group in Sweden; Carlos Fernando Lindenberg Neto, CEO of Rede Gazeta in Brazil; Mohamad Alayyan, publishers and chairman, United Jordan Press; Pichai Chuensuksawadi, editor in chief of The Bangkok Post in Thailand; Trevor Ncube, deputy executive chairman of South Africa's Mail & Guardian; and Maxim Melnikov, CEO, Media3, Russia.
  • Winners shaping the future: This is a look at some of the more successful new business models, technology and forms of journalism emerging today, featuring Michael Golden, vice chairman of the New York Times Company; Greg Hywood, chief executive officer of Australia-based Fairfax Media; Gwen Lister, founder and executive director of The Namibian; and Vidar Herre, a photojournalist with Avisa Hordaland in Norway.
  • Digital compass: Where are we going, who is leading the way? This will examine the latest developments in paid content, tablet, mobile and video and the industry's best paid-for apps, featuring Annelies van den Belt, CEO, SUP, Russia; Christoph Keese, head of public relations, Axel Springer, Germany; Simon Regan-Edwards, head of technology for The Times and Sunday Times in the UK; Tor Jacobsen, managing director of Verdens Gang in Norway; Mikael Pentikainen, publisher and senior editor-in-chief, Helsingin Sanomat, Finland; Marc Challinor, head of mobile, The Daily Telegraph, UK; Morten Henriksen, CIO Berner Gruppen, Norway; and Dietmar Schantin, founder of the Institute of Media Strategies, Austria.


    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.

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