Colourful collection marks 15 years of newspaper innovation

A recent history of industry change has been catalogued in a box set of the Innovations in Newspapers world reports produced annually for WAN-IFRA since 1999.

by WAN-IFRA Staff | March 13, 2014

Since the report was first published, the newspaper industry has undergone a radical transformation into the digital age, with social media, citizen journalism and interactive content now at the forefront. However many of the challenges remain the same.

“It’s like having a time capsule about the industry,” said Larry Kilman, Deputy CEO of WAN-IFRA. “The books not only reflect how quickly news media has changed, but also how much stays the same — the details and approaches change, the basic challenges have remained fairly constant.”

In the first edition, publishers were concerned with the impact of the Internet on journalism and integrating newsrooms to accommodate multimedia reporting.

At the Los Angeles Times, the paper was grappling with publisher Mark Willes‘ decision to get business executives working alongside editorial managers.

Los Angeles Times spokesman told the report’s authors that media-watchers everywhere were attempting to take a daily snapshot of the paper’s progress or lack of it.

Meanwhile, at the New York Times, home delivery was the new big thing in metropolitan markets.

Fastforward to 2014 and the founder and president of Innovation consulting and editor of the reports, Juan Antonio Giner, reflecting on the past 15 years, said “The newspaper industry is leading the digital transition with more and better multimedia integrated newsrooms, journalists and managers than ever.”

“Print newspapers are here to stay for many years, leading the way of quality, compelling and relevant journalism,” he told WAN-IFRA.

The 16th global report will be released at the 66th World Newspaper Congress in Torino, Italy, on June 11th by Innovation partner, Juan Señor.

The box set is available for purchase by emailing for 1,500 euros, shipping included.

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