New WAN-IFRA report: ‘Reality check – making money with Facebook’

This new report published by WAN-IFRA today, challenges news publishers to not only rethink their revenue and relationship strategies with Facebook but also that of all platforms. Nick Tjaardstra, WAN-IFRA Global Advisory Director, is part of a working group focused on platform strategies, and contributed this for the report.

‘Deep pockets not the answer’ – Jeff Bezos

“Independence, not deep pockets, is the solution for the newspaper business,” and “You cannot shrink your way into relevance.” Those two quotes from Jeff Bezos, owner of The Washington Post, summarise the main message delivered by the impressive lineup of speakers at La Stampa’s event on the future of newspapers last week

World Press Trends 2017: The audience-focused era arrives

The results of WAN-IFRA’s annual survey depict an industry that is increasingly building loyal audiences around its high-quality journalism, as the shift to reader-based revenue continues.

Can we take back the term ‘fake news’?

There is widespread discomfort in media circles over the catch-all term ‘fake news’, particularly when used to insult and provoke journalists and news organisations. So it was refreshing to hear Philip Howard, Professor of Internet Studies at Oxford Internet Institute label the misinformation as “Junk”.

WAN-IFRA Letter to President Trump, 27 March 2017

International media leaders have signalled their deep concern with the US administration’s persistent attacks on the press in a letter addressed to President Donald Trump.

World’s Press Calls on President Trump to Stop Targeting Media

International media leaders have signalled their deep concern with the US administration’s persistent attacks on the press by calling on US President Donald Trump to halt his ‘fake news’ accusations and to ensure White House briefings remain accessible to all media.

Tech giants need to place higher value on professional journalism

Never in recent history, have not just freedom of expression, but the expression of truth, been under such threat on a global scale, warned World Editors Forum President Marcelo Rech at a UNESCO colloquium in Paris on Journalism Under Fire. To get through the current crisis, tech companies need to recognise and value professional journalism above other content.

Deciding who decides which news is fake

Authorities decry the proliferation of misinformation and propaganda on the internet, and technology companies are wrestling with various measures to combat fake news. But addressing the problem without infringing on the right to free expression and the free flow of information is extremely thorny, Courtney C. Radsch, CPJ Advocacy Director, explains.

Journalism under fire: challenges of our times

Traditionally, the news media has been the key generator of journalism for societies. But developments of the last decade are changing this picture.

A new shadow over freedom of the press

The spreading of fake news, lies, and hate speech on social media platforms is in itself a highly alarming phenomenon, but it is also a great and dangerous threat to the freedom of the press and professional news organisations, writes Marcelo Rech, President of the World Editors Forum and Editorial Vice-President of Brazil’s Grupo RBS.