29 November 2021 - 02 December 2021
Virtual

Virtual World News Media Congress 2021

World Media Leaders Summit, World Editors Summit, Women in News Summit, Golden Pen of Freedom

Programme

Please scroll down to see the detailed programme.

The programme will include:

Golden Pen of Freedom Award
Awarded by WAN-IFRA in recognition of outstanding action, in writing or deed, in the cause of press freedom.

World Media Leaders Summit
A focused conference stream for publishers, owners, CEOs and all those invested in building sustainable news organisations. This year’s theme is Redefining news in the new normal: what do audiences want?

The World Editors Summit
For editorial leaders who put journalism and its freedoms first when leading their newsrooms through these challenging times.

Women in News Summit
An invigorating gathering to support WAN-IFRA‘s sector- leading initiative to increase women‘s leadership and voice in news.

Digital Media Awards Worldwide
The news media industry‘s only truly global digital media competition. The 2021 winners are selected from winners of the 2020 regional Digital Media Awards.

All sessions are in Central European time (CET).
On-demand videos can be accessed after the event. The videos will only be available to members and participants of the virtual Congress.

Virtual World News Media Congress 2021

November 29 Monday

10:00

Opening Remarks

10:00 Germany · 17:00 Singapore · 04:00 NY

Speakers
President of Henneo, President of WAN-IFRA
10:05

Business Barometer: The trends behind trends

10:05 Germany · 17:05 Singapore · 04:05 NY

How has the news media industry weathered the lingering pandemic globally over the past year? Where will publishers invest next year and beyond, and what are the trends driving publishers’ critical decisions? These are just a few bottomline issues that will be addressed in this opening session.

Moderator
Principal Publishing Lead, FT Strategies, UK
Speakers
Professor & Fellow, University of Oregon, Columbia University, USA
Director, Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, UK
Managing Director, FTI Consulting, USA
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11:30

Driving data-driven decisions in content planning

11:30 Germany · 18:30 Singapore · 05:30 NY

Bringing the power of data-driven decision making into the newsroom is critical when looking at content planning for sustainable business models. Understanding audience engagement through the lens of content can be powerful in helping design for reader revenue and direct paying relationships. Find out how (small and medium) publishers can tap onto the Editorial Insights Tool to enable pathways for data driven content planning in newsrooms.

Speakers
Data & innovation Strategy, Google News Initiative, APAC
Publisher Data Maturity, Online Partnerships Group, APAC, Google
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14:00

Attracting and keeping talent to build equitable, safe, and sustainable newsrooms

14:00 Germany · 21:00 Singapore · 08:00 NY

Talented newsroom staff are a key to building viable news organisations. What is needed to motivate, manage and keep the next generation of journalists capable of drawing the audiences you need, particularly when operating in hostile, vulnerable or high risk environments? Join WAN-IFRA Women in News Editorial Leadership Award Laureates for a roundtable discussion.

Presented by WAN-IFRA Women in News

Moderator
Senior News Editor for News and Commissioning, BBC, UK
Speakers
Editor-in-Chief, 7Day Media, Myanmar, 2021 Laureate for Southeast Asia
Middle East Editor, Thomson Reuters, Lebanon, 2021 Laureate for the Arab Region
Editor, The Nation on Sunday, Malawi, 2021 Laureate for Africa
16:00

Executive Strategy Briefing: Navigating 2022 and beyond

16:00 Germany · 23:00 Singapore · 10:00 NY

10 trends impacting your transformation strategies in 2022 and beyond
Moderator: Dean Roper, Director of Insights
Speaker: Adam Bird, Senior Partner and the Global Leader, Consumer Tech & Media, McKinsey

Adam Bird advises the top management of the most disruptive and disrupted companies on their most critical business issues, spanning all major media, entertainment and consumer technology segments. As publishers ramp up their digital transformation strategies going forward, the global trends shaping their business plans proves critical.

CEO panel: The perspectives of JP/Politikens Hus and Schibsted
Moderator: Alexandra Borchardt
Speakers: Stig Orskov, CEO JP/Politikens Hus; Kristin Skogen Lund, CEO, Schibsted Media

As the the pandemic lingers, these two leading publishers will share their insights, experiences, and strategies on how their companies have fared during the crisis, discuss the critical issues and trends impacting their business, and the way forward in the next few years.

Moderator
Senior Research Associate, Reuters Institute for Journalism at the University of Oxford; Coach, Tables Stakes Europe, WAN-IFRA
Speakers
Senior Partner, McKinsey & Company, Germany
CEO, JP/Politikens Hus, Denmark
CEO, Schibsted, Norway
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November 30 Tuesday

10:00

Thriving During a Crisis

10:00 Germany · 17:00 Singapore · 04:00 NY

Having a sustainable business – the thorn in most news publishers’ side for years now. Then there are those publishers whose transformation efforts were already bearing fruit before the pandemic and it just accelerated their plans. These publishers delivered excellent top and bottom-line results in the last few years, restructured their businesses and kept their ships on course. Top executives share their companies’ successes, lessons and the way forward for them.

Moderator
Strategic Advisor, Author, Speaker & Senior Research Fellow, Reuters Institute, Oxford University
Speakers
CEO & Owner, Stuff Ltd, New Zealand
CEO, Jagran New Media, India
Special Assistant to Chairman and Chief Editor, SCTV & Indosiar, Emtek, Indonesia
11:30

Solutions Showcase

11:30 Germany · 18:30 Singapore · 05:30 NY

Looking for new digital tools for your workplace? Heard of solutions that other publishers use? The Solutions Showcase is where you’ll get the opportunity to get a peek at the tools and technology others are talking about. Each speaker will present a 5-minute demo, after which you are welcome to visit their booth at our virtual marketplace, collect brochures and links, and even have a text chat or face-to-face online call with them!

Moderator
Deputy Sales Director, Global Events, WAN-IFRA
Speakers
Head of Sales for Media, Froomle, Belgium
Head of Sales, iApps Technologies
Sales Director APAC, MEA, UK&I, Lineup Systems
Sales Director, Stibo DX
VP Product, Viafoura, Canada
14:00

Facing the Headwinds in Print & Distribution

14:00 Germany · 21:00 Singapore · 08:00 NY

Meet the innovators who have converted distribution challenges into opportunities and reorganised print operations into revenue centres.

Converting Distribution Challenges into opportunities

Distribution has been a major challenge for many newspapers recently. Costs are going up and manning the distribution has been a challenge as well. JP Politiken in Denmark has allocated a number of resources into making the distribution a place of opportunities instead of challenges. Hans Peter Nissen is the head of Logistics within JP Politiken and he will present on their strategies for growth.

Creating new revenues streams for newspaper printers

In today’s competitive business environment, newspaper printers have been exploring ways to expand their production portfolio. Paul Huybrechts the managing director of Coldset Printing Partners in Belgium will discuss how his company is and will be tackling these challenges in the coming years.

Presented by WAN-IFRA World Printers Forum

Moderator
Chief Procurement & Sustainability Officer, Funke Mediengruppe, Germany
Speakers
Head of Logistics, JP/Politiken Media Group, Denmark
Manging Director, Coldset Printing Partners, Belgium
16:00

From Anonymous to Known: How The Independent Overhauled its Engagement Strategy & Increased Registrations by 100% in 12 months 

16:00 Germany · 23:00 Singapore · 10:00 NY

To improve audience engagement rates, The Independent developed a new user-friendly strategy that’s sparking conversation and driving more registrations. Join this session to learn how Philippa and her team:

  • Partnered with Viafoura to activate their audience and designed a new registration experience, leading to a 100% increase in conversions over 12 months
  • Improved civility in comments with an automatic moderation tool that also frees up time to focus on other initiatives
Moderator
Senior Project Manager - Digital Revenue Network, WAN-IFRA
Speakers
Head of Registered Audience, The Independent
President & COO, Viafoura
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16:30

Digital Media World Awards + 4 innovative & inspiring cases

16:30 Germany · 23:30 Singapore · 10:30 NY

Quick fire sessions with new ideas and best practices from around the world – including from the winners of our regional and global digital media awards!

Moderator
Marketing & Programming Manager, WAN-IFRA, Germany
Speakers
Associate Editor, The Federal, India
CEO, Lookout Local, USA
TikTok Channel Manager, Pulse, Nigeria
Head of Marketing & Content Growth, Pulse
Digital Editor-in-chief, Les Echos, France
Contributors
Head of Paid Content, Handelsblatt Media Group, Germany
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December 1 Wednesday

10:00

Journalism's Big Challenge

10:00 Germany · 17:00 Singapore · 04:00 NY

The forces disrupting journalism and news organisations grow daily triggering questions over the journalistic method, focus and relevance at a time when societies face significant, global challenges. How are editors responding to the pressures on freedoms, finances, truth while telling the big stories of our time, such as climate change?

Moderator
CEO at fraycollege, South Africa
Speakers
Editor in Chief, Reuters, UK
Co-Founder, Oxford Climate Journalism Network, UK
Editor Jefe, The Straits Times y English/Malay/Tamil Media Group,, SPH Media Trust, Singapur
Deputy Director of Media and Head of News, the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), Switzerland
11:30

What Happens When AI Meets the Newsroom

11:30 Germany · 18:30 Singapore · 05:30 NY

Newsrooms around the world are grappling with the possibility of using AI and the challenges and opportunities that it presents. In this session, featuring leaders of some of the biggest news organizations from three countries, we will talk about how to harness the skepticism and natural curiosity of journalists to make the leap so that AI can help your newsroom transform your business.
Moderator
CEO, WAN-IFRA
Speakers
Editor-in-Chief at News24
Senior Vice President and Editorial Director at Advance Local
Director, Business Development, Sophi.io, Canada
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14:00

Golden Pen Award & Press Freedom Round Table: A crisis of our times: ensuring media survive

14:00 Germany · 21:00 Singapore · 08:00 NY

News media has long relied on the market to help ensure sustainability and diversity, with advertising and sales paying for the independent journalism that citizens need to make informed decisions. But the market has changed and today it is failing due to a variety of factors, posing an existential threat to many news media enterprises – everywhere.

Brought to you by WAN-IFRA Media Freedom in partnership with UNESCO

Moderator
Director for Strategies and Policies in the field of Communication and Information, UNESCO
Speakers
Principal Publishing Lead, FT Strategies, UK
Co-founder and Executive Director, SembraMedia, Argentina
Former journalist, economist, academic, UK
Research Manager, Economist Impact, UK
Chief of Global Partnerships and Policy, Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP), USA
16:00

How news automation can strengthen the local journalism offer

16:00 Germany · 23:00 Singapore · 10:00 NY

Many more hyper local stories, much faster. Freed up time for journalists. Newsroom robots are helping Scandinavian local news publishers improve their subscription offer. In this session we’ll discuss how news automation fits into the reader revenue strategy and what the daily challenges and benefits are.

Moderator
Chief Marketing Officer, United Robots, Sweden
Speakers
Acting Editor-in-Chief, Örnsköldsviks Allehanda, Sweden
Project Lead, Fædrelandsvennen, Norway
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16:30

The 2022 Newsroom and Beyond

16:30 Germany · 23:30 Singapore · 10:30 NY

The editorial engine room is morphing into something quite different from the romantic depictions of the past. With more tasks being managed by AI, more engineers on the newsroom floor, more video, fewer words, and no real need to be based in a central office, what does the future newsroom look like? Case studies plus discussion

Moderator
Digital transformation, content strategy and innovation consultant, WEF Board Member, UK
Speakers
Editor in Chief, The Wall Street Journal & Dow Jones Newswires, New York, USA
Audience and Content Director North West, Reach plc, UK
Founder, Director RED/ACCIÓN, Argentina
Head of Leadership Development, Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, UK
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December 2 Thursday

10:00

Journalism in the Age of Influencers

10:00 Germany · 17:00 Singapore · 04:00 NY

With audiences flocking to influencers for adventures, advice, news and everything in between, we take a closer look at how they have created engaging content to attract and serve new, younger and more diverse audiences. Can journalists and editors ever be influencers while maintaining editorial independence and integrity? What should the new rules of engagement be? Lend your voice to this hotly debated topic!

Moderator
Global Senior Director of Audience Development, Social Media and Analytics, Vogue, UK
Speakers
Founder & CEO, IDN Media, Indonesia
Co-Founder & Managing Director, Year13, Australia
Senior Multiplatform Journalist, ABS-CBN, Philippines
11:30

The Way Forward: Partnerships, Products and Programs To Drive Digital Transformation

11:30 Germany · 18:30 Singapore · 05:30 NY

Join Anjali Kapoor, Director of News Partnerships at Meta for a look at how social technology is evolving at Meta. Anjali will be joined by Wahyu Dhyatmika, CEO of Indonesia’s Tempo Digital, on how his company successfully doubled down on digital to grow subscriptions in 2021.

Speakers
Director of News Partnerships APAC, Meta
CEO, Tempo Digital, Indonesia
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14:00

After COP26 – what’s next for ‘green media’?

14:00 Germany · 21:00 Singapore · 08:00 NY

Against a backdrop of ever-more disaster scenes across the globe, 2021 has finally seen world leaders head to Glasgow for COP26 to thrash out what we may all have to do next for the planet.

But some will remember 1992’s ‘Earth Summit’ – leading to the 2015 Paris Agreement – maybe, even, the first global environmental convention, in 1972. This is all, in some ways, old news.

Yet, the idea of ‘green’ or ‘sustainable’ media, whether reporting on the environment, or the environmental impact of such reporting, may feel new.

This session will discuss:

  • The industry’s response to the latest environmental talks
  • The news media performance on communicating environmental stories
  • The news media’s own environmental sustainability

This is session is organised by WAN-IFRA’s Global Alliance for Media Innovation (GAMI)

Moderator
PhD researcher, the University of Central Lancashire, UK
Speakers
Head of Sustainable Business Development, Schibsted, Sweden
Director, Alliance de la Presse d'Information Générale (APIG), France
Deputy Director, Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism & Director of RISJ Fellowship Programmes, UK
16:00

Looking Forward: Building the future of journalism today

16:00 Germany · 23:00 Singapore · 10:00 NY

Sam Guzik, foresight affiliate with the Future Today Institute and director of news product strategy at New York Public Radio, will explore how the future of news may unfold based on signals we are seeing today. The session will explore the implications of synthetic media, developments in natural language processing, the metaverse and more.

Moderator
CEO, WAN-IFRA
Keynote
Director of News Product at WNYC and a Foresight Affiliate at the Future Today Institute, USA
16:30

How to Adapt to the New(s) Abnormal

16:30 Germany · 23:30 Singapore · 10:30 NY

The Innovation in News Media Annual World Report, in association with WAN-IFRA, reveals what kinds of content triggers a subscription, 13 revenue models for publishers, the best examples of digital product innovation within newsrooms and best practice for setting up a fact checking unit to battle misinformation.

The session will be presented by Juan Senor and Ines Bravo and also feature two guest speakers who will share their experiences on the newsroom transformation at The Standard from Nairobi and how a cross platform redesign efforts at the Compass Media from Cayman Islands enhanced their audience engagement.

Speakers
President, Innovation Media Consulting Group, UK
Senior Consultant, Innovation Media Consulting Group, Portugal
Intake Editor, Standard Group PLC, Kenya
Publisher, Compass Media, USA

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