• 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

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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.

We are constantly updating our website, please come back another time for new developments in our programme!

Virtual World News Media Congress 2021

November 29 Monday


The Business Barometer: The trends behind trends

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.


Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Diversity, equity and inclusion have become embedded in progressive news media companies. The panellists will share their experiences.

Presented by WAN-IFRA Women in News


The Executive [Strategy] Briefing: Navigating 2022 and beyond

As the the pandemic lingers, 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.

November 30 Tuesday


Thriving during a Crisis

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 topline and bottom line results in the last few years, restructred their businesses and kept their ships on course. Top executives share their companies’ successes and lessons learned.


Facing the Headwinds in Print & Distribution

Meet the innovative ones who converted distribution challenges into opportunities and reorganised the print operations into revenue centre.

Presented by WAN-IFRA World Printers Forum


Innovations and Inspirations

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!

December 1 Wednesday


Journalism's Big Challenge

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?


Golden Pen of Freedom

Round table on Press Freedom.


The 2022 Newsroom and beyond

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

December 2 Thursday


Journalism in the Age of Influencers

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!


Green Media

What is the news media’s ‘footprint’ and how does this relate to its ‘brainprint’? Can you be economically and environmentally sustainable? These discussions take on an added urgency following COP26.

Presented by WAN-IFRA Global Alliance for Media Innovation


How to Adapt to the New Abnormal

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.

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