Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Pulitzer Winner Jeffrey Gettleman at World Editors Forum

Pulitzer Winner Jeffrey Gettleman at World Editors Forum
Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Jeffrey Gettleman of the New York Times is among the speakers who will inform and inspire participants at the 19th World Editors Forum, to be held 2-5 September in Kiev, Ukraine, together with the 64th World Newspaper Congress, the global summit meetings of the world’s newspapers and news publishers.

Mr Gettleman, the Times’ Nairobi bureau chief, won the Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting in 2012 for his “vivid reports, often at personal peril, on famine and conflict in East Africa, a neglected but increasingly strategic part of the world.’’
He will address an Editors Forum session entitled “Two-speed journalism,” dealing with the currently evolving dichotomy between high-speed, interactive digital journalism at one end of the spectrum and a re-emerging focus on long-form stories at the other end. Both use creative but widely different storytelling tools and techniques. Will this recipe for two-speed journalism deliver readers, distinctive content and, ultimately, value to newsrooms?
Participants will take home inspiration, strategies and techniques from the world’s best practitioners to help with their two-speed storytelling across all platforms.
The Editors Forum and World Newspaper Congress, organized by the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA), annually bring together more than 1,000 chief editors, publishers and other senior executives from more than 100 countries. Full details, including the programme and registration information, can be found at
WAN-IFRA has also launched a Congress and Forum blog, in the run-up to the events, with background information about speakers, the venue, and some of the hot topics to be examined:
Other sessions for the Editors Forum include:
The newsroom – beyond integration: Running a truly integrated editorial operation is a challenge. The goal is to produce cost-effective content that gets the most of journalists and mobile, print and web platforms. Many newsrooms are now integrating video into their operations. What’s next? What new jobs are needed? What new tools are available?
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?
Taking social media to the next level: Social media provide unprecedented opportunities to engage with readers, as well as to attract new ones. Can journalists take full advantage of what it can offer and truly integrate its use into their reporting? Who owns the relationships born of social media connections? Is Twitter driving the news agenda and how do you turn followers into readers?
In addition to Gettleman, Editors Forum speakers include Jacek Utko, Design Director, Bonnier Business Press (BPP), Sweden; Peter Ong, CEO, Checkout Australia Pty Ltd, Australia; Erik Bjerager, President, World Editors Forum and Editor-in-Chief and  Managing Director, Kristeligt Dagblad, Denmark; Juan Señor, Partner, Innovation Media Consulting Group; Raju Narisetti, Managing Editor of The Wall Street Journal Digital Network, USA; David Boardman, Executive Editor and Senior Vice President, The Seattle Times, USA;  Shoma Chaudhury, Managing Editor, Tehelka, India; Riyaad Minty, Head of Social Media, Al Jazeera Media Network, Qatar, and more to be announced.
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, 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, Publisher 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, 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 Editor-in-chief of The Namibian; and Vidar Herre, a photojournalist with Avisa Hordaland in Norway.
- Digital evolution, which 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; Simon Regan-Edwards, Head of Technology for The Times and Sunday Times in the UK; Tor Jacobsen, Managing Director of Verdans Gang in Norway; and other speakers to be announced.
Alongside the World Newspaper Congress and the World Editors Forum, Info Services Expo 2012 will present innovative solutions from the international suppliers’ community. The exhibition offers visitors the opportunity to meet the leading suppliers to the newspaper industry and discover cutting-edge products, services and technologies.
As always, the events are accompanied by an array of social events, gala dinners and lunches and are considered to be the premier opportunity to meet colleagues from around the world

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