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World News Media Congress 2017

Experience the 69th World News Media Congress and the 24th World Editors Forum in Durban, South Africa from June 7-9, 2017
The World News Media Congress is the annual meeting point for the publishing industry, offering focused sessions and workshops on issues critical to a sustainable future. It draws CEOs, chief Editors and advertising executives from news publishers and startups all over the world. Its aim is to support organisations, big and small, striving for excellence.

2017 is shaping up to be a critical year for professional journalism. While the need to build a sustainable business remains a top priority in boardrooms, rebuilding trust and distinguishing quality news requires equal, urgent attention.
World News Media Congress 2017
The World News Media Congress will continue this year sharing the best realisations from an industry in profound transformation: changing management culture, innovation processes and the relationship with readers and advertising clients.

While mischievous misinformation and fake news are partly to blame for many of 2016’s lapses, deep reflection is needed in 2017 to ensure our journalism practices are resilient and sustainable for the new, tech-driven and political realities.

'Breaking through’ is the theme of the Summit, which is a component of Wan-Ifra’s sector-leading Women in News initiative, which seeks to increase women’s leadership and voices in the news.

Win aims to increase women’s leadership and voices in the news. It also works to change institutional bottlenecks constricting advancement of women media executives by creating champions and educators from within the media industry. Win employs targeted capacity building actions such as media management training, coaching and mentoring, combined with a partnership-driven approach to advocacy, emphasising education, sensitisation and practical tools.


World News Media Congress 2017
Speakers and mentors include:

  • Catherine Gicheru, country lead, Code for Kenya, ICFJ Knight Fellow, Kenya
  • Ritu Kapur, co-founder and CEO, The Quint, India
  • Lisa MacLeod, head of digital, Times Media Group, South Africa
  • Verashni Pillay, former editor-in-chief, Huffington Post South Africa
  • Maria A. Ressa, CEO and executive editor, Rappler, Philippines
  • Helje Solberg, CEO/editor, VGTV, Norway
  • Monica Almeida, bureau chief, El Universo, Ecuador
  • Fatemah Farag, founder and director, Welad Elbalad Media Services, Egypt, Director, Win Mena

As part of the Summit, a panel session hosted by Google will address the Gender Representation and Gender Bias in News Reporting in the Age of Social Media.

Laureates of the Women in News Editorial Leadership Award 2017 will be honoured at the Win Summit. Two top achieving editors, one from the Middle East, North Africa region and one from sub-Saharan Africa will each receive a 2017 Win Newsroom Leadership Award for exceptional contributions to their newsrooms.

Our last annual World News Media Congress 2016 was a huge success in the beautiful city of Cartagena de Indias, Colombia. More than 700 news media executives, journalists and technology providers from 50 countries attended the world’s eminent Congress, World Editors Forum and World Advertising Forum to address the pressing issues facing the news media industry today. This three day event was an immersion of ideas, strategies and inspiration – with deep insights on news media transformation presented by top media experts. The iUeMagazine team is delighted to work with World News Media Congress 2017 as Online Media Partners & is expected to bring Unlimited Inspiration for all readers from the proceedings of this event. Staying tuned to the enriching updates from this event is recommended.

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