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News Research To Be Released At Editors Forum

Exclusive Newsroom Research To Be Released At World Editors Forum

An international news consumption study from The Associated Press and the annual "Newsroom Barometer" survey of newsroom strategies are among the exclusive research offerings now being prepared for the World Editors Forum, to be held in Sweden in June.

Participants of the World Editors Forum, the annual conference for senior newsroom personnel from around the globe, will get the first look at The AP's new international study of news consumption habits, which will be released during the first session of the WEF, the annual meeting for senior news executives from around the world.

The session will also feature, for the second year, the Newsroom Barometer, an international survey of editors-in-chief conducted by WEF, Reuters and Zogby International. The barometer focuses on editorial quality, multi-media content, audience participation and the future of journalism.

More than 1,500 newspaper editors, chief executives, publishers and other senior newspaper executives are expected to attend the World Editors Forum, the World Newspaper Congress and Info Services Expo 2008, the global summit of the world's press organised by the World Association of Newspapers. Full details of the events, to be held from 1 to 4 June in Göteborg, Sweden, are available at .

The WEF, the organisation within WAN for senior newsroom personnel, is organising its annual conference around the theme, "The Integrated Newsroom: Why, How and When." The conference programme can be found at .

The AP consumer study, entitled "The new consumption model for news: why the old routine is over for the 18-34", is an international extension of a similar study conducted in the United States last year, and is being prepared exclusively for the WEF. The presentation will be made by Jim Kennedy, Vice President and Director of Strategic Planning for The AP. The Newsroom Barometer, a survey of hundreds of editors from around the world, will be presented by John Zogby the President of the Zogby International polling firm.

Other WEF sessions include:

- Will Web 2.0 give birth to Journalism 2.0? The session will focus on the impact on journalism of user-generated content and social networks. Speakers include Kathleen Carroll, Senior Vice President and Executive Editor of The Associated Press, Bosse Svensson, General Director, MKT Media in Sweden, and other panelists to be announced.

- Are integrated newsrooms really working? The session will look at the advantages and drawbacks of merging print and online newsrooms. Speakers include Javier Moreno, Editor-in-Chief of El Pais in Spain, Bruno Patino, President of Le Monde Interactif in France, Jim Roberts, Editor of Digital News for The New York Times, Almar Latour, Managing Editor of the Wall Street Journal's, and Lisbeth Knudsen, CEO of Det Berlingske Officin and Editor-in-Chief of Berlingske Tidende in Denmark.

- Is mobile news the new gold mine? The session is dedicated to the opportunities of "small screen journalism" which has yet to reach full potential but is seen as a growth area for the future. The session will include Rafat Ali, Editor-in-Chief of and, Oscar Westlund, a Göteborg University expert of mobile news, and other speakers to be announced.

- The hyper-local news model : a solution for print and online. This session will examine mapping, geotagging and local search engines, which are changing the way services and news will be provided online. Speakers include Reetta Merilaïnen, Editor-in-Chief of Helsingin Sanomat in Finland, Elin Olofsson, News Editor of Östersunds Posten in Sweden, Jane Singer a professor at Lancashire Business School in the United Kingdom, and Steve Paulussen, a Senior Researcher at Ghent University in Belgium.

- New media training for the new newsroom. The session will feature Chris Lloyd, Assistant Managing Editor of the Daily Telegraph in the United Kingdom, David Dunkley Gyimah, Senior Lecturer in Digital Journalism at the University of Westminster in the United Kingdom, Werner Eggert, Editor in Chief of Tide in Germany, and Bertrand Pecquerie, Director of the World Editors Forum.

- Weekends win over weekdays. This session will explore the opportunities to increase the loyalty of newspaper readers through weekend editions, which in many countries are performing better than weekday editions in terms of circulation. Speakers will include Edward Greenspon, Editor-in-Chief of Canada's Globe & Mail, Franck Denton, Vice-President for Journalism with Morris Communications in the United States, Erik Bjerager, Editor in Chief of Kristeligt Dagblad in Denmark, and José-Manuel Fernandes, Editor-in-Chief of Publico in Portugal.

- 2007 - 2008 print and online launches. The session will feature Gianni Valenti, Deputy Editor of Gazzetta dello Sport in Italy, Ignacio Escolar, Editor-in-Chief of Publico, Spain, Pierre Haski, Founder and Editor in Chief of in France, Raju Nasiretti, Managing Editor of Mint in India, and Dominic Young, Director of Editorial Services, Intellectual Property, for News International Ltd in the United Kingdom.

- Content Management Systems: what fits best in your integrated newsroom. The session will feature chief editors explaining why they have chosen content management systems from Atex, Eidos Media, E-Scenic, CCI or Polopoly. Speakers include Anne Spackman of TimesOnline in the United Kingdom, Peter Sijpersma of Dagblad van het Noorden in the Netherlands, Luc Petitfrère of Edipresse in Switzerland, Patrick Saliën of in Belgium, and others to be announced.

The WEF will also feature many other events, including daily breakfasts, cocktails and other opportunities to network with editors from around the world. Full details at

Sponsors for the events now include Volvo, Holmen Paper, SAS, Bonnier, the Stampen Group and Pricewaterhouse Coopers.

The Paris-based World Editors Forum ( ) is the organisation of the World Association of Newspapers that represents editors-in-chief and other senior news executives. WAN, the global organisation for the newspaper industry, represents 18,000 newspapers; its membership includes 76 national newspaper associations, newspapers and newspaper executives in 102 countries, 12 news agencies and ten regional and world-wide press groups.


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