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65th World Newspaper Congress


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65th World Newspaper Congress

Date and Location

  • 02 Jun 2013 - 05 Jun 2013


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Sunday, 2. June 2013

  • 13:00
  • 13:00

    Gain strategic insight or improve data journalism projects: learn aobut the skills and tools you need to find, analyse and visualise data for improved storytelling. Using development data sets we will show you where opportunities lie and how to replicate. This session is made possible by a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

    Investigative Journalist, OpenData Advocate and Entrepreneur, South Africa

  • 14:00

    Technological innovations are transforming the digital advertising landscape. The round table will discuss the consequences of these disruptive changes brought about by advertising networks and real time bidding and the role of publishers in this new ecosystem.

  • 16:00

    The New Media Landscape and its Press Freedom Challenges. The evolving media landscape gives rise to new challenges for press freedom, particularly around the issues of soft censorship, media and internet regulation and the locking up of information. How should the media entrench its watchdog role in the face of these new challenges?


    Kavi Chongkittavorn, Advisor, National Press Council of Thailand

  • 18:00
    World Ballroom, Centara Grand









    Thai publishers and the city of Bangkok welcome you to the 65th World Newspaper Congress, 20th World Editors Forum and 23rd World Newspaper Advertising Forum in the heart of Asia. This is an opportunity for an informal meet and greet with friends and peers from around the globe as the world's news publishing industry gathers for its annual meetings.

Monday, 3. June 2013

  • 9:00
  • 10:00


    Pichai Chuensuksawadi, Chairman of Asia Pacific Committee, WAN-IFRA


    Opening Address:

    Jacob Mathew, President of WAN-IFRA



    H.E. Kittirat Na Ranong, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance


    Golden Pen of Freedom Presentation:

    Erik Bjerager, President of World Editors Forum

  • 12:00

    List of Exhibitors

    Followed by welcome luncheon

  • 13:30


    Thomas Jacob, Chief Operating Officer, WAN-IFRA

    World Press Trends 2013

    The annual update on trends in news publishing worldwide, from WAN-IFRA’s World Press Trends survey, the most authoritative source on industry wide data for circulation, advertising, digital audience and more.

    Vincent Peyrègne, CEO, WAN-IFRA


    Panel: Around the world in 60 minutes

    In this fast-paced session, leading news executives from Asia, Europe, Middle East, Africa and the Americas will discuss the key trends that drive their strategies and plans.


    Mike Savage, Editor, The Asia Media Journal, Hong Kong


    Patrick Daniel, Editor-in-Chief, English & Malay Newspapers, Singapore Press Holdings, Singapore 

    Tobias Trevisan, CEO, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ), Germany

    Amadou Mhatar Ba, CEO, African Media Initiative, Kenya

    Michael Chalhoub, CEO, Sport360, UAE

    Boris Lohzkin, President, UMH Group, Russia

  • 15:30

    One of the United States largest media and marketing solutions companies, Gannett, publisher of USA TODAY, has launched a new digital strategy to fully leverage its relationships with customers and advertisers.

    Robert Dickey, President US Community Publishing, Gannett Company Inc., USA

  • More and more publications have been introducing online paywalls, hoping they might revolutionise online business models and bring much needed revenue. Discover a variety of concepts and lessons learned from experiments and implemented strategies worldwide.


    Dr. Stig Nordqvist, Executive Director, Publishing & Digital, WAN-IFRA


    Paid content global strategies

    The Norwegian Media Association has published a report about the different ways to charge for content online. What are the best models for small, medium and large media groups? Case studies from around the world.

    Geir Engen, Digital Director, Norwegian Media Businesses’ Association - MBL, Norway


    Journalism doesn’t end with a paywall

    The Globe and Mail launched a metered paywall in October 2012, and one positive effect has been the strengthening of The Globe’s journalism. From creating premium products to highlighting value-added features, John Stackhouse will showcase how a paid content strategy can invigorate a newsroom.

    John Stackhouse, Editor-in-Chief, The Globe and Mail, Canada


    Metered subscription and multi-platform model of FT

    Discover how FT’s solutions were implemented and the customer insights that followed. Learn of their current situation and results.

    Caspar de Bono, Managing Director, B2B, Financial Times, UK


  • 18:00

    This glamourous networking event is always a Congress highlight and definitely not to be missed. Seated within an open atrium you will be captivated by outstanding performances from Bangkok artists and musicians. While dining on Asian delicacies, the Gala Dinner will provide the perfect setting to unwind with friends old and new.

Tuesday, 4. June 2013

  • 8:50
  • 9:00
    World Editors Forum


    Cherilyn Ireton, Executive Director, WEF, France

    Welcome and release of Trends in Newsrooms 2013 report
    Erik Bjerager, President, World Editors Forum, Denmark


    Opening keynote: What technology is doing to journalism and how to save it
    Old editorial models are being disrupted, not only by lower barriers to entry but also by new mobile delivery channels and new forms of automation that challenge the role of human editors. So how can we add value to the digital network in ways that enhance our businesses?

    David Rowan, Editor, WIRED, UK


    The Super Newsroom: a catalyst for success
    Cadena Capriles’ state-of-the-art newsroom is setting new standards for multimedia integration and 360° content delivery. See why their journalists love going to work and why community-based journalism is driving success.

    Nathalie Alvaray, Editorial Director, Cadena Capriles, Venezuela


    Data and the storytelling revolution
    Investigative reporting and storytelling have been transformed by those who can access, work with and visualise data. Celebrate some of the best examples of this new journalism.

    Justin Arenstein, Chief Strategist, Knight Fellow, African Media Initiative, International Center for Journalists

  • 9:00

    H.E Yingluck Shinawatra, Prime Minister of Thailand

  • 11:00
    World Editors Forum

    There is no template for managing a newsroom through fundamental and unpredictable change. We share some survival strategies and inspirational case studies of reinvention.


    Randy Covington, Director, Newsplex, US


    How to foster innovation in your newsroom
    There are no templates for managing change and traditional mindsets may need rebooting to encourage adaptive newsrooms where innovation and new products are the norm, and editorial staff thrive despite an uncertain future .

    Jonathan Halls, Adjunct Prof, George Washington University, US


    When disaster hits
    How do you manage your editorial teams and the story when a disaster happens? Andrew Holden was editor of The Press in Christchurch when a devastating earthquake hit, with tragic consequences for many on his staff.

    Andrew Holden, Editor-in-Chief, The Age, Australia


    Leading in challenging times
    El Pais has had a difficult year with internal and external pressures forcing a change in the way its newsroom operates. But reorganisation, good journalism and expansion into new markets is helping maintain focus.

    Javier Moreno, Editor, El Pais, Spain


    Personal brand building
    Suthichai Yoon has built a pioneering personal brand linked to new media
    content in Thailand. From his social media News Junkies network, to his blog, twitter stream and facebook postings.

    Suthichai Yoon, Chairman Nation Multimedia Group, Thailand

  • 14:00
    World Editors Forum

    There has never been a more receptive time to experiment with new tools, content packages and processes. This session will focus on newsroom innovation that adds value.


    Dr. Stig Nordqvist, Executive Director, Emerging Digital Platforms, WAN-IFRA


    Augmented reality: bringing Malaysia’s Star to life
    A determination to stay at the forefront of digital innovation has seen the Star introduce tools and technologies to improve readers’ experience.

    Wong Chun Wai, Group Chief Editor, The Star, Malaysia


    Moving to digital first
    The Financial Times marked its 125th anniversary by announcing a switch to digital first. How is it reshaping its newsrooms and how is FT Labs helping its digital transformation?

    Lisa MacLeod, Head of Operations,, UK

    New wave storytelling
    Integrated storytelling reached new heights in 2013 when the New York Times won a Pulitzer Prize for its feature, Snow Fall.
    Enjoy some of the best examples from this new genre and hear how mobile challenges are being overcome.

    Sarah Marshall, Technology Editor,

    Start-ups and apps you can’t ignore
    An interactive speed session where you can share new online services, apps and tools with your peers.

    Anette Novak, WEF board member, Sweden

  • 16:00
    World Editors Forum

    The information under an editor’s control has increased at a time when pressure to regulate newspapers and the internet is growing. Can standards be upheld without sacrificing freedom of expression?


    Marcelo Rech, Director of Journalism, RBS Group, Brazil


    Life after Leveson

    The clash of the right to privacy and the right to free expression stretches beyond the UK with widespread pressure to change the way media is regulated. What does this mean for press freedom?

    George Brock, Head of Journalism, City University, UK


    Tapping new voices in Thailand

    Thailand has one of the world’s youngest online markets, with an active blogging community and successful online forums. How are traditional media harnessing new media conversations?

    Chavarong Limpattamapanee, Web Editor, Thairath daily, Thailand


    Sponsored content

    The drive for new revenue has seen an increasing number of news brands introduce sponsored content. Is this our new reality and what does it mean for product integrity?

    Siddharth Varadarajan, Editor, The Hindu, India


    Best practice for comment moderation

    Interactive news platforms have seen a rise in the volume of reader comments – and hate speech. New research highlights emerging best practice for content management and moderation.

    Larry Kilman, Deputy CEO, WAN-IFRA

Wednesday, 5. June 2013

  • 8:50
  • 9:00
    World Editors Forum

    It is becoming harder to keep staff safe in dangerous environments. What happens to the media’s role as witness when a report from a veteran journalist is traded for a citizen’s tweet?

    Anne Nelson, Author, Teacher, Columbia University, USA

    Why being there is like gold

    Foreign correspondents are an endangered species, placing increased importance on news agencies to record and make sense of events. How do they ensure safety of their teams in hostile spots?

    Philippe Massonnet, Global News Director, AFP, France


    Do news organisations share blame for journalists’ deaths?

    Pakistan is one of the most dangerous and competitive countries in the world to be a journalist. Is a hunger to report the news first fuelling deaths?

    Zaffar Abbas, Editor, Dawn, Pakistan


    When the world’s media has moved on

    When issues and inconvenient truths around conflict found little expression in Sri Lanka’s mainstream media – an award-winning citizen journalism platform was launched. Today Groundviews is one of the most followed, quoted and respected platforms.

    Sanjana Hattotuwa, Citizen journalist, digital activist, Sri Lanka


    Newsroom protocols to protect staff

    Mexican newsrooms are a frequent target of bombs and kidnappings. How practical steps are increasing the safety of staff.

    Javier Garza, Editorial Director, El Siglo, Mexico

  • 11:30
    World Editors Forum

    Draw ideas and solutions on how to connect to, and keep, the audience you want. What role will social media play in your newsroom in the medium to long term?


    Kylie Davis, News Ltd, Australia


    The value of sharing

    BuzzFeed has built a global social news platform and young audience by sharing of popular content. Now it is tackling more cerebral content. Is it a prototype for future news organisations?

    Scott Lamb, Editorial Director,, US


    3 steps to finding, building and measuring your audience

    Making decisions based on your audience is crucial for success in digital times. Using lessons learnt at The Globe and Mail and Yahoo, Anjali Kapoor will share ideas on how to identify your audience, connect with them and increase their loyalty.

    Anjali Kapoor, Director, Digital News Strategy, The Globe and MailCanada


    Repackaging for mobile

    Stampen group is targeting younger audiences by using and reusing editorial material for mobile consumption.

    Markus Pettersson, Project Manager, Stampen, Sweden


    Building communities
    WAZ NewMedia has found a novel way of building a community of
    photographers, and sourcing content.
    Oliver Multhaup, Managing Director of WAZ NewMedia, Germany


    The success factor

    New research pinpoints three common drivers behind viable news media, including audience engagement. Have you got the success factor?

    Mira Milosevic, Director Media Development, WAN-IFRA

  • 14:00


    Pichai Chuensuksawadi, Editor in Chief, Post Publishing, Thailand

    The future of the Internet

    Conversation with Steve Crocker. The Internet pioneer known as one of the founding fathers of Internet, will discuss issues such as the future o f the internet, internet and security, Internet and the media...

    Steve Crocker, CEO and Co-Founder, Shinkuro Inc., US


    The future of journalism

    The author of What would Google Do? and Public Parts discusses the impact of the new media economy on the way news are produced and monetized . Provocative thinking and disruptive business model proposals for the future of news publishing.  

    Jeff Jarvis, BuzzMachine, USA


    Global report on innovation in newspapers

    The annual presentation of the Innovations in Newspapers World report, prepared for WAN-IFRA by the team from Innovation Media Consulting, is always one of the highlights of the Congress. The presentation will be illustrated with case studies from all over the world.

    Juan Señor and Team, Innovation Media Consulting, UK

    Closing comments

  • 18:00
    Sampran Riverside, Nakorn Pathom

    Limited availability! Seats are on a first serve basis.

    The Sampran Riverside offers visitors a quick immersion into traditional Thai culture. You’ll enjoy Thai customs and cuisine in a classic village setting with hands-on activities and workshops. Ever wonder how to make silk? Want to try your hand at pottery? Or learn the art of making herbal compresses? From Thai boxing, bamboo and farmer dancing to rice planting, you’ll be invited to join these activities and be entertained by local performers during the Congress’s Folk Night.







Contact information



  • Jim Chisholm
    Jim Chisholm
    Media Consultant and Analyst, France
  • Anette Novak
    Anette Novak
    CEO, Interactive Institute Swedish ICT, Sweden (Moderator)
  • David Hedengren
    Publisher and Editor in Chief, Your Middle East (
  • Eskoensio Pipatti
    Eskoensio Pipatti
    Focus Area Director, Research programme Next Media
  • Sarah Marshall, Social media editor for Europe, Middle East and Africa, Wall Str
    Sarah Marshall
    Social media editor for Europe, Middle East and Africa, Wall Street Journal, USA
  • Zaffar Abbas
    Zaffar Abbas
    Editor, The Dawn Media Group, Pakistan
  • Robin Hu
    Robin Hu
    CEO, South China Morning Post, Hong Kong
  • Vincent Peyrègne
    Chief Executive Officer, World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA)
  • Manfred Werfel
    WAN-IFRA Deputy CEO, Germany
  • Lisa MacLeod
    Lisa MacLeod
    Head of Operations,, UK
  • Todd Forest
    Executive Producer Asia Pacific, Microsoft Online Media and Publishing, Singapore
  • Juan Señor, Partner, Innovation International Media Consulting Group, UK
    Juan Señor
    Partner, Innovation International Media Consulting Group, UK
  • Mirjana Milosevic
    Head of Media Development, WAN-IFRA
  • Randy Covington
    Director, WAN-IFRA Newsplex Training Centre - South Carolina, USA
  • David Rowan
    David Rowan
    Editor, WIRED Magazine, UK
  • Henrik Bruun, NORDJYSKE Medier, Denmark
    Henrik Bruun
    Head of Circulation, NORDJYSKE Medier, Denmark
  • Nathalie Alvaray
    Nathalie Alvaray
    Vice President Media, Cadena Capriles, Venezuela
  • Javier Moreno Barber
    Javier Moreno Barber
    Head of Global Content, PRISA media, Spain
  • Michael Chalhoub
    Founder, Gulf Sports Media FZ-LLC, UAE
  • Cherilyn Ireton, Executive Director World Editors Forum, WAN-IFRA
    Cherilyn Ireton
    Executive Director World Editors Forum, WAN-IFRA
  • Andrew Green
    Andrew Green
    Global Chief Marketing Officer, Ipsos
  • Kylie Davis
    Network Editor, Real Estate, News Ltd, Australia
  • Shrijeet Mishra
    Shrijeet Mishra
    COO, Bennett Coleman & Co, India
  • Tobias Trevisan
    Tobias Trevisan
    Managing Director, FAZ - Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung Gmbh, Germany
  • Kavi Chongkittavorn
    Kavi Chongkittavorn
    Advisor, National Press Council of Thailand
  • Jonathan Halls
    Adjunct Professor, The George Washington University and Principal, Jonathan Halls & Associates, USA
  • Siddharth Varadarajan
    Editor, The Hindu, India
  • Lisa Blakeway, Executive Director, Vuselela Media, South Africa
    Lisa Blakeway
    Executive Director, Vuselela Media, South Africa
  • Suthichai Yoon, Chairman, Nation Multimedia Group, Thailand
    Suthichai Yoon
    Chairman, Nation Multimedia Group, Thailand
  • Martin van der Meij, Head of Revenue Development, TMG, The Netherlands
    Martin van der Meij
    Head of Revenue Development, TMG, The Netherlands
  • George Brock
    Professor and Head of Journalism, City University, UK
  • Justin Arenstein
    Justin Arenstein
    Investigative Journalist, OpenData Advocate and Entrepreneur, South Africa
  • Ulbe Jelluma
    Marketing Manager, Print Power Europe, Belgium
  • Geoff Tan
    Senior Vice President, Head - Strategic Marketing, Singapore Press Holdings, Singapore
  • Eugen A. Russ
    Eugen A. Russ
    Managing Director/Owner, Russmedia, Austria
  • Craig Smith
    Managing Director, The New York Times, China
  • Kevin Beatty
    Kevin Beatty
    CEO, dmg media, Daily Mail & General Trust (DMGT), UK
  • Ahmet Dalman
    Ahmet Dalman
    Vice President Executive Committee, Hurriyet Group, Turkey
  • Sanjana Hattotuwa
    Sanjana Hattotuwa
    Senior Researcher and Head of Media Unit, Centre for Policy Alternatives, Sri Lanka
  • Peter Kvarnstrom
    President of BC Community Media, Glacier Media, Canada
  • Guy Crevier, President, La Presse, Canada
    Guy Crevier
    President, La Presse, Canada
  • Patrick Daniel
    Editor-in-Chief, English & Malay Newspapers
  • Andrew Holden, Editor-in-Chief, The Age, Australia
    Andrew Holden
    Editor-in-Chief, The Age, Australia
  • Javier Garza Ramos
    Javier Garza Ramos, Knight International Journalism Fellow, Mexico
  • Jeff Jarvis, Director of the Interactive Journalism Program, CUNY
    Jeff Jarvis
    Director of the Interactive Journalism Program, CUNY
  • Supakorn Vejjajiva
    Supakorn Vejjajiva
    President and COO, Post Publishing, Thailand
  • Erik Bjerager, President World Editors Forum
    Erik Bjerager
    Second Vice President World Editors Forum, Editor-in-Chief and Managing Director, Kristeligt Dagblad, Denmark
  • Anders Berglund
    Anders Berglund
    VP of Sales, Schibsted, Sweden
  • Johnny Ryan, Chief Innovation Officer at The Irish Times
    Johnny Ryan
    Chief Innovation Officer, The Irish Times, Ireland
  • Frédéric Filloux
    Head of Digital, Les Echos, France
  • Robert Dickey
    President US Community Publishing, Gannett
    Group MD & CEO of Star Media Group Berhad (“the Company or “Star”)
  • Andreas Vogiatzakis
    Andreas Vogiatzakis
    CEO, Omnicom Media Group, Malaysia
  • Eduardo Sirotsky Melzer
    Eduardo Sirotsky Melzer
    Chief Executive Officer, Grupo RBS, Brazil
  • Mark-Oliver Multhaup
    Managing Director / CEO, WAZ NewMedia
  • Caspar de Bono
    Caspar de Bono
    Managing Director B2B, Financial Times Ltd
  • Markus Pettersson
    Markus Pettersson
    Project Manager, Stampen, Sweden
  • Roshan Thiran
    Roshan Thiran
    Director of Operations, STAR Media Group, Malaysia
  • Peter M. Zollman
    Peter M. Zollman
    Founding principal, AIM Group and Classified Intelligence, USA
  • Dipankar Das Purkayastha
    Managing Driector & CEO, ABP Pvt Ltd, India
  • Peter Lamb
    Peter Lamb
    President, Lamb Consulting, USA
  • Suzanne Raitt
    Suzanne Raitt
    Vice President, Marketing and Innovations, Newspaper Canada, Canada
  • Matt Kelly
    Matt Kelly
    Publishing Consultant, Cases i Associats, UK
  • Geir Engen
    fagsjef for digitale medier, MBL, Norway
  • Ole Mølgaard
    Ole Mølgaard
    Program Director, CBS Executive, Denmark
  • Thomas Jacob, Chief Operating Officer, WAN-IFRA
    Thomas Jacob
    Chief Operating Officer, WAN-IFRA
  • Jacob Mathew
    President, WAN-IFRA and Executive Editor and Publisher, Malayala Manorama Group of Publications, India
  • CEO and Co-Founder, Shinkuro Inc., US
    Steve Crocker
    CEO and Co-Founder, Shinkuro Inc., US
  • Marcelo Rech, Director of Journalism, RBS Group, Brazil
    Marcelo Rech
    Director of Journalism, RBS Group, Brazil
  • Boris Lozhkin
    Boris Lozhkin
    President, UMH Group, Ukraine
  • Gilles Guillou, Chief Revenue Officer, La Place Media, France
    Gilles Guillou
    Chief Revenue Officer, La Place Media, France
  • Chavarong Limpattamapanee
    Chavarong Limpattamapanee
    Chief of Information Centre, Thairath Daily Newspaper, Thailand
  • Madhav Chinnappa, Head of Strategic Partnerships, Google
    Madhav Chinnappa
    Head of Strategic Partnerships, Google, UK
  • Philippe Massonnet, Global News Director, Agence France-Presse, France
    Philippe Massonnet
    Global News Director, Agence France-Presse, France
  • Larry Kilman, Secretary General, WAN-IFRA, France
    Larry Kilman
    Secretary General, WAN-IFRA, France
  • Amadou Mahtar Ba, Chief Executive, African Media Initiative (AMI)
    Amadou Mahtar Ba
    Chief Executive, African Media Initiative (AMI). Co-founder and Chairman, AllAfrica Global Media. Inc – Owner and Operator of
  • John Stackhouse
    John Stackhouse
    Editor-in-Chief, The Globe and Mail

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