The World Association of News Publishers (WAN-IFRA) will host the World News Media Congress from Wednesday 28th – Friday 30th September, in Zaragoza, Spain. Their Majesties, the King and Queen of Spain, have been named as Honorary Presidents of the event, which is being organised by WAN-IFRA in association with publishing group Henneo and Zaragoza Tourismo.
800 journalists, editors and news media executives from 70 countries and six continents will convene at the event, which will include approximately 100 speakers. The programme includes three main conventions, including the World Media Leaders Summit, the Women in News Summit, and the World Editors Summit, with the latter showcasing an important workshop on sustainable climate change journalism.
Additionally – throughout the event – there will also be strong emphasis on finding formulas to safeguard the future of independent news publishing. Publishers will share successful reader revenue strategies incorporating strong product thinking focus and innovative advertising solutions.
Congress-goers will also address worrying challenges to press freedom around the world, and get behind initiatives to promote greater diversity and inclusion within news organisations and in their journalism.
For WAN-IFRA President Fernando de Yarza López-Madrazo, hosting the Congress in his home city of Zaragoza is significant. “Ever since I was elected to lead WAN-IFRA in 2019, I have wanted to share Aragon with the global media community, and show the vitality of independent local media. But the pandemic disrupted our plan,” said de Yarza.
“This year, we are finally set for an exceptional event and a great attendance under the presidency of a great defender of a free, independent, diverse and plural media ecosystem worldwide, the King of Spain, HM Felipe VI.”
Further information on the event can be found here.