World Association of News Publishers

67th World News Media Congress · 22nd World Editors Forum · 25th World Advertising Forum


67th World News Media Congress · 22nd World Editors Forum · 25th World Advertising Forum


67th World News Media Congress

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Join the most significant gathering of the world's press: Media executives from 80 countries will converge in Cartagena, Colombia, next year.

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Thank you for participating in the 2015 Congress. We look forward to welcoming you this year in Cartagena, Colombia, from 12 to 14 June 2016.

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WAN-IFRA, in cooperation with the Newspaper Association of America (NAA), has held the most prestigious event for news media professionals, the 67th World News Media Congress in Washington, D.C.

The Congress offered three parallel events that together form the annual meeting point for publishers, CEOs, managing editors and advertising executives from all over the world striving for excellence to succeed in today's highly competitive media landscape.


  • Larry Kramer
    President and Publisher, USA Today - USA

    Larry Kramer is president and publisher of USA Today.   Prior to that he was an...


  • Arthur O. Sulzberger, Jr.
    Chairman, The New York Times Company & Publisher, The New York Times, USA

    Arthur O. Sulzberger, Jr. became publisher of The New York Times in 1992 and continues to run...

  • Larry Kramer
    President and Publisher, USA Today - USA

    Larry Kramer is president and publisher of USA Today.   Prior to that he was an...

  • Nancy Lane
    President, Local Media Association, USA

    Nancy Lane is the dynamic leader of the Local Media Association, an...

  • Torry Pedersen
    CEO/Editor in Chief, Verdens Gang AS, Norway

    Torry Pedersen is CEO/Editor in Chief of Verdens Gang AS, Norway’s most read news-site/...

  • Martin Baron
    Executive Editor, The Washington Post, USA

    Martin “Marty” Baron became executive editor of The Washington Post on January 2, 2013. He...

  • Terry J. Kroeger
    President and Chief Executive Officer, BH Media Group - USA

    Terry J. Kroeger is the President and Chief Executive Officer of BH Media Group, and the...

  • Melissa Bell
    Senior Product Manager and Executive Editor,, USA

    Melissa Bell co-founded in early 2014 and became the first person at...

  • Emily Bell
    Director, Tow Center for Digital Journalism, Columbia's Graduate School of Journalism, USA

    Emily Bell is director of the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia's Graduate School of...

  • Fadi Chehadé
    President and Chief Executive Officer, ICANN, USA

    Fadi Chehadé is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Internet Corporation for...

  • Marta Gleich
    Executive Editor, Zero Hora, Brazil

    Marta Gleich, 52, is the executive editor of Zero Hora and seven other RBS Group newspapers in...

  • Nick Tjaardstra
    Director, Global Advisory WAN-IFRA

    Nick leads our most advanced digital revenue programmes, from our eRev exec programme, to our...

  • Perrine Albrieux
    Marketing and digital development Director – Groupe Télégramme, France

    Perrine joined the Groupe Télégramme in 2012, as Group Marketing Director, where she is in...

  • Greg Barber
    Director Digital News Projects, Washington Post, USA

    Greg Barber has made a career of startups within news organizations.

    After a stint...

  • Joyce Barnathan
    President, International Center for Journalists (ICFJ), USA

    Joyce Barnathan is president of the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ), a non-profit...

  • Donna Barrett
    Chairman, NAA, USA

    Donna Barrett has been president and chief executive officer of Community Newspaper Holdings Inc...

  • Fergus Bell
    UGC and digital news gathering expert, UK

    Fergus Bell is a UGC and digital newsgathering expert who has a passion for the positive...

  • Nick Bell
    Head of media division, Snapchat, USA

    Nick Bell is now part of the Snapchat team. Formerly he was Senior Vice...

  • Guy Berger
    Director for Freedom of Expression and Media Development, UNESCO, Paris, France

    Guy has many years of experience in the African media and headed the School of Journalism &...

  • David Biderman
    Director of Business Intelligence, Dow Jones, USA

    David Biderman is the Director of Business Intelligence at Dow Jones, assisting on product...

  • Ludovic Blecher
    Director, Google-AIPG Fund for Digital Innovation in Press (FINP), France

    Ludovic Blecher has spent most of his professional career in the newspaper industry. He first...

  • Matt Boggie
    Executive Director, R&D Lab, The New York Times, USA

    Matt Boggie is the Executive Director of the R&D Lab at The New York Times. As the lab...

  • Irina Bokova
    Director-General of UNESCO

    Irina Bokova, born on 12 July 1952 in Sofia (Bulgaria) has been the Director-General of UNESCO...

  • Gordon Borrell
    CEO, Borrell Associates​, USA​

    Gordon Borrell is one of the media industry’s leading analysts. He is ranked in the top 2...

  • Jim Brady
    CEO, Sprited Media, USA

    Jim Brady is the CEO of Spirited Media, which operates the news platform Billy Penn in...

  • Tomas Brunegård
    President, WAN-IFRA, Sweden

    Tomas Brunegård is the President of WAN-IFRA and former Chairman of the Board of Sweden's...

  • David Callaway
    Editor-in-Chief, USA Today, USA

    David Callaway is Editor-in-Chief of USA Today, responsible for the day...

  • Phil Chetwynd
    Global Editor-in-Chief, AFP, France

    Phil Chetwynd was appointed AFP's Paris-based Global Editor-in-Chief in October 2012. He is...

  • Rita Chinyoka
    Publisher/CEO, Alpha Media Holdings, Zimbabwe

    Rita Chinyoka is a seasoned business executive who brings to Alpha Media Holdings (AMH) over 20...

  • Pichai Chuensuksawadi
    Editor-in-Chief, Bangkok Post, Thailand

    Pichai Chuensuksawadi is the Editor-in-Chief of The Post Publishing, which publishes the...

  • Liam Corcoran
    Social Media Editor, NewsWhip, Ireland

    Liam Corcoran is NewsWhip's Social Media Editor.
    Used by some of the world's leading...

  • Randy Covington
    Director, WAN-IFRA Newsplex Training Centre - South Carolina, USA

    Randy Covington is director of the WAN-IFRA Newsplex Training Centre at the University of South...

  • Zohar Dayan
    Co-Founder and CEO, Wibbitz, USA

    Zohar Dayan is the Co-Founder & CEO of Wibbitz, a technology that automatically produces...

  • Daniel Dessein
    President, DYN news agency and Vice President ADEPA (Argentina´s Press Association), Argentina

    Daniel Dessein was born in Tucumán (Argentina), in 1973. He is the president of DYN news agency...

  • Ken Doctor
    News Industry Analyst and Author, USA

    Ken Doctor is an analyst with a ringside seat at the greatest story ever told about the global...

  • Ekrem Dumanlı
    Editor-in-Chief, Zaman Daily, Turkey

    Ekrem Dumanlı is the editor-in-chief of the Zaman daily, one of Turkey’s largest...

  • Chris Edwards
    Vice President of Sales & Marketing, The Gazette Company, USA

    Chris Edwards joined The Gazette Company in May of 2009.  He oversees the sales and...

  • Deniz Ergürel
    R&D Director, Zaman Media Group, Turkey

    Deniz Ergürel is a technology journalist and social entrepreneur. He is currently the R&D...

  • Lou Ferrara
    Vice President for Sports, Business, Interactive and Entertainment News, The Associated Press, USA

    Lou Ferrara is the vice president for sports, business, interactive and entertainment news at...

  • Alanna Gombert
    CEO of Gombert Consulting, USA

    Alanna Gombert is CEO of Gombert Consulting, a full service digital media consulting...

  • Ulrik Haagerup
    Executive Director of News, Danish Broadcasting Corporation, Denmark

    Born in 1963, Ulrik Haagerup is the Executive Director of News at the Danish Broadcasting...

  • Ferial Haffajee
    Editor-in-Chief, City Press, South Africa

    Ferial Haffajee is Editor-in-Chief of the highly rated South African Sunday newspaper City Press...

  • Mark Halperin
    Co-Managing Editor, Bloomberg Politics, USA

    Mark Halperin is co-managing editor of Bloomberg Politics, which leads Bloomberg’s political and...

  • John Heilemann
    Co-Managing Editor, Bloomberg Politics, USA

    John Heilemann, co-managing editor of Bloomberg Politics, has covered politics, business, and...

  • Christian Hendricks
    Corporate Vice President, Interactive Media, The McClatchy Company, USA

    Chris Hendricks has been Vice President, Interactive Media at McClatchy since 1999. He...

  • Stephen P. Hills
    President and General Manager, The Washington Post, USA

    Steve Hills has made a career out of creating successful customer-focused innovation. During his...

  • Lars Hordnes
    Head of Digital Sales and VP Digital, Amedia, Norway

    Lars Hordnes has worked with digital advertising since 1996 with companies...

  • Fred Hurkmans
    Commercial and Marketing Director, NewsMaster, Belgium

    Born in France, Dutch and living in Belgium, Fred Hurkmans joined NewsMaster in 2013....

  • Jeff Jarvis
    Professor and Director, Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism, CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, USA

    Jeff Jarvis is professor and director of the Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism at...

  • Douglas Jehl
    Foreign Editor, The Washington Post, USA

    Douglas Jehl is foreign editor of The Washington Post, overseeing all news coverage outside the...

  • Alexis Johann
    Managing Director, Styria digital one, Austria

    Johann is managing director of styria digital one, the advertising arm of Austria´s...

  • Robert Johansson
    Head of RTB and Programmatic, Schibsted, Sweden

    Robert Johansson manages the daily operations of AdMarket for Schibsted Sweden and one of his...

  • Cathrin Kahlweit
    Correspondent for Central Eastern Europe, Süddeutsche Zeitung, Germany

    Cathrin Kahlweit is the Correspondent for Central Eastern Europe at Süddeutsche Zeitung, where...

  • Tom Kent
    Standards Editor and Deputy Managing Editor, Associated Press, USA

    Thomas Kent is deputy managing editor and standards editor of the AP, responsible for standards...

  • Larry Kilman
    Secretary General, WAN-IFRA, France

    Larry Kilman is the Paris-based Secretary General for the World Association of Newspapers and...

  • Anders Kring
    Head of Lab, Berlinske Media, Denmark

    Anders Kring is the Head of Berlingske Media LAB. He is a former games producer who have...

  • Christopher M. Lee
    President, Deseret Digital Media - USA

    Chris Lee became President of Deseret Digital Media (DDM) in 2013 after previously serving as...

  • Elisa Lees Muñoz
    Executive Director, International Women's Media Foundation (IWMF), USA

    Elisa Lees Munoz is the IWMF’s Executive Director. She is responsible for identifying strategic...

  • Caroline H. Little
    President and CEO, Newspaper Association of America, USA

    Caroline Little is president and CEO of the Newspaper Association of America, the industry’s...

  • Alex MacCallum
    Assistant Editor, The New York Times, USA

    Alex MacCallum is an assistant editor at The New York Times, a position she has held since...

  • Robert M. McDowell
    Partner, Wiley Rein LLP, USA

    Mr. McDowell, former commissioner and senior member of the Federal Communications Commission (...

  • Amy Mitchell
    Director of Journalism Research, Pew Research Center, USA

    Amy Mitchell is director of journalism research for the Pew Research Center. She is responsible...

  • Andrew Nachison
    Founder, We Media

    Andrew Nachison is a writer, journalist, digital media analyst, strategist, futurist,...

  • Raju Narisetti
    Senior Vice President & Deputy Head of Strategy, News Corp, USA

    A digital media executive with a measurable track record in creating, rethinking and managing...

  • Tom Negrete
    Director of Innovation and News Operations for The Sacramento Bee, USA

    Tom Negrete  has been focused on moving The Sacramento Bee toward personalization and...

  • Bill Nichols
    Editor-at-Large, POLITICO, USA

    Bill Nichols is POLITICO's Editor-at-Large and has played a senior role with the publication...

  • Miriam Grut Norrby
    Investment Manager, Schibsted Growth, Schibsted Media Group, Sweden

    Miriam Grut Norrby joined Schibsted in 2012 as an Investment Manager at ...

  • Anders Nyland
    Editor-in-Chief, Bergensavisen, Norway

    Anders Nyland (born 1975) has served as Editor-in-Chief of the Bergensavisen (Bergen City...

  • Oluwatoyosi Ogunseye
    Editor, Sunday Punch, Nigeria

    Oluwatoyosi Ogunseye has over 10 years experience as an investigative journalist on different...

  • Dickens Olewe
    JSK Journalism Fellow, Stanford University and founder, African skyCAM, Kenya

    Dickens Olewe is a Kenyan journalist. He was the Digital Content Manager at the Star...

  • Robert Picard
    Director of Research, Reuters Institute, Oxford University, UK

    Professor Robert G Picard is a world-leading specialist on media economics and government media...

  • Don Podesta
    Manager and Editor, Center for International Media Assistance, National Endowment for Democracy, USA

    Don Podesta is the manager and editor at the Center for International Media Assistance at the...

  • Julie Posetti
    Research Fellow, WAN-IFRA/Journalism Lecturer, University of Wollongong, Australia

    Julie Posetti is an award-winning Australian journalist and academic. A former news editor...

  • Shailesh Prakash
    Chief Information Officer, The Washington Post, USA

    Shailesh Prakash is the Chief Information Officer of the The Washington Post. He is a member of...

  • Jennifer Preston
    VP for Journalism, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, USA

    Jennifer Preston joined Knight Foundation in October 2014.

    Previously, Preston was an...

  • Leo Prieto
    Founder, FayerWayer, Betazeta Networks, Aardvark Labs, and ImageMaker Studios, Chile

    Leo Prieto pioneered the internet industry in Latin America with...

  • Courtney C. Radsch
    Advocacy Director, CPJ Committee to Protect Journalists

    Courtney C. Radsch, PhD, is a free expression advocate who works at the nexus of media, activism...

  • Lee Rainie
    Director internet, science and technology, Pew Research Center, USA

    Lee Rainie is the director of internet, science and technology research at the Pew Research...

  • Gilles Raymond
    CEO, News Republic, USA

    Gilles Raymond is the CEO & Founder of News Republic, publisher of news application for...

  • Marcelo Rech
    Editorial Vice President, RBS Group, Brazil

    Marcelo Rech, 55, President of the World Editors Forum, is the first Editorial...

  • Maria A. Ressa
    CEO and Executive Editor, Rappler, Philippines

    Maria A. Ressa is the CEO and Executive Editor of Rappler, a social news network which uses a...

  • Henk Rijks
    Digital Strategy Director, Made.For.Digital, Netherlands

    Henk Rijks works as Digital Strategy Director, based in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. He has...

  • James G. Robinson
    Director of Analytics Innovation, The New York Times, USA
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  • Tom Rosenstiel
    Executive Director, The American Press Institute, USA

    An author, journalist, researcher and media critic, Tom Rosenstiel is one of the nation's most...

  • Carolina Rossini
    Vice President for International Policy and Strategy, Public Knowledge, Brazil

    She is a Brazilian lawyer with 15 years of experience in Internet and intellectual property law...

  • Gerald Ryle
    Director, International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, USA

    Gerard Ryle is the director of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (...

  • Vivian Salama
    Baghdad bureau chief for The Associated Press, USA

    Vivian Salama is Baghdad bureau chief for The Associated Press. For more than a decade, Salama...

  • Javier Fernández-Samaniego
    Managing Partner of Bird & Bird LLP, Spain

    Javier is Managing Partner of Bird & Bird LLP office in Madrid and Head of the Information...

  • Vivian Schiller
    Media Executive, USA

    Vivian Schiller is a media and technology executive with over 25 years of...

  • Josh Schwartz
    Chief Data Scientist, Chartbeat, USA

    Josh Schwartz is Chief Data Scientist at Chartbeat, where he develops infrastructure and...

  • Juan Señor
    Partner, Innovation International Media Consulting Group, UK

    Juan Señor is a Partner at Innovation Media Consulting Group based in London. He is also a...

  • Thomas A. Shannon, Jr.
    Counselor of the Department

    Thomas A. Shannon, Jr., was appointed Counselor of the Department by Secretary Kerry on December...

  • Ben Shaw
    Director, Global Advisory, WAN-IFRA, Germany

    Ben joins WAN-IFRA's team to strengthen its mission of being the knowledge hub for the news...

  • J. Tom Shaw
    Chief Digital Officer, Shaw Media, USA

    In 1998 Tom started in radio as an advertising account executive in Colorado...

  • Tanya Sichynsky
    Social Media Editor, USA TODAY Sports, USA
    Tanya Sichynsky is a Social Media Editor at USA TODAY Sports. Prior to...
  • Thomas A. Silvestri
    President and Publisher, Richmond Times-Dispatch - Vice President, Richmond Group, BH Media Group - USA

    In June 2012, BH Media Group named Tom to its leadership team as the vice president of its new...

  • Paul Smurl
    COO and President, Some Spider LLC, USA

    Paul Smurl joined Some Spider in May 2015. The Start-Up is launching and operating...

  • Ray Soto
    Creative Lead and Game Developer, Gannett, USA
  • Lockhart Steele
    Editorial Director, Vox Media, USA

    Lockhart Steele is the editorial director of Vox Media, overseeing editorial content across all...

  • Remco Steen
    Head of Programmatic Trading TMG, Netherlands

    Remco has 9 years experience in programmatic trading & ad exchanges. He worked for...

  • Jon Steinberg
    CEO, North America, USA

    Jon Steinberg is the Chief Executive Officer of North America. is...

  • Eamonn Store
    CEO, Guardian US, USA
    Eamonn Store joined Guardian US as CEO in September 2014. Previously he was President, Agency...
  • Tamás Szépvölgyi
    CEO, Sanoma Mobile Development Centre Ltd, Hungary

    Sanoma’s Mobile Development Centre was established four years ago to replicate and reuse...

  • Sorosh Tavakoli
    Senior Vice-President, Ooyala, USA

    As Senior Vice-President for Adtech, Sorosh Tavakoli oversees all of Ooyala’s advertising...

  • Charles D. Tobin
    Partner, Holland & Knight's, USA

    Chuck Tobin is a partner in Holland & Knight's Washington, D.C., office, and he chairs the...

  • Claire Wardle
    Research Director, Tow Center for Digital Journalism, Columbia University, USA

    Claire Wardle is the Research Director at the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at...

  • Aidan White
    Director, The Ethical Journalism Network

    Aidan White is a journalist. He is Director of the Ethical Journalism Network, a global campaign...

  • Brad White
    Director of Global Media Affairs at ICANN, USA
    • Creator of pro-active international media relations and public affairs strategies...
  • Troy Young
    President, Hearst Magazines Digital Media, USA

    Troy Young is president of Hearst Magazines Digital Media. In this position, Young oversees the...

  • Zaffar Abbas
    Editor, Dawn, Pakistan

    Zaffar Abbas is the Editor of Dawn, Pakistan's oldest and most prestigious English language...

Further Information


67th World News Media Congress

The World News Media Congress addresses the management and business issues facing news media and examines emerging new business models and revenue streams.

Highlight sessions include:

The New York Times Innovation Report —
the Next Chapter
The New York Times Innovation Report, produced by an internal newsroom team and published in May 2014, identified major issues and challenges facing the newspaper. After reading it, many news publishers around the world evaluated their own newsrooms. So what’s happened since publication? Has The New York Times followed its own advice?


Positive signals from top U.S. publishers
American newspapers were the first to face digital transformation and there are many lessons to be learned from their experience of managing it.
This panel will share the experiences of top CEO’s from leading media houses, talking about what went well as well as what went wrong. What opportunities do they see now?


22nd World Editors Forum

The editorial stream of the Congress unpacks the big challenges facing editors, newsroom managers and journalists. It focuses on new initiatives, trends and solutions but also some of the heavyweight issues of concern to editors, including challenges to press freedom, the safety of journalists and sustainability.

Highlight session:

Storytelling rebooted
Highlighting the pioneers using algorithms, explanatory journalism and new formats for enhanced storytelling.
  • Jennifer Preston (Moderator), Vice President, Journalism, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, USA
  • Emily Banks, Lead News Editor for Mobile Content, The Wall Street Journal, USA
  • Melissa Bell, Senior Product Manager and Executive Editor,, USA
  • Lou Ferrara, Vice President for Sports, Business, Interactive and Entertainment News, The Associated Press, USA
  • Ulrik Haagerup, Executive Director of News, Danish Broadcasting Corp, Denmark

25th World Advertising Forum

The World Advertising Forum is the annual venue for publishers and advertising executives to discuss successful strategies for increasing advertising revenues from both digital and print – and to learn how to show advertisers the full value of your audience.

Digesting Programmatic and its Impact on Sales Teams

Programmatic ad buying has changed online advertising profoundly, and nowhere has the impact been greater than on advertising sales teams and human resources in news media companies. Does it allow sales teams to focus on more important matters, such as improving creativity and storytelling to accomplish the goals of a campaign? Does it affect sales prices?

  • Alanna Gombert, CEO, Gombert Consulting, USA
  • Marcel Udo, Director Automated Trading, Telegraaf Media Groep, Netherlands
  • Robert Johansson, Head of RTB and Programmatic, Schibsted, Sweden



The Congress will take place at the Washington Hilton Hotel. Please use the link below to benefit from special WAN-IFRA room rates:


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Date and Location

  • 01 Jun 2015 - 03 Jun 2015
    Washington, D.C.

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