The World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers, or WAN-IFRA, is the global organisation of the world’s press. Our mission is to defend and promote press freedom, clear the way to innovation and help independent news publishing companies to succeed in their transformation process, increase their business and perform their crucial role in open societies.
While the number of news consumers paying for online content has seen only small increases, François Nel, the director of the Journalism Leaders Programme, says there is still cause for optimism about the future of news publishing.
Covering conflict is often part of the job for journalists, but dealing with the aftermath – one’s own emotional response – can be a challenge. Journalists must practice self-care in order to maintain their mental health while editors can provide resources and support to help them deal with trauma.
The past 10 to 12 years have been tough for many local news publishers: print revenues have fallen; consumers are increasingly fickle; and newsrooms have shrunk. Now, a growing movement called Table Stakes aims to improve the situation by helping publishers to help each other and themselves.
The winners of this year's WAN-IFRA North American Digital Media Awards were announced on the night of June 24 during a special ceremony at the end of the Digital Media North America Conference in New York City.
"We fell in love as teenagers and set out to explore the world. Last month we met again in a courtroom. I was in the audience. He was charged and now risks spending the rest of his life in prison." Helje Solberg, News Director at NRK (Norwegian Broadcasting Cooperation) and former Vice President of World Editors Forum (WEF) on why she is sharing this very personal story now.
The third edition of WAN-IFRA's Digital Media North America Conference brought together international delegates and a high-powered line-up of speakers from leading publications to discuss the growing importance of product in news media companies.
Many journalists see and even experience some kind of trauma, whether they're covering a conflict zone, protests or violent crime, and they can experience anxiety, depression or even PTSD. One of the best ways of coping is to talk about the experiences and the feelings they evoke, but few people do - journalists or their editors. Trauma is considered part of the job; but ignoring it only makes it worse. In this episode we look at moral injury, the kind of trauma journalists can experience, and the symptoms they might exhibit. And how to value their mental health as much their as physical safety.
A new report from WAN-IFRA examines how news media companies in Kenya, South Africa, Uganda, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Egypt, Jordan, Palestine, Colombia, Ecuador and Mexico are experimenting with their revenues and adapting business models to safeguard press freedom.