Facebook’s Director of Global News Partnerships, Andy Mitchell and Google’s President of Global Partnerships, Daniel Alegre have joined the programme of the upcoming World News Media Congress to be held in Cartagena de Indias, Colombia, from 12-14 June 2016.
With the relationships between publishers and third-party platforms high on the event agenda, the task will fall to Jeff Jarvis, professor of journalism and director of the Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism at the City University of New York (CUNY), and Ben Shaw, WAN-IFRA’s Global Advisory director to engage the Facebook and Google executives in separate ‘fireside-chats’ about the pressing issues from distributed content to legal actions in Europe and problems in digital advertising.
Publishers too will have their say. In a session on Third Party Distributors and the Battle for Your Audience, Professor Gabriel Kahn from USC Annenberg, whose expertise is in changing media, will lead a panel discussion including Andiara Petterle, Vice President Newspapers and Digital Media, RBS Group, Brazil; Emilio Garcia-Ruiz, Managing Editor for Digital, The Washington Post, USA; Veit V.Dengler, CEO NZZ Mediengruppe, Switzerland and Jarvis.
Liz Heron, Executive Editor of the Huffington Post, who has the unique distinction of having worked at Facebook, The Wall Street Journal, Washington Post and The New York Times, will explain her approach to third party platforms when discussing Video and Engagement at the Huffington Post.
Participants from over 60 countries have registered for this year’s event, which takes place at the Unesco World Heritage site of Cartagena, a colourful city on the Caribbean coast, rich with history, including as a major trading port and one of just two cities in the region authorised to receive slaves from Africa.
The World News Media Congress is the global summit meeting of the world’s newspapers and news publishers, organised for more than six decades by the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers, WAN-IFRA.
More than 800 publishers, CEOs, managing directors, chief editors, newsroom managers, advertising executives and other senior news media executives from around the world are expected in Cartagena for the events, organised this year in cooperation with Andiarios, the Colombian Association of Editors of Daily Newspapers and News Media.
The World News Media Congress also offers an array of workshops and other resources, including a workshop on Virtual Reality, a Press Freedom roundtable on Reporting Conflict and Peace and the 2nd World Media Policy Forum. The Small and Mid-Sized Publisher’s Annual Meeting takes place on Sunday 12 June.