Kiev to host annual journalism conference

Journalists from across the world will gather in Kiev next month, between 2 and 5 September, to discuss the future of the industry and share ideas for success.

Welcoming hundreds of representatives from the largest global newspaper organisations, the 64th World Newspaper Congress and 19th World Editors Forum, both organised by the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA), will concentrate on how journalism can make it through a difficult period.

‘Living in extremely challenging times is nothing new,’said Ioana Sträter, WAN-IFRA executive director and the event’s organiser. ‘The Congress and World Editors sessions will evaluate the threats, opportunities and possible disruptions lying ahead for the newspaper industry – and identify a series of ‘roadmaps’ to help publishers anticipate change.”

She added: ‘The programme offers a gamut of ideas for newspapers in traditional and emerging markets, speakers are a mix of print evangelists and frenemies, investors and risk takers, start-ups and global players, pioneers and transformers.”

Speakers – including representatives from the Guardian, Telegraph and Times – will discuss how to understand the market, stay innovative, develop business models and leadership skills for the future, and rebuild trust in journalism.

The event will also feature a talk from the Ukrainian president, Viktor Yanukovych.

Sträter said: ‘A thread that links us all is the desire to raise professional standards and to ensure that good journalism is allowed and accessible. This is particularly significant in Ukraine, where serious corruption and related issues limit freedom of expression.”

A number of journalists from Ukraine will be giving talks, including Brian Bonner, editor of the Kyiv Post, an English language newspaper in Ukraine’s capital.

He said: ‘First Euro 2012, and now this – it’s great,’he said. ‘I hope that some of the best minds in the publishing and journalism world help us solve common challenges, like how to be how to fund and pay for journalism.

‘Things are difficult in the Ukraine like they are everywhere else.”

The congress and forum also offer an array of social events, gala dinners and lunches, giving journalists the opportunity to meet colleagues from across the world.

Alongside these events will be the Info Services Expo, which will present solutions from the international suppliers’ community.

Tickets cost 1,190 Euros (£930.35) plus VAT for WAN-IFRA members, and 1,890 Euros (£1,477.60) plus VAT for non-members. UK companies are also being offered the opportunity to save money with three representatives gaining entry for the price of two.

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