Category Archives: WAN 2007

Links from WAN conference

WAN: Is web 2.0 putting the ‘new’ in news? Where does Richard Sambrook, head of BBC Global News, get his news about web 2.0 and online developments? Not from his own British Broadcasting Corporation, but from his mates on Facebook. Meetings of World’s Press Ends With Look Toward the Future. The 60th World Newspaper Congress, […]

Interesting people at WAN, part 2

Following on from Part One… Fabricio Altamirano & Eduardo Torres – the charming guys from El Diario de Hoy, the El Salvador online publication with 85-million page impressions. I know now that el Salvador has about eight million people, is about the size of Massachusetts, and the Republicans are in power with the Marxists in […]

Lessons from WAN

Online people dress better than print people President Thabo Mbeki is a covert blogger The deputy president makes long speeches and is not afraid to get inbetween 1600 delegates and their food You can brush your hair with a fork Gavin O’Reilly is Irish Swedish people can’t dance, neither can journalists Even though bloggers can’t […]

Google slammed, Google praised at newspaper conference

Eamonn Byrne from the World Association of newspapers asked the panel at the last session of this congress: Is partnering with a search engine a good idea? The media industry have two main issues with Google. (1) They believe that Google is unfairly using and profiting off publisher’s content. Hence the arrival of the Automated […]

Online news will supplant TV as leading source

According to a World Association of Newspapers poll online news will supplant television network news as the leading news source over the next five years. The Harris Poll also says but newspapers will remain a vital source on their own, and can become dominant if they successfully integrate online delivery as a part of what […]

20 ways to improve your news site

At WAN, the speaker put up a slide of “20 ways to improve your newspaper’s website”. Some of them are pretty obvious, but here they are none-the-less (fill in the gaps). Focus on local content and news Stress immediacy User generated content User comments User rankings and networking on your site Embrace RSS (um, show […]

WAN Links: User generated content, future of the newspaper & Zapiro on Zuma

New Strategic Reports From Shaping the Future of the Newspaper. Five new strategy reports on some of the most important recent developments in the newspaper industry globally — increasing digital revenue development, advertising best practices, innovative management systems, newspaper company reorganisation and the power of local focus — have just been published by the World […]

The Dave Duarte Cape Town blogger flash mob

Lastnight Vincent and I took a break from the conference, and hit the Long Street Cafe and met up with a few friends, Cape Town bloggers, and the MyVideo crew. Dave Duarte spontaneously organised a whole crew/flashmob which descended on the Long Street Cafe to to join us, including Uno de Waal who plays some […]

Interesting people I've met at WAN (Part 1)

Rob Jonas – Google Media & Publishing head for EMEA. Tracked him down in the tent after I chaired his session at the Digital Round Table on Sunday. Vincent and I had quite a long chat about Google documents, Google ads (his lips were sealed on commissions) and the other stuff. He resolved to look […]

BBC's Sambrook on Citizen media

Richard Sambrook who is a new media head honcho at the BBC has long been somewhat of an expert in user generated content and citizien journalism in the media context. I often hear intelligent and succint quotes from him in the international media world. So I was happy to see him speak at the WAN […]

Arch Bishop Tutu hits SecondLife, 'The centre of web 2.0'

Adam Pasick is the bureau chief for Reuters in SecondLife, the virtual world that is taking the real world by storm. I could whoop and wail about how amazing and innovative this is. It is unbelievable actually. Pasick showed us his Avatar and showed us the virtual Reuters headquarters island in the game, based on […]

Integrating the online & print news operations

I’ve never liked the word convergence. Integration is much better. Some great speakers spoke on this topic from the New York Times, Sydney Morning Herald (Fairfax) and The Telegraph (UK). This is about the PRODUCTION of news. And why are media companies restructuring the production of news? Well it’s really about the audience — the […]

MySpace? What about all the money going into newspapers?

Gavin O’Reilly, the president for the World Association of Newspapers, said on Tuesday morning in Cape Town, that while there was so much hype about the Myspace acquisition by media mogul Rupert Murdoch, it should be noted that he was also pouring money into the newspaper industry at the same time. So even though “everyone […]

Demise of the newspaper greatly exaggerated

At the World Association of Newspaper’s conference in Cape Town, Anton Harber on journalism.co.za writes that it is “Not all doom and gloom from newspapers”. Negative perceptions of the future of newspapers were challenged by a barrage of figures by Timothy Balding, CEO of the World Association of Newspapers, where he says: Newspapers in developing […]

WAN LINKS: Media profitability, online content quality & media freedom

The 3 keys to media profitability in the 21st century A US executive says three words have led his newspaper company to success That has exceeded wildest expectations – fragmentation, interactivity and accountability. Defining editorial quality in the digital age The quality of print is currently better than online, editors agreed in a panel discussion […]

What editors around the world think

George Brock, the Saturday Times Editor in the UK, gave us an indication of the state of newsrooms around the world. It was based on a poll of 435 editors towards the end of 2006, from all around the world. Only 9% of newspaper publishers didn’t have a website. 5% had a website that attracted […]

Thabo Mbeki, SA president, refers to bloggers

South African President Thabo Mbeki, in a speech about ten minutes ago this morning, referred to the citizen media revolution acknowledging the role of bloggers in South Africa and the world. He referred to bloggers almost interchangeably with journalists in his speech at the WAN conference in Cape Town. This is a newspaper conference mainly […]

Digital media, freedom of the press & the youth

Harnessing the power of digital media — “There have been developments in the citizen media forum, which are posing real competition to traditional media”. How can publishers harness these challenges to be successful in the future media environment? Reporters should be watchdogs not lapdogs. Ensuring press freedom in Africa requires conviction from journalists. This was […]

'Newspapers are partners not enemies'

Trevor Ncube, President of the Newspaper Association of South Africa and CEO of Mail & Guardian in South Africa, delivered an impassioned and brilliant speech calling on African leaders to understand the role that the press plays in society, and particularly on the African continent. He was speaking at the opening of the World Association […]

Cape Town beckons for the WAN conference

At the airport with Riaan Wolmarans, Mail & Guardian Online editor and Bryan Khumalo, our online sales manager. Our online strategist Vincent Maher and his entourage are nowhere to be seen yet (better hurry :-)). We’re on our way to the WAN conference in Cape Town. It’s a pretty big, and important conference — and […]