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World Association of Newspapers (WAN) – Expo Opens in Vienna


THE Global Newspaper Publishing Association

WAN – IFRA, the global organisation of the world’s press, representing more than 18,000 publications, 15,000 online sites and over 3,000 companies in more than 120 countries (phew! Lot of interesting info here :)) … opened its 41st newspaper publishing Expo in Vienna today.

And as might be expected, DIGITAL, with all its opportunities and challenges, will be front and center and consume many presentations RE publishing news to tablets and mobile devices thru apps.

IFRA Expo 2011 drew 306 exhibitors from 30 countries … 

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World newspaper publishing expo opens in Vienna

VIENNA: The trade exhibition for the newspaper publishing industry opened in Vienna on Monday, 10 October 2011 and provided an illustration of how the news industry is rapidly evolving. IFRA Expo 2011 drew 306 exhibitors from 30 countries including printing press manufacturers, editorial and advertising system providers and other suppliers to the newspaper industry.
Some 10,000 visitors from more than 90 countries are expected to attend the three-day expo, which covers nearly 11,000 square metres of space at the Reed Messe Wien Exhibition Centre.

“It’s safe to say we all arrive here at a particularly crucial moment for our industry. Expo has always served as a platform for innovation and an exchange of ideas among colleagues from all over the world – even with competitors,” said Jacob Mathew, president of the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA), the organiser of the expo.

“This expo also reflects how our industry is changing,” he said. “There are nearly 50 first-time exhibitors. As you might expect, many are from the digital arena, thanks to the continued developments in tablets, mobile services and applications, and paid content services. But look for some major announcements this week in print, even new press formats being introduced, major orders being signed, and the continued march towards automation.”

New media impact on news industry

Hans Gasser, president of the Austrian Newspaper Associations, also addressed the impact of new media platforms on the news industry.

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World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN)

WAN is the host of the World Newspaper Congress, which meets every year or bi-yearly (after some research I’m still confused on schedule for this event)…The purpose of the Newspaper Congress being to bring all worldwide news media members together to discuss present and foreseeable news production problems and solutions…resulting in a more free press.

WAN’s vision is “to be the indispensable partner of newspapers and the entire news publishing industry worldwide, particularly our members, in the defense and promotion of press freedom, quality journalism and editorial integrity and the development of prosperous businesses and technology.”

WAN CEO, Christoph Riess, recently visited Viktor Yanukovych, the president of Ukraine, who is lobbying for the 2012 World Newspaper Congress to be held in the city of Kyiv.

If selected, the Newspaper Congress will coincide with the the 2012 UEFA European Football Championship, commonly referred to as Euro 2012, also being held in Kyiv.

But, beyond this tidbit of coincidence…and much more important…is the fact that the event could spell the solidification and recognition of a more democratic and free press state for the Ukraine.

This report from Yhiah Information Agency:

Yanukovych meets CEO of World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers

President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych met with Christoph Riess, Chief Executive Officer of the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN), according to the Press office of President Viktor Yanukovych.

Welcoming the guest in Ukraine, the President reiterated his earlier invitation to the WAN to hold the World Newspaper Congress in Kyiv in 2012. “It is important that it was held in Kyiv,” Viktor Yanukovych said. He reminded that in 2012 Ukraine will be hosting the finals of EURO 2012, therefore all the necessary hotel, transport and exhibition infrastructure will be ready.

“Conducting this very important forum in Kyiv will be the evidence that the state is attractive for free journalists and media,” he said.

Viktor Yanukovych stressed the importance of development of the information market for Ukraine. “It is also the path of democracy and freedom development. For Ukraine, it is its establishment as a democratic state,” he said. The President said the Ukrainian side is interested in any investments in this direction.

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