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WAN-IFRA and the News Media Alliance Announce Digital Media North America Conference and Awards
May 16, 2017
Frankfurt, Germany and Arlington, VA, USA – The World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA) and the News Media Alliance announced today they will jointly organize the first Digital Media North America conference this fall.
The event will take place from October 18-20, 2017 in New York City. Reuters, the event’s strategic partner, will host the event at its Thomson Reuters Building.
“Collaboration has always been at the heart of WAN-IFRA’s work. A joining of forces between the News Media Alliance’s deep insight of the US news media and WAN-IFRA’s international network and industry knowledge will make this a unique and successful event,” said Vincent Peyrègne, CEO of WAN-IFRA. “North American news media companies have always been at the forefront of innovation and digital transformation in our industry. We’re very much looking forward to including them in our Digital Media Conference series.”
WAN-IFRA’s Digital Media conferences have become a referent in the digital news publishing industry, with more than 1,200 delegates from around the globe attending the Digital Media Europe (DME), Digital Media Asia (DMA), Digital Media LATAM (DML) and Digital Media India (DMI) editions last year. This DMx network of events makes it one of the most relevant international business platforms dedicated to the transformation of the news media industry.
“Our members have massive – and expanding – digital businesses, and they are continually making investments in innovative ways to deliver news through digital media,” stated David Chavern, President & CEO of the News Media Alliance. “This conference reinforces news media’s position as the leading global digital news source for high-quality, investigative journalism.”
In order to identify the challenges and opportunities of an ever-evolving news media landscape, Digital Media North America will explore the most relevant trends and issues affecting the industry, while providing an excellent platform for networking and business development for top media executives. Some of the themes tackled at the conference include new digital revenue streams, third-party distribution platforms, ad-blocking and innovative storytelling, with examples not only from the US and Canada, but also from other parts of the world.
Both companies also announced the call for entries for WAN-IFRA’s North American Digital Media Awards, which will recognize the most groundbreaking digital products that engage readers while growing online business. The winners will be announced during the conference and will be eligible for WAN-IFRA’s World Digital Media Awards.
The News Media Alliance is a nonprofit organization representing nearly 2,000 news organizations and their multiplatform businesses in the United States and Canada. Alliance members include print, digital and mobile publishers of original news content. Headquartered near Washington, D.C., in Arlington, Va., the association focuses on ensuring the future of news media through communication, research, advocacy and innovation. Information about the News Media Alliance (formerly NAA) can be found at www.newsmediaalliance.org.
WAN-IFRA, based in Paris, and Frankfurt, with regional offices in Chennai, Singapore, and Mexico is the global organization of the world’s newspapers and news publishers. It represents more than 18,000 print and online publications and serves over 3,000 member companies in more than 120 countries. Its mission is to defend and promote press freedom, quality journalism and editorial integrity, and help independent news publishing companies to succeed in their transformation process, increase their business, and perform their crucial role in open societies. WAN-IFRA offers its members a broad spectrum of specialized events, publications and research reports. It is also the worldwide platform for ideas, information and experience.
Members of the News Media Alliance staff have contributed to this post.