March 22-25: World Newspaper Congress, Hyderabad

World Association of Newspapers (WAN) is going to organise 62nd World Newspaper Congress at Hyderabad , India between March 22-25 ,2009. The 2009 summit meetings of the world’s press take place in the world’s biggest democracy, where the press is not only free and fiercely independent – but undergoing extraordinary growth.

India now ranks internationally as the second largest press market, after China, with almost 99 million copies sold daily – an increase in circulation of 36 % over the past five years. Well over 200 million people read newspapers every day and 19 of the world’s top 100 selling titles are to be found in the country.

While newspapers profit from the extraordinary appetite of Indians for print publications, they are by no means lagging behind in the development of multi-media platforms and many exciting and innovative digital strategies are emerging.

As newspapers all over the world continue to develop the exploitation of their content through digital media, WAN has decided to again focus on the dual challenge facing press companies everywhere: maintaining and expanding their core, print products, while seizing all available opportunities to extend their brands, audience and revenues through the new distribution platforms.

The leitmotiv of the 2009 World Newspaper Congress will again be ‘Newspapers: A Multi-Media, Growth Business’, as presentations and discussions examine the strategies which are showing success at leading news enterprises world-wide. As each year, the conference will also provide a unique panorama of trends and innovations in the industry and an unmatched opportunity to meet and network with colleagues from every culture, region and market. The 2008 events in Sweden were attended by a record 1,800 participants from 113 countries – and India is planning to beat that!
We recognize that this may well be the first opportunity for many participants to discover this extraordinary country. In order to facilitate your plans to explore India, we are this year offering a rich selection of tours both before and after the Congress (details elsewhere in this brochure).

And Hyderabad? India’s fifth biggest city, 400-years-old, it has in three consecutive years been elected the ‘greenest and cleanest’ in the country. A fast-growing hub for the IT, Biotech and Pharmaceutical industries, it is now considered to be the conference capital of India, boasting a state-of-the-art convention centre, where the WAN events will take place. Thanks to a brand-new international airport, Hyderabad is also easy to get to, with direct flights from several continents.

Who is the Congress for?

The Congress is a ‘total’ newspaper event bringing together publishers, chief executives, managing directors, editors – and the most ambitious managers from all levels of the industry. Suppliers of services to newspapers are very welcome, whether as exhibitors or participants.

Business Session Themes

Senior executives from a wide range of newspaper companies will present case studies which explore the numerous issues which arise from fact that Newspapers are a Multi-Media, Growth Business:

o What are the best strategies for a growing audience,
in print and online?

o What are the best strategies for increasing both print and digital advertising – and what growth can be expected? What management, infrastructure and processes are necessary to sell advertising for a portfolio of products, as opposed to a single newspaper title?

o How can the new reach attained by newspapers through their combined print & digital operations be monetized? Many newspapers dominate their print and digital markets – how can they turn this into better profit?

o Newspapers are the Content Kings! How can the unique content gathered by newspapers, which have the strongest journalistic teams in any media, be exploited through the full range of new distribution channels? And, vitally, what can be sold and what has to be free?

o Can and should newspaper brands be integrated in the digital world or should we expect disaggregation?

o What changes are underway to better measure combined print and digital reach? What is audience aggregation and how does a newspaper build its product portfolio?

o What are some of the winning new products and acquisitions that successful newspapers have added in recent times?

o The search engines: friend or foe? Is the continued growth and diversification of the big search companies an opportunity for newspapers, through partnerships for example, or a long-term threat to their revenues?


Sunday 22 March :

9h30 – 12h30

The Annual Press Freedom Round Table

The Annual Digital Media Round Table

The Annual Young Reader Round Table

(open to all participants)

Welcome Reception

Monday 23 March :

All Congress sessions take place at the Hyderabad International Convention Centre

10h00 – 12h00
Opening Ceremony

Welcome addresses by:

Pratap Pawar, President, Indian Newspaper Society

Manmohen Singh, Prime Minister of India

Gavin O’Reilly, President, World Association of Newspapers

Presentation of the 2009 WAN Golden Pen of Freedom
by Xavier Vidal-Folch, President, World Editors Forum

12h00 – 13h45
Opening of Info Services Expo 2009 & Lunch

14h00 – 14h40
World Trends in the Newspaper Industry:
An Update
Timothy Balding, Chief Executive Officer, WAN
(Joint session with the World Editors Forum)

14h45 – 18h00
First Session
Newspapers: A Multi-Media, Growth Business

Dinner and entertainment at the
Boulder Hills Golf Course

Tuesday 24 March :

8h45 – 10h15
Second Session
Shaping the Future of the Newspaper
Presentation of the best from the 2009 strategy reports of WAN’s major SFN research project, analyzing developments and opportunities in the press industry.

10h45 – 12h30
Third Session
Newspapers: A Multi-Media, Growth Business

12h30 – 14h00

14h00 – 17h00
Fourth Session
Newspapers: A Multi-Media, Growth Business

Evening free

Wednesday 25 March :

8h00 – 10h30
Fifth Session
Newspapers: A Multi-Media, Growth Business

10h45 – 12h00
Sixth Session
2008 Global Report on Innovations in Newspapers by the Innovation International Media Consulting Group
(Joint session with the World Editors Forum)

12h00 – 13h00
WAN Annual General Meeting
(open to all participants)

13h00 – 14h00

14h00 – 16h00
Seventh Session
Newspapers: A Multi-Media, Growth Business

Gala dinner and entertainment at the Chowmohalla Palace

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