World News Media Congress 2019

World News Media Congress 2019

01 Jun 2019 to 03 Jun 2019
United Kingdom

26th World Editors Forum, 3rd Women in News Summit




newsbrands. audiences. and the gap between.

 The World News Media Congress is a unique gathering of chief editors, publishers and CEO´s, passionate about media freedom and taking action to ensure a sustainable news industry.

Join us in Glasgow for the 71st World News Media Congress  (WNMC.19) we will look at the many ways to reconnect our newsbrands with the people that will influence future societies.

WNMC.19, incorporating the one-of-a-kind Women in News Summit, and the World Editors Forum is of value to every news professional seeking to better understand and address the unprecedented forces at work at this time.

The Congress is a vital forum for discussions - on the future of news, press freedom and issues facing our society and its citizens.



  • Director, Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, UK
  • Director of Audience Engagement, Dagens Næringsliv, Norway
  • Executive Editor, The Washington Post
  • President, Local Media Association, USA
  • CEO at Civil Media Foundation, USA
  • Director of Newsroom Product, Washington Post, USA
  • Chief Content Officer, Culture Trip
  • CEO and Executive Editor, Rappler, Philippines
  • Sinead Boucher
    CEO, Stuff, Fairfax Media New Zealand
  • SVP/Head of Consumer Products, USA TODAY NETWORK, USA
  • Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Singapore Press Holdings Ltd.
  • Community and Product Operations Manager, News Deeply; Adjunct Professor, New York University, USA
  • Editor-in-Chief and Responsible Editor, Expressen, Sweden
  • Chair of Court, Heriot-Watt University, UK
  • Creator and Presenter, Outside Source, BBC, UK
  • Editor in Chief, Director of Content, Brunswick News, Canada
  • Professor of Professional Practice and Director Knight-Bagehot Fellowship in Economics and Business Journalism, Columbia University, USA

WNMC.19 at a glance

Everyting you need to know about the upcoming WNMC.19: download our information brochure here.

8 reasons why you should attend:

•    celebrate. women in news. tomorrow’s leaders, digital trailblazers
•    salute. press freedom champions
•    gather. strategic business intelligence and emerging trends
•    focus. on the future
•    build. grow a network of peers, market leaders
and experts
•    contribute. add your voice to critical industry debates
•    protect. quality journalism
•    take-home. practical ideas to emulate


Reader Revenue Study Tour (3-5 June)

Following an energising World News Media Congress, take the opportunity to go deeper and visit the top publishing houses in the UK and discuss with the decision-makers their blueprints for growing audiences through the logged-in economy. Dive in here.


Congress Blog: What's Trending?

Getting to grips with challenges facing niche reporters

In 2019, specialist reporters will face an added responsibility in upholding trust and standards, writes Fergus Bell in an excerpt from a new report, Science in the Newsroom. Read more



Digital revenue models expanding across Europe, North America

As income from advertising has dwindled, more publishers are increasing their efforts to boost revenues from readers. The past year saw several high-profile publications putting content behind paywalls: Wired, The New Statesman, Vanity Fair, New York magazine and Bloomberg all announced paid-content initiatives, and BuzzFeed started a quasi-membership programme for readers at $5/month. Read more


New report: A practical approach to blockchain in publishing

Demystifying blockchain – is that possible? WAN-IFRA just published a new report on the topic, in cooperation with Arcada University in Finland, that doesn’t set out to unravel all the complexities surrounding blockchain, but practically examine how the technology could be applied to news media. Read more


World’s Press Condemns Police Raids on Nicaraguan Media Outlet Confidencial

The World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA) and the World Editors Forum (WEF) have condemned raids on the headquarters of Nicaraguan digital media outlet Confidencial, its television programs ‘Esta Semana’ and ‘Esta Noche’, as well as police attacks against director, Carlos Fernando Chamorro, and his team. Read more


Why Glasgow?

Glasgow is a significant center for journalism: it is Scotland’s most important location for broadcasting, media, digital and the creative industries, and is home to the headquarters of BBC Scotland, STV and major press titles including The Herald, The Daily Record, The Scottish Sun and Scottish Daily Mail.
Scottish Newspaper Society director and former Scotsman Publications editor-in-chief John McLellan said: "We are thrilled to be able to stage the 2019 World News Media Congress and are confident delegates will find Glasgow and Scotland an appropriately stunning and stimulating host.
"Scotland is steeped in the finest traditions of freedom of expression but also of media innovation -- after all, television and the telephone were both invented by Scots -- and is home to one world’s most competitive and vibrant news markets.”


Wrap-up video from 2018

World News Media Congress 2018: Have a look at the event with this video and check our event coverage. #WNC18 was three days of ideas, strategies and inspiration – with deep insights on news media transformation. You can also find all the photos here.