World Editors Forum

No other global organisation provides the platform and opportunities for exchange and debate on these fundamental professional issues:

– Newsroom management and budgeting skills

– Technological change and its impact on journalism

– Management, selection and motivation of staff

– The role of editors in marketing their newspapers

– The application of readership research

– Design and graphics

– Publishing strategy

– Journalistic ethics and threats to press freedom
Why was it formed?

The editing profession has undergone profound change in recent years. Technological, economical and sociological developments have radically changed the business of editing newspapers. The media environment has evolved beyond recognition; the organisation and management of editorial departments and services has undergone a revolution; competition for reader loyalty and attention has become ever more intensive; the design and content of the newspaper itself has changed dramatically.

Technological breakthroughs continue to change not only the way newspapers are organised but how they relate to their readers and even the means by which they bring them the news.

At the same time, editors increasingly need new management, financial, budgeting and human resources skills to perform effectively as managers in a changing environment.

It has never, perhaps, been so difficult for editors to decide how best they can continue to balance their traditional role of serving their communities, with the need to survive and grow under fierce new economic and competitive pressures.

Set against this background, the ethical and political role of the press is constantly being called into question, requiring editors to be ever vigilant and vocal in their defence of the freedom of the press.

This is why dialogue among newspaper professionals is essential.

WAN Activity Report, June 2001-May 2002

This activity report will give a broad picture of the activities undertaken over the second year of the plan in pursuit of these objectives.To promote the development of free and independent press globally WAN has continued and intensified its day-to-day mission of protesting the jailing and murder of journalists and the censorship, suspension and banning of newspapers and magazines world-wide. Even the most repressive governments have been seen to bend under the pressure and publicity that we and other organisations can give to their crimes.

We have organized more than 250 protest campaigns, directed at over 50 countries, through petitions, letters, complaints to inter-governmental organisations, editorial exposure, and diplomatic pressure from our own governments. One such campaign, where WAN used all the means and influence at its disposition, led in July 2001 to the release of San San Nweh, the joint 2001 WAN Golden Pen laureate, from her prison in Burma.

In September 2001, WAN brought together more than 240 publishers, journalists and free press advocates from 25 countries in Bilbao, Spain, for a conference to examine attacks on the media by Basque terrorists. The conference followed the visit to Madrid and the Basque country by a WAN mission to investigate reports of an alarming increase in pressure, threats, intimidation and attacks on media by the ETA group. The Bilbao conference condemned ‘without reservation’ the ‘outrageous and cowardly’ attacks and expressed ‘total solidarity with journalists and media in the Basque country in their dangerous and courageous work’. Participants called on all political parties to denounce all forms of violence against the media.


campaigns vigorously against press freedom violations and obstacles ;

– helps newspapers in developing countries, through training and other co-operation projects ;

– channels legal, material and humanitarian aid to victimized publishers and journalists.

Through its Training & Events Division, the World Association of Newspapers :

– helps newspapers to increase readership and sustain and increase advertising and other revenues through study tours, seminars, publications and so on ;

Through the World Editors Forum, the World Association of Newspapers :

– provides opportunities for senior news executives to exchange ideas and information about the business of editing newspapers.

Through The Fund for Press Freedom Development, the World Association of Newspapers :

– promotes the growth of free and independent newspapers in developing countries through training and other forms of assistance.

Through its Newspapers in Education programme, the World Association of Newspapers :

– organises international co-operation to encourage the culture of reading newspapers through the establishment and development of NIE activity world-wide.

The World Association of Newspapers has formal consultative status to represent the newspaper industry at UNESCO, the United Nations and the Council of Europe.


Founded in 1948, the World Association of Newspapers groups 71 national newspaper associations, individual newspaper executives in 100 nations, 13 news agencies, and nine regional press organisations. It is a non-profit, non-government organisation.

In all, the Association represents more than 18,000 publications on the five continents.

The World Association of Newspapers has three major objectives :

– Defending and promoting press freedom and the economic independence of newspapers as an essential condition for that freedom ;

– Contributing to the development of newspaper publishing by fostering communications and contacts between newspaper executives from different regions and cultures ;

– Promoting co-operation between its member organisations, whether national, regional or worldwide.

In pursuit of these objectives, the World Association of Newspapers notably :

– represents the newspaper industry in all international discussions on media issues, to defend both press freedom and the professional and business interests of the press ;

– promotes a world-wide exchange of information and ideas on producing better and more profitable newspapers ;

– opposes restrictions of all kinds on the free flow of information, on the circulation of newspapers and on advertising ;

Getting Down To Basics with Phones

Choosing an Office Telephone System When the civilization of humans begun many thousands of years ago, communication has been a key factor in connecting people together by creating relationships through understanding, which has also paved the way for the improvement and development of better communities and societies. Likewise in any kind of business no matter what the size is, effective communication is vital for it to even begin, grow, and expand, especially today where communication technology has been improved so much from the last decades to help people and their businesses by simplifying the usual mountains of tasks associated with every day work. In terms of communication, both modern and old, the telephone will probably always keep its place as the most important device for communication, as it has been continuously improved and applied in probably hundreds to thousands of technological products over just a couple of decades. Since its invention centuries ago, the telephone system has changed the world of telecommunications permanently, and one could probably not imagine how our lives would be like today if it was never invented. Its existence provided the possibility of actually being able to talk to someone on a farther location, which was truly such an upgrade from the classic letter writing that takes days to reach the recipient. In the modern world today, the use of telephone programs has been employed in countless modern devices , and has even been integrated with the widely used internet system to allow easier and faster access to its users, while also improving coverage. Whatever the business may be, telephone systems play a vital role in maintaining customer interaction and relationships, which are important in addressing service or product issues to improve the business and help bring it towards success through a continuous growth and consistently satisfied customers. In bigger companies, office phone system setups are often centralized and are integrated with internet functions for better management and easier use, like the IP phone or VoIP phone, which are often used with traditional telephones, and can cut off so much savings from just using conventional telephones.
The Art of Mastering Services
IP phones are very useful in contact centers where representatives are assigned stations with computers that are complete with tools, softwares, and soft phones that makes their daily tasks easier so they can accommodate more customers and maximize their productivity. When using this types of telephone system, it is also easier for administrators and managers to monitor all incoming and outgoing calls within the company in just one platform, which is very helpful in analysing call statistics with detailed information so each employee’s call handling can be managed as needed.
A Simple Plan: Telephones
IP phone systems and other integrated functions can be best given by experienced professionals from telecom companies that have the expertise for bigger businesses, as the efficiency of communication is one thing that can affect the success of a business significantly.