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.