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Asian news media enterprises embark on a five-month transformation programme

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Asian news media enterprises embark on a five-month transformation programme

Amid a Covid-19 pandemic that has crippled global economies and is threatening the future of the media industry, 10 news media groups from six Asian cities are embarking on WAN-IFRA’s inaugural Newsroom and Business Transformation 2020 programme. They include:

1.       Bangkok Post

2.       Bisnis Indonesia

3.       Kompas Media Nusantara

4.       Philippine Daily Inquirer

5.       Sin Chew Media Corporation

6.       Singapore Press Holdings

7.       The Edge Communications Sdn Bhd

8.       The Jakarta Post

9.       The Manila Bulletin

10.     United Daily News

This first-of-its-kind programme for Asian news organisations brings together one senior editorial and one senior commercial executive from each publisher for five months of training and coaching to equip them with the insights, know-how and tools to execute a transformation strategy in their organisations. The curriculum covers Journalism, Operations, Design Thinking, Organisational Culture and Audience Engagement.

“Our goal is to help Asian media companies become agile and responsive to the changing consumer needs in the digital age. With the close guidance and mentorship from experts, the programme will accelerate the transformation process and equip the media companies with the skills needed to navigate the increasingly complex media landscape,” said Thomas Jacob, COO of WAN-IFRA.

“We recognise that news organisations are under pressure to transform and build thriving digital publishing businesses and this is even more complex with the additional challenges during Covid-19. We hope that through our partnership with WAN-IFRA, the Newsroom and Business Transformation Asia 2020 program will assist newsroom leaders with business transformation while continuing to produce important, meaningful journalism that serves and informs our region,” said Anjali Kapoor, Director of News Partnerships, Facebook Asia Pacific.

Participants, whose job titles include COO, VP of Convergence, GM of Marketing, Editor-in-Chief, Executive Editor and Deputy Editor-in-Chief,  will now meet online every fortnight from June to October 2020 for lectures by the programme leads, talks by guest speakers, group sharing and brainstorming sessions.

Well-known media consultant and researcher Grzegorz Piechota and 28-year news veteran and former Managing Editor of The Times of London, George Brock, helm the programme, while global digital creative business school Hyper Island will teach the Design Thinking modules.

“This ambitious programme, which is made possible by the Facebook Journalism Project, was originally designed to begin in March 2020 and take place in four cities over six months. However, since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, we have worked with the coaches to revise it with the additional urgent needs of the news industry in mind: how to lead during the crisis, accelerate digital transformation, diversify revenue sources and adopt agile work methods,” said Mr Jacob.


WAN-IFRA is the World Association of News Publishers, which is headquartered in Paris and Frankfurt. It is the global organisation of the world’s press. It derives its authority from its global network of 3,000 news publishing companies and technology entrepreneurs, and its legitimacy from its 60 member publisher associations representing 18,000 publications in 120 countries. Since its foundation in 1948, WAN-IFRA has been committed to fostering international business cooperation among publishers; sharing best practices in both business and technology; working as a representative trade body to elaborate and advance quality standards in the production workflow and business value chain; and engage with public authorities, institutions, and other trade bodies. Every year, 9,000 executives working in 3,500 news organisations, technology enterprises and trade bodies use WAN-IFRA services.


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2020-05-29 12:20

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