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More than 150 newsrooms mark World News Day

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More than 150 newsrooms mark World News Day

The image below shows just some of the more than 150 newsrooms and news organisations that have joined the campaign to highlight stories that have made a difference.

Participating newsroomsParticipating newsroomsParticipating newsrooms will use their pages, editorial columns and social media channels on 28 September to show why #JournalismMatters. Some have planned their own events for their audiences and will produce special supplements on journalism that matters.

Two op-ed pieces are being made available, embargoed for publication on World News Day, 28 September, written by Warren Fernandez, President of the World Editors Forum and Editor in Chief of the Straits Times, Singapore, and David Walmsley, Editor in Chief of the Globe and Mail, Canada. They can be downloaded here

Three global broadcasts will pay homage to the positive power of journalism.

  • Youth and Media: COVID-19: HOW CAN YOU CONTRIBUTE?

    Bogus remedies, misinformation, disinformation, rumours and conspiracy theories - the internet has been flooded with inaccurate information as the world grapples with Covid-19, leaving authorities anxious, overwhelming medical services and even leading to assaults, arson and deaths in extreme cases.
    The speed at which the infodemic has been spreading has been described as being as fast as that of the virus itself. Are we doing enough to fight back? And can we do better? Join in the discussions to listen in, and contribute.

    Monday, 28 September 2020

    Time: 16:00 - 17:30 SIN/HK; 13:30-15:00 IST; 08:00-09:30 GMT
    Registration and Programme  

    Journalism Through A Pandemic
    How journalism coped, adapted and pushed forward in this unprecedented time. Presented by The Straits Times in conjunction with the World Editors Forum and the Canadian Journalism Foundation.
    Monday, 28 September 2020
    Time: 20:00 SIN/HK; 14h00 CET; 13:00 GMT
    World News Day YouTube
    Straits Times YouTube
    World News Day 120 minute webcast
    Join host Brian Stelter, chief media correspondent for CNN Worldwide and host of Reliable Sources, in this World News Day celebration of the value of journalism.
    The line-up includes Anthony Fauci, Maria Ressa and journalists from CNN, CBC, BBC, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Reforma, The Toronto Star, National Geographic, ABC7 and more.

    Monday, 28 September 2020
    Time: 19:00-21:00 ET; 24:00 GMT
    Registration and Programme

World Editors Forum President Warren Fernandez said it was important for newsrooms to underline the contribution they make: “At a time when so much has been turned on its head, this much has become clear: Real news matters. The truth matters. Objectivity matters. Balance and fairness matter.  In short, quality journalism matters. These are hallmarks of professional newsrooms.”

World News Day deliberately coincides with the UN International Day for Access to Information, in recognition of the importance of the right to know - for both journalists and citizens.

There are also a host of supporting organisations on the graphic below who have helped make World News Day possible. Special thanks to Google News Initiative, the primary sponsor.

Main Sponsor and supporting organisationsMain Sponsor and supporting organisations


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2020-09-27 18:08

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The World Editors Forum is the organisation within the World Association of Newspapers devoted to newspaper editors worldwide. The Editors Weblog (, launched in January 2004, is a WEF initiative designed to facilitate the diffusion of information relevant to newspapers and their editors.

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