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The Associated Press announced today that Gary Pruitt, the chairman, president and CEO of The McClatchy Co., will become its newest chief executive officer in July, succeeding current President and CEO Tom Curley upon his retirement, The New York Times Media Decoder blog reported.

McClatchy owns 30 daily papers and is the third largest US newspaper publisher. Pruitt will be succeeded by Pat Talamantes as the new CEO of McClatchy and by Kevin McClatchy as chairman, the article said.

Pruitt, who spent 28 years at McClatchy, is no stranger to the AP, serving on its Board of Directors for nine years, according to an AP press release. He also formerly served as a chair of the Newspaper Association of America.

In the press release, Pruitt praised Curley’s tenure as chief executive, as well as the digital direction the AP has embraced in recent years.

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Gianna Walton

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2012-03-22 15:45

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Newspapers from around the world are invited to participate in a new global journalism experience for youth organised by the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA) that results in young people interviewing entertainment stars or other public figures - and increased circulation for participating newspapers.

The "My Dream Interview" international youth reporter festival of success stories, supported by the Fundacion Acindar of Argentina, asks school teams of 11- to 15-year olds to choose a prominent person they would like to interview, then come up with the questions to ask.

The school teams submit their idea and questions to the participating newspaper, which chooses the best set of questions, helps the winning team conduct the interview, and publishes it. Newspapers can then enter the interview in a worldwide WAN-IFRA competition, with the winners presented at a ceremony at the IFRA Expo in Madrid in October.

Winning interviews will be distributed globally by The Interview People, with all royalties going to winning schools.

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Emma Goodman

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2012-02-20 16:03

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Press freedom and freedom of expression remain under serious threat in the Middle East, despite the democracy revolutions and reforms that are sweeping the region, a panel of experts said Tuesday at the Arab Free Press Forum in Tunisia.

"The problem today is that you might not be afraid of the secret police, but you might fear the moral police," said Ghias al-Jundi, the Syrian Director of the PEN International Writers in Prison Committee and a member of the International Freedom of Expression Exchange's (IFEX) Tunisia Monitoring Group.

While the dramatic democratic upheavals "have made steps in overcoming power and overcoming the kingdom of fear," the Islamist groups who were long barred from politics and are now emerging do not have a tradition of political interaction with other groups.

"We respect the elections, but is the victory of Islamists a consolidation of freedom of expression?" he asked. "My feeling is it weakens freedom of expression because the Islamists have not practiced politics for so long. ... The common people are repeatedly convinced that journalists are not on the side of religion, that they are infidels."

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Emma Goodman

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2012-01-24 14:26

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The 5th Arab Free Press Forum opened Monday in Tunisia with a celebration of the gains that have been made in Middle East press freedom, but with a reminder that much more needs to be done.

"If Tunisia is the country in the region that has most advanced in the construction of democracy, other countries in the region are still suffering under the yoke of authoritarianism," said Moroccan journalist Aboubakr Jamai, opening the conference on behalf of the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA). "Reporters thus face different situations. Some have won -- like their fellow citizens -- their freedom of speech, while others continue to risk their freedom and even their lives."

"Some are more advanced than others in constructing democratic society, but if the level of democritization differ, there is little doubt about the dynamics that have begun in our societies," said Mr Jamai, laureate of WAN-IFRA's Gebran Tueni Award. "There is a sense of history, one that leads to respect for liberty and dignity."

More than 200 journalists, editors, publishers and others from the region and beyond gathered in Tunis for the two-day annual conference, organised by WAN-IFRA.

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Emma Goodman

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2012-01-23 16:46

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The groundbreaking Women in News (WIN) programme, launched by the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA) in 2010, is now accepting applications from women media professionals from either the business or editorial side of newspapers in Botswana, Namibia and Zambia.

WIN is a high-impact capacity building programme that equips participants with the skills, strategies and support networks to progress to leading roles within their news organisations.

To date, almost 50 percent of the women enrolled in the programme have progressed to higher levels of responsibility within their organisations, or made a lateral move of their choosing.

"WIN has given me my professional vision. It has given me my educational vision. And it has given me growth. The bottom line is growth," says Leatile Gaolape, HR Coordinator for The Guardian Sun in Botswana. "I've realized that I am now capable of being a leader, I feel more responsible and I have learned to come up with solutions."

"We are delighted to see the WIN programme continue to its third year. As part of our strategic partnership with the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, WAN-IFRA has spent the past two years investing significantly in creating models of excellence that can be replicated in other markets with relative ease," said Larry Kilman, Deputy CEO of WAN-IFRA.

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Emma Goodman

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2012-01-16 18:21

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Repression of uprisings makes the region the world's most dangerous place for journalists.

Sixty-four journalists and other media workers were killed world-wide because of their professional activities in 2011, with nearly half of them killed in Pakistan, Iraq, Libya and Yemen, the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA) said Thursday.

Ten journalists were killed in Pakistan for the second consecutive year, making it again the most deadly country for journalists.

The Arab region was the world's most dangerous region for media professionals, with twenty-two journalists killed. The brutal repression that followed widespread popular uprisings in Bahrain, Egypt, Libya, Syria, Tunisia and Yemen cost the lives of sixteen journalists. Journalism in Iraq remains a dangerous profession, as six journalists lost their lives in the country last year.

Mexico remains the most dangerous country for journalists in the Western hemisphere, with six journalists in 2011, as coverage of organised crime and corruption have put journalists in the line of fire.

The 2011 death toll, released after an investigation into all potential media murders, compares with 66 killed in 2010, 99 killed in 2009, 70 killed in 2008, 95 killed in 2007 and 110 killed in 2006. The full lists can be found here.

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Federica Cherubini

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2012-01-05 16:41

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From Twitter and Facebook, to crowdsourcing and gathering readers' photos, to community events: newspapers now have abundant ways to interact with their readers online. The World Editors Forum, to be held in Vienna from 12 to 15 October next, will focus on the new tools of social media to help editors build communities around their newspapers.

The annual conference, which runs concurrently to the World Newspaper Congress, will also offer a "Facebook for Journalists" workshop in which Facebook representatives will provide tips and advice on how Facebook can be better used by newsrooms, both to find sources and reach a larger audience.

The WEF session on building communities will feature Jim Brady, Head of Project Thunderdome, the Journal Register Company's initiative to engage audience and creating content across all platforms and geographies, Matthew Eltringham, Editor of the BBC College of Journalism website, Anette Novak, Editor-in-Chief of Norran in Sweden, and other speakers to be announced.

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Federica Cherubini

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2011-07-27 11:23

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These days, PR is everything.

Companies, governments, and organizations use press releases to communicate with the media. By releasing their own official version of events, a press release helps companies maintain an image for the general public and, to some extent, control the story.

Traditional distribution networks charge companies for distributing press releases. On PRWeb.com, a "premium" distribution costs up to $360 per news release. Other companies pay wire services to spread their message.

A new company, noodls, is bucking that trend. It is the first online aggregator of press releases in "real time", and has nearly 9 million archived press releases. It does not wait for PR submissions (although PR reps can submit them), but runs a vertical search engine to gather archives in multiple languages.

The website is geared for both PR professionals and journalists. Journalists can use the site to search for sources or follow specific organizations. Organizations cannot contact journalists until the journalists themselves have specified that they would like to open a direct communication channel, preventing annoying spam.

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Florence Pichon

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2011-07-04 18:53

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To many newspapers, starting a local or hyperlocal service in digital form might seem like an obvious thing to do. What is not so obvious, though, is how to succeed in a publishing field that already has become hyper competitive in many areas.

That is where WAN-IFRA and the World Editors Forum can help editors and publishers, through their Summer University 2011, which will focus on "Putting local and hyperlocal content at the heart of your future projects." The 6th annual seminar, on 27 and 28 June in Paris, will examine strategies, best practices and journalistic approaches with hyperlocal pioneers and leaders from Europe and the United States.

It is the first time the Editors Forum brings its expertise to the event.

Speakers include Adrian Holovaty, founder of EveryBlock in the United States, Bart Brouwers, editor in chief of dichtbij.nl in the Netherlands, Jacques Natz, director of digital media content for Hearst Television in the United States, François-Xavier Lefranc, director for regional and local news at Ouest-France, Roberto De Celis, director of digital editions at Vocento in Spain, and many others.

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Emma Goodman

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2011-06-01 19:57

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The International Academy of Journalism, or Intajour, founded by Bertelsmann last year has officially opened to applications, the company announced in a press release.

The ten-month "Journalism in the Digital World" course, aimed at journalists from countries with limited or threatened press freedom, is inviting journalists from around the world to apply. Twelve students will be trained in the subjects of "Investigative research on the internet," "Journalistic forms of presentation on the internet," "Technical production of web content," "Media ethics" and "Economic fundamentals of online journalism." The program begins on August 29, 2011 and consists of attendance phases in Hamburg, Cologne and Berlin as well as two intensive e-learning phases, the press release specified. The deadline is June 15.

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Emma Goodman

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2011-05-12 10:23

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