Nobel Prize Winner G?nter Grass Joins World Editors Forum

By: E&P Staff

Nobel Prize-winning German author Günter Grass has joined the program of the 17th World Editors Forum, to be held in Hamburg, Germany, Oct. 6-8.

Known for his engagement with issues such as the Nazi past, the arms race, environmentalism, racism, and the unification of Germany, Grass will discuss his memoir, Mein Jahrhundert (My Century), and take questions at the annual meeting of the world’s senior newsroom executives.

While this year’s gathering will dedicate much of its conference to how mobile distribution is changing the news business, in the area of traditional newspapers, Giovanni di Lorenzo, editor in chief of Germany’s Die Zeit, will present a keynote address arguing that as long as editors are unable to sufficiently monetize digital content, they should work even harder to defend and diversify print. He also will talk about the promise the iPad and other tablets hold for newspapers.

The conference will provide editors with new business models, an overview of industry trends and practical information for newsrooms today.

The World Editors Forum will run alongside the Oct. 4-6 IFRA Expo, which, besides the global exhibition, will feature several conferences, seminars and meetings for news executives.

Other World Editors Forum speakers include: Bart Brouwers, Managing Editor for hyperlocal Online Media at The Netherlands’ Telegraaf Media Group (crowd-sourcing and social networks in hyperlocal news); Die Zeit Publisher Rainer Esser (content monetization); Le Monde Editor Sylvie Kauffmann (new storytelling models for newspapers in the digital age); Claudio Giua, development and innovation director at Italy’s Gruppo Editoriale l’ Espresso (workshop on “Our News and Google News: How Can We Cooperate?”); McKinsey & Co. partner Eric Hazan (WEF-McKinsey 2010 Newsroom Barometer editors’ survey); Edward Roussel, Telegraph Media Group digital editor in the United Kingdom (restructuring the newsroom); Paul Steiger, ProPublica founder and editor and former managing editor of The Wall Street Journal (new ways to fund quality journalism); News International Creative Projects Director Alfredo Triviño (new content platforms and their value for newspaper companies); and Gregor Waller, strategy and innovation vice president and board member of Axel Springer’s Welt Group in Germany (new content platforms and whether they represent a breakthrough for newspaper companies).

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