The Blog Herald> The World Association of Newspapers – World Editors Forum have launched a new on-line destination to discuss and debate the issues that concern them : http://www.editorsweblog.org. The new blog from the World Editors Forum aims to be a virtual “meeting hall” for editors from different countries and cultures, said Bertrand Pecquerie, Director of the WEF, which is the organisation of the World Association of Newspapers that represents senior news executives.
“I consider the Editors Weblog as an intranet in the editors’ community,” he said. “Every day, we have to provide them with real solutions on how to manage their newsrooms. It is obvious that a cooperative weblog will help the community of our members: the working editors.”
The site includes news about news and other information of interest to newspaper editors, journalists and would-be journalists alike. Visitors are encourage to contribute their comments on any of the items, which cover a wide range of topics.
“Editors from Germany, Austria, France, England, Morocco and Korea have already contributed to the blog. Clearly it is a cooperative weblog and a real international forum,” said Mr Pecquerie.
“Every day, an editor has several challenges to manage. If our blog can only help solve one of them, we’ve done it! For example, with our section, ‘new sources for editors,’ we alert them about where they can find new contributors or now angles. Another example: when the New York Times’ publishes an article on how the newspaper manages its Op-Ed page, it is very instructive for other editors.
WAN, the global organisation for the newspaper industry, represents 18,000 newspapers; its membership includes 72 national newspaper associations, individual newspaper executives in 100 countries, 13 news agencies and nine regional and world-wide press groups.