WAN-IFRA Merger Off

Merger talks between two of the world’s largest newspaper associations have broke off. For the past months, the World Association of Newspapers and Ifra had been discussing merger, but this morning WAN announced that talks had ceased, at least for the foreseeable future. Neither WAN nor Ifra said why. “Both associations agreed to continue close cooperation and expressed the hope that circumstances would allow them to re-open discussions on a merger at a future date,” wrote WAN spokesman Larry Kilman. WAN, based in Paris, represents 72 national newspaper associations, plus 13 national news agencies, nine regional press organizations, individual newspaper […]

Excellent Overviews of Challenges Facing Newspapers in the 21st Century

We’re big fans of Jim Chisholm who is the strategy advisor to the World Association of Newspapers and the director of its Shaping the Future of the Newspaper project. But only today did we discover online his presentation (1.5-megabyte PowerPoint download) to last year’s WAN Congress in Dublin. It’s an excellent overview of the challenges facing the newspaper industry (for both newsprint and online editions). So, too is his presentation (2.3-megabyte PowerPoint download) to the Newspaper Association of America’s Connections conference last year. In each, please note the data that he presents about the importance of mobile content (SMS, etc.) […]