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The World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA) is to hold its World News Media Congress in Glasgow in June next year, it was announced today (September 13).

It will be the 71st World News Media Congress and will take place along with the 26th World Editors Forum and the third Women in News Summit from June 1-3 at the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre.

The event will be organised in partnership with the Scottish Newspaper Society and SNS director John McLellan said: “We are thrilled to be able to stage the 2019 World News Media Congress and are confident delegates will find Glasgow and Scotland an appropriately stunning and stimulating host.

“Scotland is steeped in the finest traditions of freedom of expression but also of media innovation — after all, television and the telephone were both invented by Scots — and is home to one of the most competitive and vibrant news markets anywhere in the world.”.

WAN/IFRA chief executive Vincent Peyregne said: “Scotland is a market with a remarkable diversity of national, regional and local media. We are privileged to be hosted in Glasgow by the SNS and their affiliate members.

“The Congress, incorporating the one-of-a-kind Women in News Summit, and the World Editors Forum, is a milestone on our annual programme of professional events. It is of value to every news professional seeking to better understand and address the unprecedented forces at work at this time. The Congress is a vital forum for discussions – on the future of news, press freedom and issues facing our society and its citizens,” said Peyregne.

The World News Media Congress is the annual meeting of news executives, including publishers, editors, and owners of newspapers from all over the world. It is hosted in a different city each year. The 2018 Congress in Portugal drew around 1,000 people from over 60 countries for three days of conferences, executive meetings, networking, and social events.

The World Editors Forum (WEF) organises the editorial stream of the Congress. WEF is built on a commitment to defend press freedom and promote editorial excellence. It is at the forefront of newsroom change and connects editors on issues that matter for the future of independent and free news publishing.

The Women in News Summit (WIN) is a chance to go deep into issues of gender in media: Leaders making a difference, covering gender, increasing women’s leadership and voices in news.

WAN-IFRA is the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers. Its mission is to protect the rights of journalists across the world to operate free media, and provide its members with professional services to help their business prosper in a digital world and perform their crucial role in open societies. With formal representative status at the United Nations, UNESCO and the Council of Europe, it derives its authority from its global network of leading news publishing companies and technology entrepreneurs, and its legitimacy from its 80 national association members representing 18,000 publications in 120 countries.

For more information contact Christin Herger, Senior Project Manager, Global Events WAN-IFRA. Tel: +49 69 240 063 28 email:

Congress details are available here