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Göteborg, Sweden, 4 June 2008

For immediate release


O¹Reilly Re
-
Elected President of WAN


Gavin O'Reilly, the Chief Operating Officer of Ireland
-
based Independent

News & Media PLC, has been re
-
elected President of the World Association of

Newspapers for a

third term of two years.


Mr O'Reilly, 41, who is Irish, was re
-
elected President Wednesday by the

WAN Annual General Meeting, held during the World Newspaper Congress and

World Editors Forum in Göteborg, Sweden. The events, the global meetings of

the w
orld¹s press, drew more than 1,500 publishers, editors and other senior

newspaper executives from 113 countries.


As Chief Operating Officer of Independent News & Media, Mr O'Reilly oversees

a leading international newspaper group with more than 200 titles

in

Ireland, the United Kingdom, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand and India.


As President of WAN, Mr O¹Reilly has spearheaded a number of global

initiatives for the industry, notably creation of the Automated Content

Access Protocol to protect intelle
ctual property rights of on
-
line

publishers, and the formation of the News Media Coalition to defend open

news coverage of sports and other events. WAN has also undertaken numerous

press freedom and industry support initiatives during his tenure.


Fred Arp
, Chief Financial Officer of the Telegraaf Media Group in the

Netherlands, was re
-
elected Treasurer of WAN.


New Board Members from 13 countries were also elected Wednesday: Frédéric

Aurand, Board Chairman of Groupe Hersant Media, France; Oyungerel Batnas
an,

Executive Director of the Newspaper Association of Mongolia; Indira Crasnea,

Deputy Chief Editor of Mediafax, Romania; Philip Crawley, Publisher & CEO of

the Globe & Mail, Canada; Mathias Döpfner, CEO & Chairman, Axel Springer,

Germany; Dahlan Iskan, P
ublisher and Chief Editor of the Jawa Post,

Indonesia; Tibor Kovacs, CEO of Nepszabadsag, Hungary; Remzi Lani, Director

of the Albanian Media Institute; François Le Hodey, CEO of

S.A. Informations et Productions Multimedia, Belgium; Jaime Mantilla

Anderson
, Director General of Hoy, Ecuador; Veaceslav Perunov, Director of

the Association of Independent Press, Moldova; Sinha Ratnatunga,

Editor
-
in
-
chief of The Sunday Times, Sri Lanka; Mikhel Reinsalu, CEO of

Eesti Pävaleht, Estonia; and Nelson Sirotsky, Presid
ent and CEO of Grupo

RBS, Brazil.


The WAN Annual General Meeting will be held next year on 25 March, 2009,

during the World Newspaper Congress and World Editors Forum in Hyderabad,

India. Newspapers world
-
wide are invited to attend the events, to be held

from 22 to 25 March 2009.


The Paris
-
based WAN, the global organisation for the newspaper industry,

defends and promotes press freedom and the professional and business

interests of newspapers world
-
wide. Representing 18,000 newspapers, its

membership incl
udes 77 national newspaper associations, newspaper companies

and individual newspaper executives in 102 countries, 12 news agencies and

11 regional and world
-
wide press groups.


Inquiries to: Larry Kilman, Director of Communications, WAN, 7 rue Geoffroy

St

Hilaire, 75005 Paris France. Tel: +33 1 47 42 85 00. Fax: +33 1 47 42 49

48. Mobile: +33 6 10 28 97 36. E
-
mail: lkilman@wan.asso.fr





Göteborg, Sweden, 3 June 2008

For immediate release


New Research on Media Habits of Youth Breaks Stereotypes


A new st
udy on the media habits of young people in three countries found

that television continues to be the most important source of news and

information for the young, despite the rise of the internet

and newspapers

can win their attention as well.


The survey

of 3,500 young people between 15
-

and 29
-
years old in the United

States, the Netherlands and Finland found that young people get their news

and information from a wide variety of sources, but that television

continues to be their preferred medium.


³Young

people do not seem to understand the inherent value and difference in

newspaper content versus other news media. TV still dominates even in

perceptions of credibility and depth of coverage,² said Robert Barnard,

Partner and Founder of Canada
-
based DECODE,

which conducted the survey for

the World Association of Newspapers and national partners in each country. .


Nevertheless, the study, released Tuesday at the World Newspaper Congress in

Göteborg, Sweden, showed that newspaper companies are well placed to
attract

young readers if newspapers are committed to the task. The study,

commissioned by WAN to help publishers better understand and meet the needs

of younger readers, found:


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Young people are interested in news and see the value of being informed.


-

Loyal newspaper readers are more informed, engaged and connected to

community than non
-
readers.


-

Parents (especially mothers) and teachers have successfully influenced

young people to become newspaper readers

peers are not influential.


-

Newspapers mu
st start earlier to establish how the brand of news

emanating from newspapers is different from and superior to other media

options. This strategy should be multi
-
platform, accentuating content, not

format.


-

Young people leaving home provides an importa
nt opportunity for

newspapers. The study shows a significant drop in readership at this

life
-
stage at a time when interest in news is peaking.


-

Newspaper editorial content, in general, is disconnected from youth

interests
--

and when it is about youth, i
t is mostly negative. Music and

film top the list of interests while politics ranked in the lower than 30th.


-

Social networks can be allies of newspapers, not the enemy. Social network

users are more supportive of all media generally, but also show a hig
her

increase of support for newspapers than non users.


The data was collected in early 2008 through online panels provided by TNS

Global Research. It used a variety of recruitment methods, including

telephone surveys, direct mail, and internet advertising
, allowing for a

variety of key demographic groups to be sampled.


WAN and DECODE are seeking to extend the survey into additional countries.

National newspaper associations interested in participating should contact

Mr Barnard by e
-
mail at robert@decode.n
et.


Study development was supportd by Norske Skog, the Norway based paper

producer, with national studies supported by the Newspaper Association of

America (USA), Helsingen Sanomat Foundation (Finland) and, in The

Netherlands, Stichting Krant in de Klas a
nd School of Media VU / Windesheim

with funding from two foundations, The Netherlands Press Fund and the

Foundation for Democracy and Media.


The Paris
-
based WAN, the global organisation for the newspaper industry,

defends and promotes press freedom and t
he professional and business

interests of newspapers world
-
wide. Representing 18,000 newspapers, its

membership includes 77 national newspaper associations, newspaper companies

and individual newspaper executives in 102 countries, 12 news agencies and

11 r
egional and world
-
wide press groups.


Inquiries to: Larry Kilman, Director of Communications, WAN, 7 rue Geoffroy

St Hilaire, 75005 Paris France. Tel: +33 1 47 42 85 00. Fax: +33 1 47 42 49

48. Mobile: +33 6 10 28 97 36. E
-
mail: lkilman@wan.asso.fr




Göte
borg, Sweden, 4 June 2009

For immediate release


Global Warming: A Growing Concern for Media


The problem of global warming has emerged as an issue of concern for the

world¹s newspapers, with calls at the World Newspaper Congress and World

Editors Forum to

reduce energy use and greenhouse gas emissions by media

industries.


³It is probably the biggest challenge that mankind has ever faced,² said

Tomas Brunegard, CEO of the Stampen Group in Sweden and Chairman of the

Swedish Newspaper Publishers Association.

³We, as newspapers, demand action

from other people on this issue, and now it¹s our time to take action.²


One of the themes of the Congress and Forum, which drew 1,800 newspaper

publishers, chief editors and other senior newspaper executives to Göteborg,

Sweden, from 1 to 4 June, was the issue of sustainability.


Leif Johansson, CEO of AB Volvo, whose company is producing heavy trucks

that run on biofuels, said newspaper delivery trucks drive 6,000 miles every

night just in the city of Göteborg alone. ³Th
at¹s a sizeable environmental

impact and should be done in the most efficient way possible,² he said.


³Your customers, your readers, do they demand an environmentally friendly

product?², Mr Johansson asked the Congress audience. ³If not now, I believe

the
y will much more over time.²


Global warming was also on the agenda of a meeting of member organisations

of the World Association of Newspapers on the sidelines of the Congress.


Directors of national newspaper associations heard presentations on the

envir
onmental impact of both print and digital media usage. Newspapers, like

other businesses, are coming under pressure to reduce their energy

consumption, and the directors discussed what they were doing to sensitize

and support their member newspapers on the

issue.


Göran Finnveden, Head of the Environmental Strategies Research Division at

Sweden¹s Royal Institute of Technology, reported on a government
-
funded and

industry supported study to investigate and evaluate the possibilities of

media to contribute to

sustainable development.


The study measured the environmental impact of the consumption of printed

newspapers, internet
-
based newspapers and tablet e
-
paper newspapers. It

considered such variables as paper use, electricity use, time spent reading

on elec
tronic devices, transport and other factors and found that e
-
tablets

generally had the least impact . The study did not fully consider the

construction and disposal impact of such devices, which could contain

dangerous materials such as heavy metals.


³The

climate threat is huge, and society must change,² said Dr Finnveden.

³Technological development is not enough. We also need to change the demands

for energy and transport. There is pressure on all sectors of society to try

to reduce and mitigate the impac
t.²


The Paris
-
based WAN, the global organisation for the newspaper industry,

defends and promotes press freedom and the professional and business

interests of newspapers world
-
wide. Representing 18,000 newspapers, its

membership includes 77 national newsp
aper associations, newspaper companies

and individual newspaper executives in 102 countries, 12 news agencies and

11 regional and world
-
wide press groups.


Inquiries to: Larry Kilman, Director of Communications, WAN, 7 rue Geoffroy

St Hilaire, 75005 Paris
France. Tel: +33 1 47 42 85 00. Fax: +33 1 47 42 49

48. Mobile: +33 6 10 28 97 36. E
-
mail: lkilman@wan.asso.fr