The event takes place on September 28 and is spearheaded by the Canadian Journalism Foundation (CJF), the World Editors Forum (WEF) and the World Association of News Publishers (WAN-IFRA) — with support from Google News Initiative. This year’s campaign hopes to engage more than 100 news organisations and media supporters from around the world by sharing their stories with a global audience.
Some 75 news organisations are already on board, including The Globe and Mail, CBC News, CNN, The Washington Post, The New York Times, The South China Morning Post, The Straits Times, and dozens of other outlets from around the world.
The aim of the day is to create a moment in the calendar to mark good journalism and remind audiences why it matters and needs to be celebrated and protected.
Ian Murray, executive director of the Society of Editors said there had never been a time when turning the spotlight on the positive role good journalism plays in societies has been more important.
“With journalism under attack in so many forms it is essential we find the time to remind the public of what we do,” said Murray.
“It is easy for busy newsrooms to be so consumed with the actual business of sourcing and delivering edited, balanced, trustworthy news that they do not find the moment to shout about their roles. This is that moment.”
According to the Society of Editors, there are a number of ways newspapers and news sites can get involved in World News Day:
- By sharing one piece of content with organisers to pool for cross-publishing that showcases a great piece of journalism that made a difference to the community. It can be video/ photo/print or text – or all.
- By publishing an editorial/ an article/ or collection of articles from the pooled content on 28 September to show why #JournalismMatters
- To publish an ad in print or online marking World News Day. Organisers will provide the creative.
- Hosting their own online event with their audience on the 28th.
Any news organisation that joins the initiative will have their logo added to the wall of supporters.
More information can be found by viewing a promotional video created for the event below.
News organisations wishing to participate should email World News Day project coordinator Alexander Jones at firstname.lastname@example.org