1-year transformation programme for local news publishers, by WAN-IFRA and Google News Initiative

What's New in Publishing 23 Jun 2020 07:10

WAN-IFRA’s programme to support local journalism in Europe set to grow

WAN-IFRA, the World Association of News Publishers, is launching round two of Table Stakes Europe in partnership with the Google News Initiative. The one-year transformation and coaching programme for regional and local news publishers will welcome twenty-four participating news enterprises, growing from fourteen in the previous edition. The sessions will start in October 2020 and publishers are invited to apply now.

Table Stakes Europe uses a performance challenge as the basis for participating news enterprises to identify and close shortfalls in their core digital capabilities.

The new Programme is announced on the occasion of WAN-IFRA’s World Media Leaders eSummit. Funded by the Google News initiative in its two first years in Europe, it will provide an opportunity for twenty-four local and regional news enterprises to identify and make significant progress in addressing their greatest current challenges. The Table Stakes manual is for local news organisations, identifying what’s required to play and win the game of news in the 21st century.

The Programme builds upon the successful track record of an initiative funded initially by Knight Foundation and the Lenfest Institute for Journalism, and developed with major metropolitan daily news organisations in the US. It is meant to accelerate journalism’s shift to digital from print, help newsrooms evolve their practices, reach new audiences and better engage their communities. Seven common themes have emerged to tie together the granular, specific table stakes for core work, workflow, roles, skills, technology, tools, organisation and culture. All are predicated on the belief that putting the audience at the center is the only and best way to deliver value.

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