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Gender Balance in the Media
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Gender Balance in the Media: More Women in Technology and Leadership wanted

  • The IFRA & DCX Expos will present a high-calibre and international panel on the subject of "Women in Tech”
  • Female experts in the media industry can submit a presentation proposal for the international platform of the news community

Media makers and newspapers worldwide report about and for a diverse society. However, a good gender balance is not yet a matter of course – neither in storytelling nor in the composition of the workforce. In the accompanying programme, the IFRA and DCX Expos will address the lower representation of women, especially in the technical departments of news providers.

At The New York Times, they state that "building a diverse and inclusive workplace is essential to our mission. It enriches our report, because journalists with diverse backgrounds reflect the society we cover. As noted in our Diversity Report, many of the numbers are moving in the right direction — though not far enough or fast enough. However, there is evidence that our efforts are already paying off."

In a top-class and international session on the first day of IFRA and DCX on Tuesday, 9 October 2018, from 10 to 11.30 a.m., female media leaders from the technical and digital fields will pick up the thread: Based on a case study by two leaders from The Times, the top female decision-makers will provide insights into their work. They will discuss strategies, benefits and difficulties of driving up the representation of women in the workplace.

Who's who of the Tech and Digital Scene

The composition of the panel alone shows that women can set the tone in the technical departments of media providers worldwide: Cindy Taibi, CIO of The New York Times, Fiona Campbell, Director of Digital at BBC News, Dheerja Kaur, Head of Product of The Skimm (focused on news for female millenials), Carolyn Wakulchik, Content & SF Manager at Tech Ladies (a job board and community for women in tech), Ariane Bernard, Chief Digital Officer of Le Parisien, and Bailey Evans, Technical Coordinator at The New York Times, will shape the session together.

Proposals for lectures by women wanted

The organiser of the IFRA and DCX Expos is committed to gender equality and would like to attract even more women to the accompanying programme. Women can apply for lectures via a web form until September 1, 2018. The form will still be available after this deadline and submissions made later will be considered for other relevant events of the World Association of Newspapers and News Media WAN-IFRA.

"As representatives of the global news media industry, we have both, the opportunity and also the responsibility, to do as much as we can to promote greater gender balance," emphasises Vincent Peyregne, CEO of WAN-IFRA, co-organizer of IFRA and DCX. "We can help influence and drive change by encouraging more women to speak at our conferences and participate in our activities. We would like to invite them to contribute to this effort to bring more gender balance and diversity in the composition of our panels," says Peyregne.

More information and tickets at www.ifra-dcx.com.

About IFRA – DCX

From 1970 to the present day, the IFRA World Publishing Expo remains the must-attend annual event for newspaper and news media executives. Exhibitors at IFRA World Publishing Expo include innovative suppliers to the publishing industry who present solutions and products that help boost efficiency, lower costs and increase margins. At Expo, there will be presentations on key trends and experts discussing the hottest topics in news publishing. The new DCX Digital Content Expo, held concurrently with IFRA World Publishing Expo, presents ideas and solutions for content creation and distribution over mobile, social, online and new emerging digital platforms. The combination of an international marketplace and a high-quality conference programme makes IFRA and DCX the place to be for media companies and digital publishers.

About the organisers

WAN-IFRA is the World Association of Newspapers and News Media. It represents more than 18,000 publications, 15,000 online sites as well as more than 3,000 news publishing companies in 120 countries. WAN-IFRA's mission is to defend and promote press freedom, quality journalism and editorial integrity, and help independent news publishing companies to succeed in their transformation process, increase their business, and perform their crucial role in open societies. WAN-IFRA offers its members a broad spectrum of specialised events, publications and research reports. It is also the worldwide platform for ideas, information and experience. As a joint venture of WAN-IFRA and børding Holding GmbH (børding messe), Publishing Exhibition GmbH & Co. KG is responsible for the organisation and the fair development of IFRA and DCX.

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