'Good journalistic judgement still valued'

'Good journalistic  judgement still valued'

Good journalistic judgement is still valued  in spite of the onslaught of digital content in these times of transition, according to Tomas Brunegard, president WAN-IFRA, Sweden.

Speaking at the Publish Asia and WAN-IFRA expo 2013, here on Wednesday, Brunegard stressed that trends like consumer changes, technology, innovation and new initiatives had to be followed to deal with the increasing presence of online and digital content. “We have to stay positive because what we do is very much needed today,” he said.

Speaking about convergence of news media and the need for WAN-IFRA (World Association of Newspapers) to cover broader areas than just newspapers, Brunegard said, “We have a responsibility to show that we can make it through the hard times we are facing, because what we do is important.”

Erik Bjerager, president, World Editors Forum, Denmark, spoke of the dangers journalists might have to face if they did not have secure communications.

“We all know the kind of surveillance that Snowden’s case generated,” he said.

Bjerager said print journalism faced major challenges in the form of acceleration in the number of people accessing digital content as well as sponsored content.

The three-day expo will feature summits on newsroom, printing and crossmedia advertising, and workshops.

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