Asian papers get into the spirit of Saturday's World News Day

News events and editions in Asia and around the world celebrated World News Day yesterday.

In Singapore, a 'Real news matters: World News Day' journalism forum was a partnership between WAN-Ifra's World Editors Forum and the National Youth Achievement Award Council.

More than 150 people also turned up for a forum at Singapore's Institute of Technical Education College Central career and technical education institute. A 30-minute talk show highlighted the legwork and effort that goes into producing credible content by newsrooms worldwide and the difference it can make to the lives of people in different communities. Speakers on the first panel, comprising regional editors from Sri Lanka, Myanmar and the Philippines attending an Asian Journalism Fellowship program in Singapore, shared their experience in covering conflicts in their countries. This was followed by a session on Fighting Fake News and a third session on stories that changed people's lives. Participating newsrooms included the South China Morning Post, China Daily, JoongAng Ilbo and both Malay and Chinese titles from Malaysia, together with the Straits Times.

World News Day aims to raise public awareness of the critical role that newsrooms and journalists play in providing the public with credible and reliable news and views, to help people make sense of - and improve - the rapidly changing world around them.

South Korea's Chosun Ilbo picked up 36 of the 47 articles on World News Day for its own readers. Brazil's Zero Hora newspaper carried a special report with content from several newsrooms - among them The Hindu, the Jakarta Post, China Daily, Times of India, the Bangkok Post and an interview with the Straits Times' editor-in-chief Warren Fernandez. Several titles in Asia did their own editorial specials in print and online, including the South China Morning Post, Viet Nam News, the Daily Star and Sin Chew Daily. Their publications included their own contributions, content from other newsrooms as well as commentaries on World News Day.

Asia News Network, an alliance of 24 news titles of which the Straits Times is a member, carried it as its top news highlight of the day. Many participating newsrooms and other stakeholders highlighted content on the WND website, which carries stories and videos of impact submitted by participating newsrooms.