Macy Gray joins newsrooms to celebrate World News Day on Monday

Two global webcasts - one on Singapore time discussing the pandemic, youth and the media - will celebrate Monday's World News Day.

Warren Fernandez, president of the World Editors Forum and editor-in-chief of the Straits Times, says "At a time when so much has been turned on its head, this much has become clear: Real news matters. The truth matters. Objectivity matters. Balance and fairness matter. In short, quality journalism matters."

The critical role that journalism and professional newsrooms play in helping citizens make sense of the world is the message behind Monday's World News Day.

Driven by the Canadian Journalism Foundation and the World Editors Forum, World News Day is being marked in more than 150 newsrooms across the globe.

Editors are urged to share their best journalism using social media hashtags #WorldNewsDay and #JournalismMatters.

Two op-ed pieces are being made available for publication on Monday, one by Fernandez and one by David Walmsley, editor in chief of the Globe and Mail in Canada. Download here.

The webcasts are:

16h00 Singapore time (8h00 GMT) YOUTH, MEDIA AND TACKLING THE PANDEMIC:

Speakers include Australian infectious disease specialist, Prof Dale Fisher, Dr June Tay, head of the Digital Media Programme at Singapore University of Social Sciences (SUSS), and editors from the Straits Times, Manilla Bulletin and Jakarta Post. Programme and Registration.

19h00 Eastern Time (24h00 GMT) CELEBRATE THE VALUE OF JOURNALISM

CNN's Brian Stelter hosts range of guests including Dr Anthony Fauci; Maria Ressa; journalists from the New York Times, CNN, BBC, Reforma, Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, National Geographic and ABC. Includes performance by Macy Gray. Programme and Registration.

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