Region contributes top speakers to Glasgow programme

Kiwi publisher Stuff's chief executive Sinead Boucher and Rappler founder Maria Ressa are among those named so far for WAN-Ifra's World News Media Congress in Glasgow.

At last year's Congress in Portugal, Resser - who found herself under pressure from Philippines president Rodrigo Duterte after criticising the government - was presented with WAN-Ifra's Golden Pen of Freedom award, the board calling on Duterte to stop attacking the news site.

In December, she was named one of Time magazine's 'persons of the year'.

In Hong Kong last November, Boucher (pictured) related the uplifting tale of how a regional newspaper publisher became New Zealand's top digital brand (after outsiders Google and Facebook). A former FT digital journalist, she heads a company which is now owned by Australia's Nine television network, the NZ regulator having blocked plans to merge Stuff with rival newsmedia company NZME. Following the acquisition of Fairfax Media by Nine Entertainment, Stuff is now likely to face a demerger or sale.

Also from the Asia Pacific is Singapore Press Holdings' deputy chief executive Anthony Tan.

A number of other industry leaders have already committed to speak at the Glasgow Congress, being held from June 1-3. They include Marty Baron (executive editor of the Washington Post); Thomas Mattsson (editor in chief of Sweden's Expressen); Frances Cairncross (chair of Cairncross Review, UK); Claire Charbonnel (managing director of Groupe Midi Libre La Dépêche in France); Dmitry Shishkin (chief content officer of the UK's Culture Trip); Sebastian Esser (Steady Media, Germany); Wendy Metcalfe (editor in chief of Canada's Brunswick News); Raju Narisetti (now a professor at Columbia University in the USA); Ingeborg Volan (director of audience engagement at Dagens Naeringsliv in Norway); Rasmus Kleis Nielsen (director of the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at Britain's Oxford University); Kim Bode from News Deeply in the USA; Ros Atkins (creator and presenter of the BBC's Outside Source); Local Media Association president Nancy Lane; Jason Jedlinksi (SVP/head of consumer products at the USA's Today Network); Rachel Oldroyd (editor of The Bureau of Investigative Reporting in the UK ); Vivian Schiller (chief executive of US-based Civil Media Foundation); Washington Post director of newsroom product Greg Barber); and Zoe Murphy who is in charge of voice user interfaces and AI innovation at UK national broadcaster the BBC.

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