World News Day helps answer, 'why news matters'

There are hopes for increased support for this year's World News Day, set for September 28.

The Canadian Journalism Foundation and WAN-Ifra's World Editors Forum aim to highlighting journalism's importance in an age of misinformation with 100 media supporters against last year's 40.

World News Day 2020 aims to raise public awareness of the role newsrooms and journalists play in helping people make sense of, and improve, the rapidly changing world around them.

"World News Day is about recognising the people in the news and listening to how journalism has made a difference in their lives," says David Walmsley, editor-in-chief of the Globe and Mail and outgoing CJF board chair. "It is about coming together across the continents and displaying support for journalists and their audiences who together, using facts and understanding, make the world a better place."

Last year's supporters included the Straits Times and the South China Morning Post.

Says Warren Fernandez, president of the World Editors Forum and editor of the Straits Times in Singapore, "World News Day this year will be an occasion to tell the story of how 100 newsrooms from across the planet responded to this global crisis and played a role in keeping our societies well informed, as well as bringing our communities together, so critical in these testing times."

Five ways you and your newsroom can get involved and add your masthead as a supporter of this global event:

Run a #WorldNewsDay ad in your publication (we will provide the creative).

Share your stories of why #NewsMatters on #WorldNewsDay.

Solicit an opinion piece from a source who has been impacted by journalism to run on #WorldNewsDay.

Devote an editorial to why #NewsMatters.

Pool and publish high-impact content from 100 newsrooms.

To secure your newsroom's involvement in World News Day 2020, please appoint a World News Day 2020 champion from within your newsroom and ask them to contact: Global Project Coordinator Alexander Jones, email: ajones@worldnewsday.org or Cherilyn Ireton at cherilyn.ireton@wan-ifra.org

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