The central message of this year’s World News Day campaign, which we are inviting newsrooms worldwide to get behind, is Journalism Makes a Difference, and is worth promoting and defending.
The ask is simple: on 28 September use your news pages, editorial column, advertising space, newsletters or social media channels to draw attention to the positive impact that your journalism has had in effecting change. We will supply an array of campaign materials to help drive home the message. You will also be invited to share one piece of journalism that has made a difference on the World News Day website – where we will also add your logo.
“World News Day is a timely reminder of why good journalism matters,” said Warren Fernandez, President of the World Editors Forum (WEF) and Editor-in-Chief of The Straits Times in Singapore. “As the world around us grows more complex and crisis-ridden, audiences seek out credible voices to help them make sense of developments, This is how professional newsrooms make a difference. They interpret events and help people join the dots, adding perspective and context.”
World News Day is organised jointly by the WAN-IFRA’s World Editors Forum and The Canadian Journalism Foundation (CJF). CJF chair, Kathy English added: “Without facts, freedom and democracy can fail. Journalism at its best can – and does – make a difference in the lives of individuals, our communities, our countries, and the future of our planet.”
In 2021, 500 news organizations took part in World News Day. From the Financial Times and the Guardian, to the Fiji Sun and The Sacramento Bee, World News Day touched six continents, generated more than two hundred million impressions on social media, and inspired meaningful global conversations on the power and impact of journalism. However, the need for trustworthy information and considered analysis has rarely been greater.
How to take part
To join the 2022 campaign email World News Day’s Global Project Manager, Alexander Jones at firstname.lastname@example.org. Include your logo for inclusion on the World News Day website.
World News Day 2022 is supported by Google News Initiative.
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