Thursday-Friday, May 25-26 The TimesCenter 242 West 41st Street
An intense two-day focus on strategy and trends from the world’s top news media companies is the centerpiece of World Congress Week: the best keynotes, panels, and interviews with a twist of what makes New York the center of the media world.
7:00 p.m.-9:30 p.m.
Welcome Reception at Tavern On the Green
Be welcomed to World Congress Week in style with the Welcome Reception at Central Park’s iconic Tavern On the Green. Come early and stay late in this landmark restaurant originally designed as a sheep house that has served locals, presidents, royalty, artists, and actors since 1934. Re-connect with INMA peers from around the world and punctuate the evening with live entertainment. Attire is business casual. You will need your INMA badge for security upon entrance at Tavern On the Green.
Join INMA members from around the world for a welcome coffee in our Networking Lounge where you can connect with peers, dive deep with news and tech industry solution providers, and conduct Ask Me Anything sessions with INMA initiative leads on subscriptions, advertising, newsrooms, and data. If you haven’t already done so, now is the time to grab your credentials at the Congress Registration Desk.
9:00 a.m.-9:30 a.m.
World Congress opening ceremonies
Celebrate the opening of the 93rd Annual INMA World Congress of News Media with a ceremony featuring a roll call of nations present, an outline of news industry priorities, how the conference will address these trends, and where INMA intersects with media companies in extraordinary transition.
President, INMA, United States
Maribel Perez Wadsworth
Product Initiative Lead, INMA, United States
Digital Platform Initiative Lead, INMA, Australia
9:30 a.m.-10:00 a.m.
What pandemic tailwinds and economic headwinds hath wrought for news media
Caught in the swirl of long-term digitisation, a once-a-century global pandemic, and the ripple effects of economic uncertainty is a redefined news media company. Definitions of success are changing. How to impact and influence communities rely on unfamiliar skill sets. Journalism priorities are shifting as consumers show us through a million data points. Business models are in flux. In an opening address designed to put the state of news media in perspective, this INMA-exclusive keynote will set the table for news media and bridge the gap since our last World Congress four years ago.
Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer, INMA, United States
Earl J. Wilkinson
10:00 a.m.-10:45 a.m.
Generative AI must generate for journalism
The threat AI poses to journalism and to the value of the intellectual property created by publishers everywhere is the focus of this fireside chat with the CEO of News Corp. Two years ago, Robert Thomson channeled Winston Churchill by suggesting that platforms paying for journalism was just “the end of the beginning.” If generative AI is the next chapter, we all have an important role to play to ensure it is also generative of revenue. Nothing less than the ability of publishers to continue producing quality journalism in the public interest is at stake.
Chief Executive Officer, News Corp, United States
10:45 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
How winning organisations understand how to deploy new and old power
How to connect news media leadership with the definitive guide to spreading ideas, building movements, and leaping ahead in a chaotic, connected age is the focus of this keynote presentation. In an address of significant importance to media leaders, learn how the “Goliaths” are being toppled by the “Davids” of the world – replacing the zero-sum currency of old power with the open and participatory current of new power. What can news media companies learn from these concepts that are sweeping the world?
Co-Founder, Chief Executive Officer, Purpose, United States
President, Chief Executive Officer, Lincoln Center, Co-Author, New Power, Co-Founder #GivingTuesday, United States
11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
It’s been four years since the last in-person World Congress. Take advantage of this reconnection by talking with peers, setting up one-on-one meetings, learning more from solution providers, and more during this extended networking break.
12:15 p.m.-1:15 p.m.
The path to 2030: What CEOs believe will happen next with news media
Building on the opening keynote, learn directly from the top CEOs in news media about priorities and trends as well as well as opportunities and threats. Where are we in the great digital transformation, and what’s next? What does the landscape look like to them by 2030, and what needs to change now to get there? Where are we on the pendulum swing between consumer and advertising revenue? And what are the big bets beyond traditional revenue?
Chief Executive Officer, Stuff, New Zealand
Chief Executive Officer, InfoGlobo, Brazil
Chief Executive Officer, South China Morning Post, Hong Kong
Managing Director, Chief Executive Officer, HT Media Group, India
Chief Executive Officer, Mediahuis Group, Belgium
1:15 p.m.-2:15 p.m.
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What other kind of lunch is there these days than a “working lunch”? Re-charge your battery after a morning of strategy with an opportunity to network and connect with peers and solution providers. Take a quick power walk around Times Square before tackling an afternoon of sessions.
2:15 p.m.-3:00 p.m.
Newsmaker fireside chat: A.G. Sulzberger of The New York Times
In a fireside chat with INMA, the publisher of The New York Times will focus on a range of issues such as digital transformation, subscriptions, the challenges of an independent press, the future of the information ecosystem, and the opportunities and threats of generative AI, among other subjects.
Chairman and Publisher, The New York Times, United States
3:00 p.m.-3:45 p.m.
How editors are embracing the business of news
In an extraordinary panel discussion, learn how newsrooms are mastering data, experiences, and culture to make journalism more discoverable and relevant in a fragmenting world – whether a subscription model or not. Learn whether newsrooms are leaning toward being data-informed or data-obsessed, and engage with our panel of chief editors on how far journalists should go on this front.
Editorial Director, Organización Editorial Mexicana (OEM), Mexico
Martha Ramos Sosa
3:45 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
Caffeine and sugar surprises mixed with healthy snacks will get you through the inevitable down period of a long day of sessions. Bonus: Meet new friends and colleagues.
4:30 p.m.-5:00 p.m.
People and organisations: diversity and inclusion
The “talent equation” continues to come up in the global INMA conversation among media companies. How to prioritise diversity and inclusion while moving beyond silos and celebrating a culture of learning and growing?
Group Chief Financial Officer, Ringier and Founder Equal Voice, Switzerland
5:00 p.m.-5:30 p.m.
Futureproofing journalism: How to connect business and culture for sustainable impact
Leaders are facing a radical transformation of the talent and culture landscape: talent scarcity, hybrid work culture, ESG-expectations, generational tensions in the workplace, and disruptive technologies that impact every aspect of work. HR is no longer a side show. It is front and center. The time is now to be bold and go beyond traditional HR practices to create new approaches that deliver true value. This closing keynote will address practical steps for the media industry to create sustainable impact by connecting culture and business.
President, Talent & Culture, Member, Executive Board, Axel Springer, Germany
5:30 p.m.-5:45 p.m.
Takeaways of the day
Distill the key learnings of the day with an INMA tradition: identifying commonalities, spotting outliers, and prioritising what to take home in this end-of-day wrap-up.
Senior Media Reporter, Axios, United States
5:45 p.m.-7:15 p.m.
Wine and cheese reception
Celebrate a packed day at World Congress (a packed week for some!) at this wine and cheese reception. Then enjoy an evening of business dinners, Broadway shows, and even early-evening shopping.
8:00 a.m.-9:00 a.m.
By the final day of World Congress, you know the routine. Today is your last opportunity to meet face-to-face with colleagues and solution providers. Schedule meetings in our Networking Lounge, and make the most of being in-person. Only a pandemic could remind us how precious those minutes are.
9:00 a.m.-9:15 a.m.
Welcome back: What we’ve learned so far
Not sure you’re at an INMA conference? Learn more about what this week’s study tours and workshops taught us, INMA priorities, and what the day ahead looks like.
9:15 a.m.-9:45 a.m.
The most interesting thing in tech
Technology is moving so fast, how can we make sure we keep up the pace? How does each new tech development impact us?How will the world’s dominant tech corporations—Apple, Google, Facebook, Amazon, Microsoft—interact with news media in the future? How will artificial intelligence change our business, the way we work and solve problems? Why companies where they’ve figured out systems where AIs and humans can work together are the most efficient? A deep dive into the most interesting things in tech.
Chief Executive Officer, The Atlantic, United States
9:45 a.m.-10:15 a.m.
The future of AI and where it likely will intersect with news media
Artificial Intelligence (AI) is nothing new, as nearly half of media companies have deployed elements in recent years. Yet the newest generation of text and image bots, like ChatGPT, have democratised access and opened imaginations to immediate applications that seemed out of reach yesterday. In this opening keynote presentation, learn where AI is heading and what the likely priorities should be for news media in the next two years.
Chief Executive Officer, Founder, The Cantellus Group, Member, AI Global Council, World Economic Forum, United States
10:15 a.m.-11:00 a.m.
How AI is transforming news media, now and in the future
Hear directly from the leading lights in news media about how technology is re-shaping the future of our industry. Specifically, this panel will focus on emerging interfaces, the digital opportunities and threats, and how the c-suite should look at emerging technologies in the short-, mid-, and long-term.
Head, Foresight and Emerging Interfaces, Schibsted, Norway
Chief Executive Officer, KSTA Media, Germany
11:00 a.m.-11:45 a.m.
“Face time” never seemed so important until we lost it during the pandemic. In this final networking break of the INMA World Congress, circle back on the people and companies you have not yet met. Rebuild your professional networks.
11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m.
Trust as a cornerstone of news media strategy
Every company and every brand wants to be trusted. But how to apply that principle to a news media company’s strategy? In this session, look at the principles being applied and the obstacles to overcome to bridge aspirations and reality from a skeptical public tiring of institutions (like news media).
Executive Vice President, Managing Director, Digital News and Streaming, BBC Studios, United States
Chief Executive Officer, Founder, The Trust Project, United States
Head, Kleine Zeitung Next, Styria, Austria
12:45 a.m.-2:00 p.m
As we break for lunch and as we ease toward our final networking opportunity, what final meeting do you need to prioritise that will deliver maximum return on investment for your company and your career?
2:00 p.m.-2:45 p.m.
Keeping it real: Overcoming the challenges of reaching Gen Z
The media c-suite is obsessed with Generation Z. From their distrust of institutions to their embrace of diversity and social justice, today’s 10- to 25-year-olds – born between 1997 and 2012 – Gen Z is engaging and buying differently than previous cohorts. In this panel, learn what cutting-edge media companies are doing to engage Gen Z.
Founder, Shit You Should Care About, New Zealand
Consultant, Former Head of Editorial, SnapChat, United States
2:45 p.m.-3:30 p.m.
Interactive formats: What’s working (and not working)?
From live video to non-news products to NFT collaborations to audio, news media companies are pushing hard on interactive formats. In this panel of mini-case studies, get briefed on initiatives that are moving the needle of revenue and engagement and ask questions of the innovators.
The future of reader revenue: What we can learn from The New York Times?
Join us for a thought-provoking fireside chat with Hannah Yang of the New York Times, as she discusses her role of the Chief Growth Officer, the key drivers of the Times’ growth after the pandemic, and the strategic dilemmas it is facing now, such as balancing the volume and value of subscribers amid the industry headwinds. How does the Times plan to reach its North Star goal of 15 million subscribers by 2027? Hannah will be interviewed on stage by INMA’s expert Greg Piechota who will start the session with an executive briefing on the state of digital subscriptions worldwide.
Chief Growth and Customer Officer, The New York Times, United States
Readers First Initiative Lead, INMA, United Kingdom
4:15 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
Takeaways of the day
From tech to business models to an array of opportunities, what did we learn today? Take home this distillation by INMA to share with colleagues back home.
Senior Media Reporter, Axios, United States
4:30 p.m.-4:45 p.m.
World Congress conclusions and wrap-up
As the programming component of World Congress Week wraps up, what did we learn from our five days in New York? This session will distill the distillations into actionable points – with an eye toward what comes next for INMA.
President, INMA, United States
Maribel Perez Wadsworth
6:30 p.m.-11:30 p.m.
Global Media Awards dinner and ceremonies
Whether a finalist or not, you won’t want to miss this extraordinary evening at the Harvard Club of New York – reception, dinner, awards ceremony, and after-party.