26 January 2012
Cherilyn Ireton, a South African editor and successful senior manager at some of the country’s top newspapers, has been appointed executive director of the World Editors Forum, the global organisation for editors within the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA).
Ireton is the first woman to head the World Editors Forum, which was created in 1994 as a unique global network for exchanging ideas on newsroom management, editorial quality, online strategies and press freedom issues.
Ireton is a seasoned newspaper professional with more than 20 years’ experience on South Africa’s top newspapers, including the Sunday Times and Business Day, where she worked as a journalist, editorial manager and chief operations officer.
For the past six years she has been based in London, consulting on media matters to a variety of international organisations and governments.
“The World Editors Forum needs to build on its role as the leadership hub for editors by providing meaningful spaces, both physical and virtual, for editors to share intelligence, innovative ideas and their experiences with their peers,” Ireton said in a statement this week.
“Our interest must be in helping editors of news organisations lead change that builds loyal readership, strengthens titles and news brands.
“While attention to content delivery channels is vital to the future of newspapers, our focus must equally be on ensuring that high editorial standards and ethics are upheld and that young readers are introduced to the joy and power that news and information can bring,” she said.
A unique annual occasion
The Forum runs the Editors Weblog and organises several conferences and study tours, including an annual Newsroom Summit and its flagship event: the World Editors Forum Conference, intended for chief editors and other senior executives, a unique annual occasion for dialogue, debate and idea-exchange on the changing business of editing newspapers.
The World Editors Forum conference is held annually alongside the World Newspaper Congress. Together the meetings are the global annual summit meetings of the world’s press.
WAN-IFRA, based in Paris, France, and Darmstadt, Germany, with subsidiaries in Singapore, India, Spain, France and Sweden, is the global organisation of the world’s newspapers and news publishers.
It represents more than 18 000 publications, 15 000 online sites and over 3 000 companies in more than 120 countries.
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