Beyond the Printed Word (Nov. 9-10) preview


Although was on sabbatical much of the Northern Hemisphere summer, I was inregular contact with Ifra, the world’s leading association for newspaper and media publishing, helping to organize their annual Beyond the Printed Word conference about new-media. Last year’s conference in Madrid sold out attendence and this year’s in Vienna on November 9-10 is well towards that.

I’m particularly proud of the speakers we’ve enlisted.

The keynote address about ‘Empowering the Community’ will be delivered by Robert. S. Cauthorn (top left above), the founder and CEO,, former vice president of digital publishing at the San Francisco Chronicle, and an early winner of the Newspaper Association of America’s New Media Pioneer award.

Julie Rutherford (top row, 2nd from left) of The Washington Post will speak about marketihng websites through search engines. The topic of Simon Waldman (top row, 2nd from right), group director of digital strategy for The Guardian Media Group in London, will be ‘Decentralized content business models.’ The British consultant Suw Charman (top right), will speak about whether news publications are using social software correctly.

Jennifer Lewis (middle row left), the editor of Singapore Press Holding’s STOMP community site, will speak about how to launch a community site. Gunnar Springfeldt (middle row, 2nd from left), the development director of the Stampen Group in Sweden, will talk about how to buy such sites. And Michiel van der Meer (middle row, right), the managing director of, will talk about online classifieds.

On the second day of the conference, Rob Curley (middle row, 2nd from right), the director of new media and convergence at the Naples Daily News in Florida but who on October 1st will take the new post of vice president of product development at Washingtonpost.Newsweek Interactive, will give a keynote address about Innovative uses of digital media.

Kyoo Kim (bottom right) MSNBC’s Vice President of Sales and formerly of Belo Interactive, will talk about new revenue ideas. The progress of new-media in Australia (which Bob Cauthorn today told was quite advanced) will be covered by Mike van Niekerk (bottom row, 2nd from right), the The managing editor of that continent’s Fairfax Digital. And Mikal Rohde (of whom I don’t have a photo), the CEO of Norway’s Sesam, will talk about home-grown search solutions for publications.

Annelies van den Belt (bottom left), the new media director of the Telegraph Group in London and I (bottom row, 2nd from left) co-chair and will co-moderate the conference, which will be held at the Vienna Hilton.

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