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Media leaders meet in Oxford for the first Editor & CEO Forum

by Thomson Reuters Foundation
Monday, 7 April 2014 15:21 GMT

News industry leaders, editors, and CEOs of major newspapers met in Oxford on 3-4 April to discuss key opportunities and challenges facing news organisations in a rapidly changing environment.

Hosted by the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism (RISJ), the Editor and CEO Forum gathered high-level participants from The Hindu (India), Asahi Shimbun (Japan), and La Nacion (Argentina), as well as executives from newspapers across Europe, including Irish Times, Le Monde, Neue Zürcher Zeitung, Berlinske, Huffington Post Italy, The Guardian and the Financial Times.

Thomson Reuters Foundation has supported the RISJ programme of visiting fellowships for journalists from around the world at Oxford since 1983. The RISJ builds on this tradition and is now a university research centre for international comparative journalism.

“The Forum is direct evidence of how the Reuters Institute is uniquely positioned  to facilitate a strong and enriching dialogue between industry leaders and researchers worldwide,” said Monique Villa, CEO of the Thomson Reuters Foundation. “I was particularly impressed by the contribution made by Alan Rusbridger from the Guardian, Lionel Barber from the Financial Times, and Natalie Nougayrede from Le Monde, who brought their experience and expertise to the table, guaranteeing a very lively discussion.”

Participants discussed a wide range of topics, including: the implications of the Edward Snowden affair on journalism; different approaches to paying for news online; the challenges of innovation for legacy news organisations, and rules for sponsored content.

"We hope to develop the Forum into an annual meeting to enable leaders to share their experiences, stimulate new thinking, and contribute new insights and ideas that  further enrich the research agenda and relevance of the work of the Reuters Institute,” said David Levy, Director of the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism.

To learn more about the work of the RISJ, please visit: https://reutersinstitute.politics.ox.ac.uk/

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