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World News Media Congress 2015

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World News Media Congress, 1 June 2015, Washington, D.C, United States of America. Image ©Dan Taylor/Heisenberg Media - http://www.heisenbergmedia.com/

World News Media Congress, 1 June 2015, Washington, D.C, United States of America. Image ©Dan Taylor/Heisenberg Media – http://www.heisenbergmedia.com/



The World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers 67th World News Media Congress · 22nd World Editors Forum · 25th World Advertising Forum was held in Washington, D.C. June 1-3 2015. Billed as the most prestigious event for news media professionals, media executives from 80 countries converged on Washington, D.C..

This was my first time shooting in D.C., and my first return to the U.S. for quite some time. I had just returned to London from the Connected Conference, managed to get a few hours of sleep and recharge the batteries (for the camera, that is), before heading back to Heathrow for a direct flight to D.C..

Having checked in with BA when booking my ticket, I managed to ensure a seat on the brand new Airbus A380, a wish I’ve been striving to fulfill ever since the first flights started. Not only is this mechanic marvel massive, but I’m convinced by being so large, experiences little turbulence. At least for my 7 hour flight. Smooth sailing all the way.

World News Media Congress, 31 May 2015, Washington, D.C, United States of America. Image ©Dan Taylor/Heisenberg Media - http://www.heisenbergmedia.com/

World News Media Congress, 31 May 2015, Washington, D.C, United States of America. Image ©Dan Taylor/Heisenberg Media – http://www.heisenbergmedia.com/



Kicking off the event, VIPs and speakers were treated to a private viewing and canapés selection at the Newseum. A highly appropriate venue, and one I’d like to go back to some day and have a proper look. Amidst the pieces of news history, on the very top floor, almost hidden away, I discovered the WTC room. Here, the museum contains the radio town from WTC one. It’s snarled and mangled, and the entire room contains front page editions from national and international newspapers. Having witnessed 9/11 firsthand, I can say it was a bit of an emotional experience. Not one that I drag up regularly, but having been there, … well…yeah. And let’s not tell the Newseum staff, but I said a private word and touched my hand to the tower in memory of all those that lost their lives that fateful day.

The WAN-IFRA event is decidedly “all business”. That’s not to say there isn’t a fair share of fun happening, but the evening activities concluded at 5pm, and the gala dinner was done by 10:30pm. Generally, in my normal shooting schedules, these are the times when I have a few minutes before the dinner, or before the club/bar party. Don’t get me wrong, no complaints. I was quite happy to have a standard 8 hour shooting day, as opposed to the normal 12+.

World News Media Congress, 1 June 2015, Washington, D.C, United States of America. Image ©Dan Taylor/Heisenberg Media - http://www.heisenbergmedia.com/

World News Media Congress, 1 June 2015, Washington, D.C, United States of America. Image ©Dan Taylor/Heisenberg Media – http://www.heisenbergmedia.com/



The three day event kicked off with the presentation of the Golden Pen award. While there have been many winners in previous years, this year was a bit special, as it was dedicated to every journalist (written or photographic) that has been killed in the line of duty. As a photographer, these are some of my brothers and sisters in arms that have made the ultimate sacrifice in search of the truth.

To commemorate this award, individuals were given a small battery operated candle at their seats, and the lights were dimmed. The Harlem Gospel Choir performed a stunning rendition of “Amazing Grace”. The sea of small candles in a darkened room was absolutely stunning. Almost as if this was planned, the organisation had projected their logo on the ceiling at the entranceway, and I ran to the back of the auditorium to capture this candle scene along with the logo.

Day 2 featured another round of big players in the newspaper world, most notably, Arthur O. Sulzberger, Jr., Chairman, The New York Times Company & Publisher, The New York Times. The shot I got of Mr. Sulzberger would eventually end up front and centre on WAN-IFRA’s website, and subsequently on the radar of all attendees.

As mentioned above, the Gala dinner also took place on the second evening. It was quite a nice sight to see a number of ballgowns and tuxedos. Not too much dancing was done after dinner, but there were some truly striking folks crowded around tables.

World News Media Congress, 3 June 2015, Washington, D.C, United States of America. Image ©Dan Taylor/Heisenberg Media - http://www.heisenbergmedia.com/

World News Media Congress, 3 June 2015, Washington, D.C, United States of America. Image ©Dan Taylor/Heisenberg Media – http://www.heisenbergmedia.com/



Rounding out the program on day 3, attendees were greeted with another round of talks. Having shot a variety of angles of the stage, I decided to focus a bit more on the audience and to go heavy on twitter. I’d grab my shots of the speaker, run back to my machine, and while processing, I’d listen for a juicy quote and then bang it out to twitter with one of my shots attached. Fairly decent RT and favouriting rate, ultimately leading to opening a conversation with a potential new distribution channel. More on that soon…

After the closing remarks, it was no lounging for me, as I had to hop in my rented Mustang (thanks for that one British Airways) and get myself to Dulles airport to catch the overnight back to London.

This is the second conference I’ve done for WAN-IFRA, and it’s always nice to take a step outside the tech world and see what other major business units are doing and thinking. The funny thing about print media, it’s been rumoured to be dead for years, but after what was discussed and presented over 3 days in D.C., I’d beg to differ.

Publishers are acutely aware of where their audiences are, and while they might have been slow to perfect their digital strategy, I heard and saw a few things that made me say, “Hmmm…ok. Fair enough. Now let’s see how you execute.”

All in all, a brilliant flight, fun driving a Mustang, and another great conference in the bag. WAN-IFRA is planning the 2016 edition and Cartagena, Colombia, and guess who they’ve already invited along for the ride? Should be a fun one!

Enjoy, and until the next shoot – Dan

Preshow

World News Media Congress, 31 May 2015, Washington, D.C, United States of America. Image ©Dan Taylor/Heisenberg Media - http://www.heisenbergmedia.com/

World News Media Congress, 31 May 2015, Washington, D.C, United States of America. Image ©Dan Taylor/Heisenberg Media – http://www.heisenbergmedia.com/

World News Media Congress, 31 May 2015, Washington, D.C, United States of America. Image ©Dan Taylor/Heisenberg Media - http://www.heisenbergmedia.com/

World News Media Congress, 31 May 2015, Washington, D.C, United States of America. Image ©Dan Taylor/Heisenberg Media – http://www.heisenbergmedia.com/

World News Media Congress, 31 May 2015, Washington, D.C, United States of America. Image ©Dan Taylor/Heisenberg Media - http://www.heisenbergmedia.com/

World News Media Congress, 31 May 2015, Washington, D.C, United States of America. Image ©Dan Taylor/Heisenberg Media – http://www.heisenbergmedia.com/

World News Media Congress, 31 May 2015, Washington, D.C, United States of America. Image ©Dan Taylor/Heisenberg Media - http://www.heisenbergmedia.com/

World News Media Congress, 31 May 2015, Washington, D.C, United States of America. Image ©Dan Taylor/Heisenberg Media – http://www.heisenbergmedia.com/

World News Media Congress, 31 May 2015, Washington, D.C, United States of America. Image ©Dan Taylor/Heisenberg Media - http://www.heisenbergmedia.com/

World News Media Congress, 31 May 2015, Washington, D.C, United States of America. Image ©Dan Taylor/Heisenberg Media – http://www.heisenbergmedia.com/

World News Media Congress, 31 May 2015, Washington, D.C, United States of America. Image ©Dan Taylor/Heisenberg Media - http://www.heisenbergmedia.com/

World News Media Congress, 31 May 2015, Washington, D.C, United States of America. Image ©Dan Taylor/Heisenberg Media – http://www.heisenbergmedia.com/

World News Media Congress, 31 May 2015, Washington, D.C, United States of America. Image ©Dan Taylor/Heisenberg Media - http://www.heisenbergmedia.com/

World News Media Congress, 31 May 2015, Washington, D.C, United States of America. Image ©Dan Taylor/Heisenberg Media – http://www.heisenbergmedia.com/

World News Media Congress, 31 May 2015, Washington, D.C, United States of America. Image ©Dan Taylor/Heisenberg Media - http://www.heisenbergmedia.com/

World News Media Congress, 31 May 2015, Washington, D.C, United States of America. Image ©Dan Taylor/Heisenberg Media – http://www.heisenbergmedia.com/

Day 1

World News Media Congress, 1 June 2015, Washington, D.C, United States of America. Image ©Dan Taylor/Heisenberg Media - http://www.heisenbergmedia.com/

World News Media Congress, 1 June 2015, Washington, D.C, United States of America. Image ©Dan Taylor/Heisenberg Media – http://www.heisenbergmedia.com/

World News Media Congress, 1 June 2015, Washington, D.C, United States of America. Image ©Dan Taylor/Heisenberg Media - http://www.heisenbergmedia.com/

World News Media Congress, 1 June 2015, Washington, D.C, United States of America. Image ©Dan Taylor/Heisenberg Media – http://www.heisenbergmedia.com/

World News Media Congress, 1 June 2015, Washington, D.C, United States of America. Image ©Dan Taylor/Heisenberg Media - http://www.heisenbergmedia.com/

World News Media Congress, 1 June 2015, Washington, D.C, United States of America. Image ©Dan Taylor/Heisenberg Media – http://www.heisenbergmedia.com/

World News Media Congress, 1 June 2015, Washington, D.C, United States of America. Image ©Dan Taylor/Heisenberg Media - http://www.heisenbergmedia.com/

World News Media Congress, 1 June 2015, Washington, D.C, United States of America. Image ©Dan Taylor/Heisenberg Media – http://www.heisenbergmedia.com/

World News Media Congress, 1 June 2015, Washington, D.C, United States of America. Image ©Dan Taylor/Heisenberg Media - http://www.heisenbergmedia.com/

World News Media Congress, 1 June 2015, Washington, D.C, United States of America. Image ©Dan Taylor/Heisenberg Media – http://www.heisenbergmedia.com/

World News Media Congress, 1 June 2015, Washington, D.C, United States of America. Image ©Dan Taylor/Heisenberg Media - http://www.heisenbergmedia.com/

World News Media Congress, 1 June 2015, Washington, D.C, United States of America. Image ©Dan Taylor/Heisenberg Media – http://www.heisenbergmedia.com/

World News Media Congress, 1 June 2015, Washington, D.C, United States of America. Image ©Dan Taylor/Heisenberg Media - http://www.heisenbergmedia.com/

World News Media Congress, 1 June 2015, Washington, D.C, United States of America. Image ©Dan Taylor/Heisenberg Media – http://www.heisenbergmedia.com/

World News Media Congress, 1 June 2015, Washington, D.C, United States of America. Image ©Dan Taylor/Heisenberg Media - http://www.heisenbergmedia.com/

World News Media Congress, 1 June 2015, Washington, D.C, United States of America. Image ©Dan Taylor/Heisenberg Media – http://www.heisenbergmedia.com/

World News Media Congress, 1 June 2015, Washington, D.C, United States of America. Image ©Dan Taylor/Heisenberg Media - http://www.heisenbergmedia.com/

World News Media Congress, 1 June 2015, Washington, D.C, United States of America. Image ©Dan Taylor/Heisenberg Media – http://www.heisenbergmedia.com/

World News Media Congress, 1 June 2015, Washington, D.C, United States of America. Image ©Dan Taylor/Heisenberg Media - http://www.heisenbergmedia.com/

World News Media Congress, 1 June 2015, Washington, D.C, United States of America. Image ©Dan Taylor/Heisenberg Media – http://www.heisenbergmedia.com/

World News Media Congress, 1 June 2015, Washington, D.C, United States of America. Image ©Dan Taylor/Heisenberg Media - http://www.heisenbergmedia.com/

World News Media Congress, 1 June 2015, Washington, D.C, United States of America. Image ©Dan Taylor/Heisenberg Media – http://www.heisenbergmedia.com/

World News Media Congress, 1 June 2015, Washington, D.C, United States of America. Image ©Dan Taylor/Heisenberg Media - http://www.heisenbergmedia.com/

World News Media Congress, 1 June 2015, Washington, D.C, United States of America. Image ©Dan Taylor/Heisenberg Media – http://www.heisenbergmedia.com/

World News Media Congress, 1 June 2015, Washington, D.C, United States of America. Image ©Dan Taylor/Heisenberg Media - http://www.heisenbergmedia.com/

World News Media Congress, 1 June 2015, Washington, D.C, United States of America. Image ©Dan Taylor/Heisenberg Media – http://www.heisenbergmedia.com/

World News Media Congress, 1 June 2015, Washington, D.C, United States of America. Image ©Dan Taylor/Heisenberg Media - http://www.heisenbergmedia.com/

World News Media Congress, 1 June 2015, Washington, D.C, United States of America. Image ©Dan Taylor/Heisenberg Media – http://www.heisenbergmedia.com/

World News Media Congress, 1 June 2015, Washington, D.C, United States of America. Image ©Dan Taylor/Heisenberg Media - http://www.heisenbergmedia.com/

World News Media Congress, 1 June 2015, Washington, D.C, United States of America. Image ©Dan Taylor/Heisenberg Media – http://www.heisenbergmedia.com/

World News Media Congress, 1 June 2015, Washington, D.C, United States of America. Image ©Dan Taylor/Heisenberg Media - http://www.heisenbergmedia.com/

World News Media Congress, 1 June 2015, Washington, D.C, United States of America. Image ©Dan Taylor/Heisenberg Media – http://www.heisenbergmedia.com/

Day 2

World News Media Congress, 2 June 2015, Washington, D.C, United States of America. Image ©Dan Taylor/Heisenberg Media - http://www.heisenbergmedia.com/

World News Media Congress, 2 June 2015, Washington, D.C, United States of America. Image ©Dan Taylor/Heisenberg Media – http://www.heisenbergmedia.com/

World News Media Congress, 2 June 2015, Washington, D.C, United States of America. Image ©Dan Taylor/Heisenberg Media - http://www.heisenbergmedia.com/

World News Media Congress, 2 June 2015, Washington, D.C, United States of America. Image ©Dan Taylor/Heisenberg Media – http://www.heisenbergmedia.com/

World News Media Congress, 2 June 2015, Washington, D.C, United States of America. Image ©Dan Taylor/Heisenberg Media - http://www.heisenbergmedia.com/

World News Media Congress, 2 June 2015, Washington, D.C, United States of America. Image ©Dan Taylor/Heisenberg Media – http://www.heisenbergmedia.com/

World News Media Congress, 2 June 2015, Washington, D.C, United States of America. Image ©Dan Taylor/Heisenberg Media - http://www.heisenbergmedia.com/

World News Media Congress, 2 June 2015, Washington, D.C, United States of America. Image ©Dan Taylor/Heisenberg Media – http://www.heisenbergmedia.com/

World News Media Congress, 2 June 2015, Washington, D.C, United States of America. Image ©Dan Taylor/Heisenberg Media - http://www.heisenbergmedia.com/

World News Media Congress, 2 June 2015, Washington, D.C, United States of America. Image ©Dan Taylor/Heisenberg Media – http://www.heisenbergmedia.com/

World News Media Congress, 2 June 2015, Washington, D.C, United States of America. Image ©Dan Taylor/Heisenberg Media - http://www.heisenbergmedia.com/

World News Media Congress, 2 June 2015, Washington, D.C, United States of America. Image ©Dan Taylor/Heisenberg Media – http://www.heisenbergmedia.com/

World News Media Congress, 2 June 2015, Washington, D.C, United States of America. Image ©Dan Taylor/Heisenberg Media - http://www.heisenbergmedia.com/

World News Media Congress, 2 June 2015, Washington, D.C, United States of America. Image ©Dan Taylor/Heisenberg Media – http://www.heisenbergmedia.com/

World News Media Congress, 2 June 2015, Washington, D.C, United States of America. Image ©Dan Taylor/Heisenberg Media - http://www.heisenbergmedia.com/

World News Media Congress, 2 June 2015, Washington, D.C, United States of America. Image ©Dan Taylor/Heisenberg Media – http://www.heisenbergmedia.com/

World News Media Congress, 2 June 2015, Washington, D.C, United States of America. Image ©Dan Taylor/Heisenberg Media - http://www.heisenbergmedia.com/

World News Media Congress, 2 June 2015, Washington, D.C, United States of America. Image ©Dan Taylor/Heisenberg Media – http://www.heisenbergmedia.com/

World News Media Congress, 2 June 2015, Washington, D.C, United States of America. Image ©Dan Taylor/Heisenberg Media - http://www.heisenbergmedia.com/

World News Media Congress, 2 June 2015, Washington, D.C, United States of America. Image ©Dan Taylor/Heisenberg Media – http://www.heisenbergmedia.com/

World News Media Congress, 2 June 2015, Washington, D.C, United States of America. Image ©Dan Taylor/Heisenberg Media - http://www.heisenbergmedia.com/

World News Media Congress, 2 June 2015, Washington, D.C, United States of America. Image ©Dan Taylor/Heisenberg Media – http://www.heisenbergmedia.com/

World News Media Congress, 2 June 2015, Washington, D.C, United States of America. Image ©Dan Taylor/Heisenberg Media - http://www.heisenbergmedia.com/

World News Media Congress, 2 June 2015, Washington, D.C, United States of America. Image ©Dan Taylor/Heisenberg Media – http://www.heisenbergmedia.com/

World News Media Congress, 2 June 2015, Washington, D.C, United States of America. Image ©Dan Taylor/Heisenberg Media - http://www.heisenbergmedia.com/

World News Media Congress, 2 June 2015, Washington, D.C, United States of America. Image ©Dan Taylor/Heisenberg Media – http://www.heisenbergmedia.com/

World News Media Congress, 2 June 2015, Washington, D.C, United States of America. Image ©Dan Taylor/Heisenberg Media - http://www.heisenbergmedia.com/

World News Media Congress, 2 June 2015, Washington, D.C, United States of America. Image ©Dan Taylor/Heisenberg Media – http://www.heisenbergmedia.com/

World News Media Congress, 2 June 2015, Washington, D.C, United States of America. Image ©Dan Taylor/Heisenberg Media - http://www.heisenbergmedia.com/

World News Media Congress, 2 June 2015, Washington, D.C, United States of America. Image ©Dan Taylor/Heisenberg Media – http://www.heisenbergmedia.com/

World News Media Congress, 2 June 2015, Washington, D.C, United States of America. Image ©Dan Taylor/Heisenberg Media - http://www.heisenbergmedia.com/

World News Media Congress, 2 June 2015, Washington, D.C, United States of America. Image ©Dan Taylor/Heisenberg Media – http://www.heisenbergmedia.com/

World News Media Congress, 2 June 2015, Washington, D.C, United States of America. Image ©Dan Taylor/Heisenberg Media - http://www.heisenbergmedia.com/

World News Media Congress, 2 June 2015, Washington, D.C, United States of America. Image ©Dan Taylor/Heisenberg Media – http://www.heisenbergmedia.com/

Day 3

World News Media Congress, 3 June 2015, Washington, D.C, United States of America. Image ©Dan Taylor/Heisenberg Media - http://www.heisenbergmedia.com/

World News Media Congress, 3 June 2015, Washington, D.C, United States of America. Image ©Dan Taylor/Heisenberg Media – http://www.heisenbergmedia.com/

World News Media Congress, 3 June 2015, Washington, D.C, United States of America. Image ©Dan Taylor/Heisenberg Media - http://www.heisenbergmedia.com/

World News Media Congress, 3 June 2015, Washington, D.C, United States of America. Image ©Dan Taylor/Heisenberg Media – http://www.heisenbergmedia.com/

World News Media Congress, 3 June 2015, Washington, D.C, United States of America. Image ©Dan Taylor/Heisenberg Media - http://www.heisenbergmedia.com/

World News Media Congress, 3 June 2015, Washington, D.C, United States of America. Image ©Dan Taylor/Heisenberg Media – http://www.heisenbergmedia.com/

World News Media Congress, 3 June 2015, Washington, D.C, United States of America. Image ©Dan Taylor/Heisenberg Media - http://www.heisenbergmedia.com/

World News Media Congress, 3 June 2015, Washington, D.C, United States of America. Image ©Dan Taylor/Heisenberg Media – http://www.heisenbergmedia.com/

World News Media Congress, 3 June 2015, Washington, D.C, United States of America. Image ©Dan Taylor/Heisenberg Media - http://www.heisenbergmedia.com/

World News Media Congress, 3 June 2015, Washington, D.C, United States of America. Image ©Dan Taylor/Heisenberg Media – http://www.heisenbergmedia.com/

World News Media Congress, 3 June 2015, Washington, D.C, United States of America. Image ©Dan Taylor/Heisenberg Media - http://www.heisenbergmedia.com/

World News Media Congress, 3 June 2015, Washington, D.C, United States of America. Image ©Dan Taylor/Heisenberg Media – http://www.heisenbergmedia.com/

World News Media Congress, 3 June 2015, Washington, D.C, United States of America. Image ©Dan Taylor/Heisenberg Media - http://www.heisenbergmedia.com/

World News Media Congress, 3 June 2015, Washington, D.C, United States of America. Image ©Dan Taylor/Heisenberg Media – http://www.heisenbergmedia.com/

World News Media Congress, 3 June 2015, Washington, D.C, United States of America. Image ©Dan Taylor/Heisenberg Media - http://www.heisenbergmedia.com/

World News Media Congress, 3 June 2015, Washington, D.C, United States of America. Image ©Dan Taylor/Heisenberg Media – http://www.heisenbergmedia.com/

World News Media Congress, 3 June 2015, Washington, D.C, United States of America. Image ©Dan Taylor/Heisenberg Media - http://www.heisenbergmedia.com/

World News Media Congress, 3 June 2015, Washington, D.C, United States of America. Image ©Dan Taylor/Heisenberg Media – http://www.heisenbergmedia.com/

World News Media Congress, 3 June 2015, Washington, D.C, United States of America. Image ©Dan Taylor/Heisenberg Media - http://www.heisenbergmedia.com/

World News Media Congress, 3 June 2015, Washington, D.C, United States of America. Image ©Dan Taylor/Heisenberg Media – http://www.heisenbergmedia.com/

World News Media Congress, 3 June 2015, Washington, D.C, United States of America. Image ©Dan Taylor/Heisenberg Media - http://www.heisenbergmedia.com/

World News Media Congress, 3 June 2015, Washington, D.C, United States of America. Image ©Dan Taylor/Heisenberg Media – http://www.heisenbergmedia.com/

World News Media Congress, 3 June 2015, Washington, D.C, United States of America. Image ©Dan Taylor/Heisenberg Media - http://www.heisenbergmedia.com/

World News Media Congress, 3 June 2015, Washington, D.C, United States of America. Image ©Dan Taylor/Heisenberg Media – http://www.heisenbergmedia.com/

World News Media Congress, 3 June 2015, Washington, D.C, United States of America. Image ©Dan Taylor/Heisenberg Media - http://www.heisenbergmedia.com/

World News Media Congress, 3 June 2015, Washington, D.C, United States of America. Image ©Dan Taylor/Heisenberg Media – http://www.heisenbergmedia.com/

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