will take place on June 13-15, 2019, in Sofia.
The Sixth News Agencies World Congress will be hosted by the Bulgarian News Agency (BTA) and will be under the motto “The Future of News”. The Congress panels will cover topics such as: “New Sources of Revenue”, “Fake News”, “Artificial Intelligence” and “Diversification” among others.
The Congress will be attended by:
- Directors of over 150 leading news agencies around the world;
- Prominent journalists from the most influential media around the globe;
- Key management figures from Facebook, Google and Twitter, publishers and editors-in-chief of the New York Times, the BBC and the CNN, as well as UN Secretary General António Guterres;
- Statesmen, businessmen and intellectuals from over 100 countries.
The News Agencies World Congress has been taking place once every three years, since its first edition in 2004. The first News Agencies World Congress was held in Moscow in September, 2004, at the initiative of Russian news agency TASS. Long before this, regional news organizations were founded. In 1956, the European Alliance of News Agencies (EANA) was established at an international conference on media technologies in Strasbourg. Five years later, UNESCO initiated the founding of the Organization of Asia-Pacific News Agencies. In 1964, the Federation of Arab News Agencies (FANA) was established. Although these regional organizations were doing their utmost to strengthen cooperation and information exchange among member agencies, find ways of tackling common challenges, there was a need for single platform that would group all news agencies of the world. To this end the News Agencies World Congress was established. The second, third, fourth and fifth Congresses were held in Spain, Argentina, Saudi Arabia and Azerbaijan respectively.
The Congress attracts news agency representatives from all over the world, including the European Alliance of News Agencies (EANA), the Organization of Asia-Pacific News Agencies (OANA, which founding was initiated by UNESCO), the Federation of Arab News Agencies (FANA) and the Latin American Union of News Agencies (ULAN). Among the delegates to the Congress, there will also be representatives of media giants such as the Associated Press (USA), Reuters (UK), TASS (Russia), Xinhua (China), ANSA (Italy), Agence France Presse (France), and many others.
NAWC forums are a stage for world-famous people to deliver important messages and share ideas that – thanks to news agencies – reach every point in the world. The Congress provides a favorable platform for discussing the challenges of the new millennium and topical problems of culture, journalism, traditional and social media in the 21st century. It attracts prominent media experts and heads of news agencies from around the globe. The forums are also a venue for networking with professionals, exchanging know-how and sharing ideas.