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Mexico City to host third annual Digital Media LATAM conference

Mexico City to host third annual Digital Media LATAM conference

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Digital Media LATAM, 23-24 October in Mexico City, is expected to draw 300 news media executives from at least 20 countries. Given more than 250 people from 22 countries attended the 2014 event, held in Lima, Peru, that is not an unrealistic expectation.

Confirmed speakers include Antonio Caño, Editor-in-Chief, El País; Diego Carvajal, Director of Digital Operations at Univision Communications Inc., USA; Jeff Jarvis, Professor and Director, Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism, CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, USA; Marc Lavallee, Editor, Interactive News, The New York Times; Jason Mojica, Editor-in- Chief, Vice News, USA; and Juan Luis Sánchez, Deputy Director,, Spain.

Five themes will define DML15:

  1. Boost your mobile strategy
  2. Develop audience intelligence
  3. The quest for digital revenue continues
  4. Media for and by Millenials
  5. New video formats and web-TV development

The programme will include “success sessions,” best practice case studies.

An early bird discount on registration is available until 25 September.

The Twitter hashtag is #DML15. More information is available at

The event also will host the presentation of winners of the first-ever LATAM Digital Media Awards. Winners will automatically qualify to compete at WAN-IFRA’s World Digital Media Awards competition, which will be held at the World Publishing Expo, 5-7 October in Hamburg, Germany. Details are available at

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Rodrigo BonillaRodrigo BonillaDigital Media LATAM will be the second event of the year for WAN-IFRA Latin America, which is headed by Rodrigo Bonilla, LATAM Manager.

In August, a Color Quality and INCQC (International Newspaper Color Quality Club) Tutorial drew 25 participants to Rio de Janeiro. And, of course, WAN-IFRA Latin America is playing a major role in preparations for the 68th World Newspaper Congress, 23rd World Editors Forum, and 26th World Advertising Forum, to be held in Cartagena, Colombia, from 12 to 14 June 2016, in partnership with the Colombian News Publishers association, Andiarios.

Information about next year’s Congress and Forums can be found at

Since earlier this year, Bonilla has been based in Mexico City, having moved from WAN-IFRA’s Paris office. “It’s important to be on the ground here. It is urgent to be in touch with members here. The conference itself is a reflection of the need to be here,” he said. “The newspaper industry in Latin America remains vibrant, despite the economic crisis in Brazil. It is thriving especially in Colombia, Peru and Mexico. Of course publishers face digital transformation, so they need consulting and they are watching what is happening in the USA and Europe.”

Nonetheless, Bonilla said, “Print is still very healthy here. For example, in Peru we have the world’s largest-circulation Spanish-language daily, Trome, with 700,000 copies sold every day. Plus there are Clarín and El Tiempo, and many other examples of publishing houses that remain very influential in their markets.

“Publishers face many press freedom challenges, and we have to be here to assist them, to help defend them… against censorship, against violence from authoritarian regimes, organised crime, and other threats. We work closely with members, with the WAN-IFRA Board members in Latin America, and with the members of our LATAM Advisory Committee.”


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