After 30 years as an editor at The Seattle Times, Klein College of Media and Communication Dean David Boardman knows a thing or two about the news industry and the role of an editor. And after nearly a decade as dean, he has gained some insight about the needs of the profession going forward.
For that reason, it is no surprise that Dean Boardman was invited to speak this month to a conference of more than 1,200 editors and publishers from 80 countries. The World News Media Congress in Zaragoza, Spain, is billed as “the most important annual gathering of news media executives” from across the globe.
Boardman was featured on a panel titled, “The Editor of the Future.” His fellow panelists were Wolfgang Krach, editor of Süddeutsche Zeitung in Germany; Diana Moukalled, co-founder of Daraj Media in Lebanon; and Federica Cherubini of the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism in London. The panel covered skills that future editors may benefit from learning in order to stay relevant in today’s fast-paced news environment.
“Speaking to this audience, and with these esteemed panelists, was an enormous privilege,” said Boardman. “And it was a great opportunity to share some of the exciting initiatives we have under way at the Klein College.”
With speakers hailing from all corners of the globe and topics ranging from business and sustainability to press freedom and society and future tech and innovation, the event was a true sampling of the current state of the media industry.
“I was honored to be invited to be part of this august gathering,” Boardman said. “It’s a reflection of the rising reputation of Temple and Klein.”