Hamburg is to host IPI’s World Congress from May 18-20, 2017, the International Press Institute announced Monday (August 1st). Around 300 journalists and publishers regularly attend the annual event dedicated to the freedom of the press and quality journalism. Next year, a series of discussions, workshops, Q&A sessions and presentations will be held under the theme “Save Journalism! – Solutions to the Crisis in Quality Journalism”. Delegates will strive to address the causes of dwindling trust in traditional media, rancorous remarks on the internet and the sustainability of current business models. Hamburg is the latest international location to host the IPI congress after Doha in Qatar (2016), Yangon in Myanmar (2015) and Cape Town in South Africa (2014).
6,000 journalists in permanent positions across Hamburg
On May 18, 2017, IPI’s Awards Ceremony will be held in Hamburg’s City Hall to honour journalists and press freedom advocates who have displayed tremendous courage in the battle for independent journalism. Later, IPI and its partners will show delegates what makes Hamburg one of Europe’s most developed media hubs. Events will include visits to Hamburg-based newsrooms, master classes at local media houses, sightseeing attractions and many networking opportunities.
Around 25,000 employed persons including 6,000 of around 70,000 journalists and editors in permanent positions across Germany work in Hamburg’s media sector. Thus, almost three-thirds of 25 magazine titles with the highest circulation in Germany stem from Hamburg, according to nextMedia.Hamburg
19 national committees worldwide
IPI’s German National Committee will host the 2017 World Congress in Hamburg. Carl-Eugen Eberle, former head of the legal department at ZDF and a former chair of IPI’s Executive Board, currently chairs the committee. IPI has 19 national committees in Europe, Asia, Africa and North America. The organisation represents the interests of print, online and broadcast media in 120 nations. The headquarters of IPI is in Vienna.