WAN-IFRA India conference is back to Chennai after a gap of 6 years

WAN-IFRA India conference is back to Chennai after a gap of 6 years

WAN-IFRA India 2017 on 12-14 September in Chennai will discuss the trend in the news media industry and how the future is unfolding and will try to offer a balanced view of these issues. The event will be back to Chennai after six years.

Technology has helped in increasing the consumption volume of news through print or digital. While publishers attempt to harness the advantage of platform publishing, it has also posed the challenges of credibility of news, quality of journalism, etc. Fact checking and rechecking that was part of classic journalism has taken a back seat. News publishers are now responding to this challenge with initiatives to protect the credibility of the news they present.

WAN-IFRA India 2017 will have for the first time World Editors Forum (WEF) South Asia Summit. There will be two parallel conference tracks: a) World Editors Forum South Asia Summit for editors and publishers and b) World Printers Forum Conference for newspaper production managers. The event will also feature learning workshops on investigative journalism and business models for print production on 12 September. Google Newslab session, breakfast session sponsored by CCI and breakout session sponsored by Facebook will attempt to add more value to the program and are available for publishers on pre-registration basis.

World Editors Forum track
The first day of the conference, 13 September, the World Editors Forum track, will see keynote address on the topic ‘News media organisations and the sustainable future’ by David Callaway, chief executive officer, The Street Inc., USA. A panel discussion on ‘Future of news media business’ will follow Callaway’s address.

After the opening session, in the first session, Mukund Padmanabhan, editor, The Hindu will talk about how The Hindu increased the cover price of the newspaper in Chennai and still maintain its hold over readers.

Raj Chengappa, group editorial director, India Today Group, will speak on the topic ‘Reimagining India’s No. 1 news magazine’ while Sitaram Shankar, managing editor, Network 18 will argue that the classic journalism in the digital world is not dead. A breakout session sponsored by Facebook will close the first session.

In the second session, Shadi Rahimi of Al Jazeera will speak on social media reach and fake news; Michael Schmidt, media consultant, South Africa will highlight the importance of field reporting and archival research; and Unni Balakrishnan, chief of news, Mathrubhumi TV will explore the topic of news credibility in the digital age.

The Covid-19 pandemic led to the country-wide lockdown on 25 March 2020. It will be two years tomorrow as I write this. What have we learned in this time? Maybe the meaning of resilience since small companies like us have had to rely on our resources and the forbearance of our employees as we have struggled to produce our trade platforms.

The print and packaging industries have been fortunate, although the commercial printing industry is still to recover. We have learned more about the digital transformation that affects commercial printing and packaging. Ultimately digital will help print grow in a country where we are still far behind in our paper and print consumption and where digital is a leapfrog technology that will only increase the demand for print in the foreseeable future.

Web analytics show that we now have readership in North America and Europe amongst the 90 countries where our five platforms reach. Our traffic which more than doubled in 2020, has at times gone up by another 50% in 2021. And advertising which had fallen to pieces in 2020 and 2021, has started its return since January 2022.

As the economy approaches real growth with unevenness and shortages a given, we are looking forward to the PrintPack India exhibition in Greater Noida. We are again appointed to produce the Show Daily on all five days of the show from 26 to 30 May 2022.

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