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Publish Asia

Created in 2000, Publish Asia is an annual meeting place for the Asian newspaper and news publishing industry. More than 400 media executives from over 30 different countries will gather in Bali (Indonesia) on 24-26 April for three days of exciting masterclasses, conference sessions and networking events.

The event will offer key insights on how to keep innovating in print without missing out the key transformations that are required to prepare for a digital-centric future. Conferences sessions will address the management and business issues facing newspaper publishers  and examine emerging new business models and revenue streams. Publish Asia will primarily focus on repositioning and optimizing today’s news publishing business with an emphasis on print, which represents the core of our industry.

The event will also offer dedicated sessions focusing on  the challenges facing editors, newsroom managers and journalists today. This includes new initiatives, trends and solutions but also some of the heavyweight issues of concern to editors, including challenges to press freedom, the safety of journalists and sustainability.

Speakers from across the globe will present discussions around business models for news, collaborative investigative journalism, high-value print production, partnering with platforms, and content marketing, transparency and brand safety. Speakers Scilla Alecci and Wahyu Dhyatmika will also offer a one-day masterclass on Collaborative Investigative Journalism. This will cover how massive global projects such as the Panama Papers and Paradise Papers were managed and published, and how to identify possible projects in local markets which may require national, regional or global collaboration.

Some of the key speakers to participate in the event include Sarmad Ali, managing director, Jang Media Group; Grzegorz Piechota, research associate, Harvard Business School and Oxford University, United Kingdom; Scilla Alecci, investigative reporter and video journalist, ICIJ; Md. Tajdin Hassan, head of marketing, The Daily Star; Alok Sanwal, chief operating officer, Dainik Jagran I-NEXT; Manfred Werfel, deputy chief executive officer, WAN-IFRA; and Sanat Hazra, technical and production director, The Times of India.

The sessions and conferences will be followed by the Asian Media Awards 2018, on 25 April. The awards honor publishers for their leading digital offerings in Asia.

2023 promises an interesting ride for print in India

Indian Printer and Publisher founded in 1979 is the oldest B2B trade publication in the multi-platform and multi-channel IPPGroup. While the print and packaging industries have been resilient in the past 33 months since the pandemic lockdown of 25 March 2020, the commercial printing and newspaper industries have yet to recover their pre-Covid trajectory.

The fragmented commercial printing industry faces substantial challenges as does the newspaper industry. While digital short-run printing and the signage industry seem to be recovering a bit faster, ultimately their growth will also be moderated by the progress of the overall economy. On the other hand book printing exports are doing well but they too face several supply-chain and logistics challenges.

The price of publication papers including newsprint has been high in the past year while availability is diminished by several mills shutting down their publication paper and newsprint machines in the past four years. Indian paper mills are also exporting many types of paper and have raised prices for Indian printers. To some extent, this has helped in the recovery of the digital printing industry with its on-demand short-run and low-wastage paradigm.

Ultimately digital print and other digital channels 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. For instance, there is no alternative to a rise in textbook consumption but this segment will only reach normality in the next financial year beginning on 1 April 2023.

Thus while the new normal is a moving target and many commercial printers look to diversification, we believe that our target audiences may shift and change. Like them, we will also have to adapt with agility to keep up with their business and technical information needs.

Our 2023 media kit is ready, and it is the right time to take stock and reconnect with your potential markets and customers. Print is the glue for the growth of liberal education, new industry, and an emerging economy. We seek your participation in what promises to be an interesting ride.

– Naresh Khanna

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