WAN-IFRA’s launches new monthly podcast


WAN-IFRA’s media freedom team has launched a new monthly podcast, focused on challenging issues that journalists and media organizations face and how they tackle obstacles to continue reporting the news.

The first episode tackles the safety of journalists. The episode, called ‘The Backstory,’ touches upon the threats facing journalists worldwide. Too often, journalists put safety aside to ‘get’ the story; editors don’t anticipate the problems that their reporters or their newsrooms can face. How can journalists be prepared? What should editors think about?

WAN-IFRA Press Freedom Director, Andrew Heslop, speaks with Javier Garza, a journalist in Mexico and a global journalist security trainer, Elisabet Cantenys, executive director of the ACOS Alliance, a coalition of organizations working to develop worldwide protection standards for journalists and Carol Beyanga, chair of the Uganda Media Freedom Committee and managing editor for digital content at Daily Monitor Publications.

Each month WAN-IFRA will be taking a look at a challenging issue that journalists and media organisations are faced with, exploring how they tackle – and surmount – the obstacles to continue reporting the news.

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.

It is the right time to support our high-impact reporting and authoritative and technical information with some of the best correspondents in the industry. Readers can power Indian Printer and Publisher’s balanced industry journalism and help sustain us by subscribing.

– Naresh Khanna

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