Middle Eastern Digital Media Awards winners honored in Dubai

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Winners of the 2018 Middle Eastern Digital Media Awards celebrate with WAN-IFRA dignitaries at the organization’s 13th Annual Middle East Conference in Dubai

The winners of WAN-IFRA’s Middle Eastern Digital Media Awards for 2018 were honoured at the close of the first day of the 13th Annual Middle East Conference, which took place at The Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina from 28 February through 1 March.

WAN-IFRA’s Digital Media Awards are held throughout the year in every major region in the world. They are the most prestigious recognition of best practice innovation in digital publishing. The winners of the Middle Eastern Awards competition are automatically eligible for WAN-IFRA’s World Digital Media Awards, which recognize the very best digital initiatives globally.

Here is a complete list of winners:

~ Best News Website or Mobile Service 2018

Winner: Al Bilad EST, Saudi Arabia

~ Best in Lifestyle, Sports, Entertainment Website or Mobile Services 2018

Hia Magazine, UAE

~ Best Use of Online Video 2018

Winner: The National, UAE

~ Best Data Visualisation 2018

Khaleej Times, UAE

~ Best Innovation to Engage Youth Audience 2018

Khaleej Times, UAE

~ Best in Social Media Engagement 2018

Rudaw Media Network, Iraq

~ Best Digital News Start-up 2018

Sayidaty Magazine, UAE

~ Best Digital Marketing Campaign 2018

Hia Magazine, UAE

~ Best Branded Content Project 2018

Ethos Interactive, Saudi Arabia

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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