Reshaping your news organization and its journalism

World Editors Forum

The WAN-IFRA will organize the 70th World News Media Congress and 25th World Editors Forum in Estoril, Cascais, Portugal, from 6 to 8 June 2018. One of the topics discussed will be on newsrooms will shape up in the coming year.

Four speakers will talk on the subject of how you should reshape your organisation and its journalism to get the best from new forms, formats and platforms. The speakers will give their view on the people, skills, tools and philosophies needed to serve an increasingly image, video and audio driven world.

One of the speakers, Alexis Lloyd’s work focuses on exploring the newly available possibilities of emerging technologies. She designs and builds compelling user experiences that demonstrate innovative ways of engaging with information and with the world around us, currently as the chief design officer at Axios and prior to that as the creative director of The New York Times R&D Lab.

Alexandra Borchardt is director of Strategic Development at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism. Borchardt holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from Tulane University, New Orleans (1994), and in 2013 completed a Programme for Management Development at IESE Business School, Barcelona.

Jessica Stahl is the director of audio at The Washington Post, where she oversees a team developing popular podcasts like ‘Can He Do That?’ and ‘Constitutional,’ and experimenting in audio storytelling with programs like ‘Letters From War’ and ‘Retropolis.’

The fourth speakers, Carlos Guyot is a journalist, designer and founder of Next Idea Lab. He is the former Editor-in-Chief of Argentina’s La Nación, a role he relinquished in 2017.

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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