WAN-IFRA Women in News Editorial Leadership Award

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The Women in News program is supported for a 4-year period by Swedish and Norwegian government grantsWAN-IFRA
The Women in News program is supported for a 4-year period by Swedish and Norwegian government grants

WAN-IFRA in partnership with Sida,  the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, has announced the launch of nominations for the 2018 Women in News Editorial Leadership Award. The award recognizes an exemplary contribution of an Editor to her newsroom and under her leadership, the contribution of her newspaper to society. One outstanding editor from sub-Saharan Africa and one from Middle East and North Africa will be named Laureates in 2018.

The Women in News Editorial Leadership Award will be awarded to two outstanding woman editors who are first amongst their peers in inspiring and paving the way forward for the next generation of leaders. Contenders must possess a proven track record of success within the newsroom, have demonstrated uncompromising editorial integrity throughout their career, and have a strong commitment to the principles of press freedom and its power to promote democracy and good governance.

The 2017 Women in News Editorial Leadership Award was won by Karima Kamal, columnist and contributing editor for Al Masry Al Youm from Egypt and Kenyan journalist  Pamella Sittoni, editor of the International Desk for the Nation Media Group and Managing Editor for The East African.

Award recipients to be  honored  during WAN-IFRA World News Media Congress
The 2018 recipients of the Women in News Leadership Award will be honored during the WAN-IFRA  World  News Media Congress  in Estoril, Cascais, Portugal, from 6-8 June 2018. The winners will receive an all expenses paid trip to attend the World News Media Congress 2018, the premier global annual meeting of the world’s press.

Nomination eligibility and deadline
The Women in News Editorial Leadership Award is awarded each year to one outstanding woman editor in the sub-Saharan Africa region and in the Middle East and North Africa region (MENA), respectively. Eligible nominees in 2018 must be based in the sub-Saharan region of Africa or the Middle East and North African region; hold a senior editorial role as of 1 January 2018; work in a news media role (newspapers, magazines and digital-only); the media house can be any size from across the regions.

Anyone is free to nominate a potential candidate from their markets or from other markets. However, it is desirable that nominations be made by superiors, peers or colleagues in order to maintain the integrity of the nominations.

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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