Asian Media Awards shortlist

Asian Media Awards shortlist

WAN-IFRA APAC has announced the winners shortlist for the 17th edition of the Asian Media Awards. The 17th edition of the Asian Media Awards attracted 435 entries from countries all over Asia and the Middle East. Fifty-eight media companies from 19 countries participated. The Awards will be presented during Publish Asia 2018 on 25 April 2018 in Bali at the Westin Resort Nusa Dua, where the Gold, Silver and Bronze winners will be revealed.

Created in 2000, Publish Asia is the 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 for three days.

The winners shortlist consists of (in alphabetical order):

Best in Editorial Design

Newspaper Overall  Design
CHINA DAILY by China Daily
Sunday Morning Post by South China Morning Post Publishers Ltd
The Straits Times by Singapore Press Holdings Ltd

Magazine Overall Design
Post Magazine by South China Morning Post Publishers Ltd
Smile by Ink Publishing
The Novella Issue  by Esquire Singapore

Newspaper Front Page Design
MAYHELM by Galadari Printing & Publishing (LLC)
Duterte Year 1: Shock & AWE by Philippine Daily Inquirer
星島日報 – 狂巴噬三命 by Sing Tao Daily

Magazine Cover Design
China’s New Chick by the INDIA TODAY Magazine
How Colas Lost their Mojo  by INDIA TODAY Magazine
How to lose friends and alienate people  by South China Morning Post Publishers Ltd

Best in Editorial Content

Newspaper Breaking News Article
Two  Palestinian brothers stranded at  Kuala Lumpur International Airport by The New Straits Times Press (Malaysia) Bhd
How a tragic death of logger stopped a potential devastation by The New Straits Times Press (Malaysia) Bhd
Student/Trafficked  by R.AGE

Newspaper Feature Article
I don’t want you – Nikkei Asian Review  by Nikkei Inc.
Student/Trafficked  by R.AGE
河瘤 (The Rivers with Cancer)  by Apple Daily Publication Development Limited, Taiwan Branch

Best in Infographics

Newspaper Infographics
Armada Cheng-Ho  by PT Jawa Pos Group
Getting to grips with North Korea  by South China Morning Post Publishers Ltd
What’s in a face?  by South China Morning Post Publishers Ltd

Magazine Infographics
Ajman the Land of Safety  by Dubai Media Inc
Second Strike Capability  by INDIA TODAY Magazine
Zayed and Sustainability  by Dubai Media Inc

Best in Photojournalism

News Photography
Ablaze  by Manila Bulletin Publishing Corporation
Flight to Life from the Piercing Claws  by Malayala Manorama Company Ltd
“Tears of Loss”  by HT Media Limited

Feature Photography
Air Bersih  by Kompas Media Nusantara
I Was Sold at 14 as a Sex Slave  by Living Media India Ltd
Taiwan Handicapped Inventor Who Walks by Hands and Feet  by Apple Daily Publication Development Limited, Taiwan Branch

Sport Photography
Fencing Moves  by Manila Bulletin Publishing Corporation
Signature to the sand of time  by Malayala Manorama Company Ltd
Son vows to rise in Final  by The New Straits Times Press (Malaysia) Bhd

Best in Newspaper Marketing
Dainik Jagran : 957 Pages from a Daughter’s Diary  by the Future by Jagran Prakashan Ltd
Dainik Jagran : Creating the Newspaper of Day after Tomorrow  by Jagran Prakashan Ltd
The Hindu On Sunday by THG Publishing Pvt Ltd

Best in Community Service
Dainik Jagran : Till the Penny drops by Jagran Prakashan Ltd
Live Positive  by Dainik Bhaskar
Panir Golpo (The Tale of Water)  by The Daily Star

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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