Recognizing excellence in newsroom leadership

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Barbara Kaija, group editor-in-chief of New Vision Press and Publishing Company Ltd in Uganda, has been named the 2018 Africa Laureate. Noura al Hourani, lead arabic editor at Syria Direct, has been named the 2018 MENA Laureat
Barbara Kaija, group editor-in-chief of New Vision Press and Publishing Company Ltd in Uganda, has been named the 2018 Africa Laureate. Noura al Hourani, lead arabic editor at Syria Direct, has been named the 2018 MENA Laureate.

The Women in News Editorial Leadership Award recognizes an exemplary contribution of a woman editor to her newsroom – and under her leadership the contribution of her newspaper – to society. Editors from Syria and Uganda will receive the award recognizing their exceptional leadership in their newsroom during the WAN-IFRA Women in News Summit, Estoril, Portugal, on 6 June 2018.

Barbara Kaija, group editor-in-chief of New Vision Press and Publishing Company Ltd. in Uganda, has been named the 2018 Africa Laureate. Noura al Hourani, lead Arabic editor at Syria Direct, has been named the 2018 MENA Laureate.

“This acknowledgement by WAN-IFRA is recognition for all women in the media in Africa. My win is a win for all women in the newsrooms at Vision Group and all women in the media in Uganda. I am humbled to join the few women laureates in newsrooms in Africa and I pray that this will grow into a large army and large voice for the voiceless in our society,” said Kaija.

On being named a winner, al Hourani said, “Today, we must strive to empower women at all levels and ensure that they are properly represented in leadership roles, politically and professionally, especially in the Middle East. I am incredibly grateful to Syria Direct for providing me with my first opportunity to lead, and I want to thank WAN-IFRA for its support and encouragement for women to be role models.”

The Women in News Editorial Leadership Award is part of WAN-IFRA’s Women in News initiative, made possible through support from the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) and the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The award recognizes one Laureate from MENA and one Laureate from Africa, annually.

Previous Laureates include Toyosi Ogunseye, former editor of the Sunday Punch in Nigeria, Karima Kamal, columnist and contributing editor for the Egyptian daily Al Masry Al Yom, and Pamella Sittoni, editor of the International Desk for the Nation Media Group and managing editor for The East African.

The 2018 Laureates will be honored at the WAN-IFRA World News Media Congress, World Editors’ Forum, and Women in News Summit, taking place in Estoril-Cascais, Portugal from 6-8 June.

2023 promises an interesting ride for print in India

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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.

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