26th Annual WAN IFRA India 2018 conference

Learning workshop to be organized concurrently

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After a silver jubilee conference in Chennai last year, WAN IFRA India conference moves to Hyderabad this time around. It will take place from 26 to 27 September 2018 at the Hyderabad International Convention Centre. After digital unsettled the industry, publishers across the world have traced the industry scenario to survive in the business. For newspapers, digital is no longer a threat and the challenges are within. Problems such as declining revenue and supply-demand gap in newsprint among others have forced the publishers to increase the cover price and take various cost-cutting and efficiency improving measures.

While this is on one side, publishers believe that content is the key to success;newsrooms are being modernized to deliver quality journalism in different formats and platforms. The challenges of fake news and promiscuous behavior of audience are being addressed using big data analysis and artificial intelligence in newsrooms.

Furthermore, this conference will address the latest trends in news publishing worldwide. It will bring ideas followed by leading market players to encounter the challenges. WAN IFRA India 2018 will have two parallel conference tracks; first, the World Editors Forum South Asia Summit for editors; second, publishers and World Printers Forum Conference for newspapers production managers. The conferences will offer ideas, insights and knowledge to thrive in the business and drive into the future.

The event will also feature learning workshops on 25 September 2018 on Social Media for editors, Innovation in Printing and Google News Lab workshop.

The Covid-19 pandemic led to the country-wide lockdown on 25 March 2020. It will be two years tomorrow as I write this. What have we learned in this time? Maybe the meaning of resilience since small companies like us have had to rely on our resources and the forbearance of our employees as we have struggled to produce our trade platforms.

The print and packaging industries have been fortunate, although the commercial printing industry is still to recover. We have learned more about the digital transformation that affects commercial printing and packaging. Ultimately digital 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.

Web analytics show that we now have readership in North America and Europe amongst the 90 countries where our five platforms reach. Our traffic which more than doubled in 2020, has at times gone up by another 50% in 2021. And advertising which had fallen to pieces in 2020 and 2021, has started its return since January 2022.

As the economy approaches real growth with unevenness and shortages a given, we are looking forward to the PrintPack India exhibition in Greater Noida. We are again appointed to produce the Show Daily on all five days of the show from 26 to 30 May 2022.

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