Asian Media Awards 2019

Recognizing the strength and depth of the media industry

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Asian Media Awards

From journalists working in local newspapers and internet bloggers to TV presenters and PR experts, the Asian Media Awards (AMA) is dedicated to highlighting their talent, drive and innovation. The awards reward those who excel in the Asian and mainstream media. It also acts as a platform for those working in the industry to network with organizations, where they are vastly under-represented.
WAN-IFRA’s 18th Asian Media Awards aim to promote the highest publishing standards in the fields of newspaper and magazine design, info-graphics, printing, editorial content, marketing, community service and photojournalism. Hundreds of newspapers and magazines in Asia Pacific, South Asia and Middle-East participate in this event, establishing the AMA as the most prestigious recognition of excellence for the news publishing industry in the region.
Registration for Asian Media Awards opens from 1 December 2018 to 25 January 2019 for entries published in 2018. Nominations will open on 20 April 2019 and the closing date for all entries is 11.59 p.m., 20 August 2019. The nominations will open for seven categories, including best in design, best in editorial content, best in infographics, best in photojournalism, best newspaper marketing, best in community service and best in print.
All prize winners will be granted the exclusive usage of a special icon illustrative of their achievement and representing – for each category – the gold, silver and bronze awards. Winners will be entitled to display this distinctive WAN-IFRA recognition of excellence in their publication as well as in all their corporate communications or marketing materials.
Best in design
This award will be presented to entries whose overall design, originality and content have achieved levels of excellence deserving of recognition.
Best in editorial content
This award recognizes articles published in a newspaper that demonstrate high standards of reporting.
Best in infographics
This award aims to recognize excellence in design, usefulness and clarity of information conveyed in both breaking and non-breaking news.
Best in photojournalism
This award is open to newspaper and wire service photographers as well as to freelancers working for these media, supplying work to either news, sports or feature agencies or providing content for websites affiliated with newspaper.
Best newspaper marketing
This award will recognize successful campaigns for marketing the news publishing company’s brand or image to readers in order to increase circulation and subscriptions to the print product and overall media brand awareness.
Best in community service
This award measures how companies goes beyond their traditional roles of educating and entertaining readers to become an active player in leading and implementing social service campaigns for the benefit of the community it serves.
Best in print
This award will be presented to newspapers deserving recognition for their excellence in standardised printing. The focus of the award is to show the ability of newspapers to print consistently high quality according to international standards.

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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