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Publish Asia 2019 in Singapore


Publish Asia, annual conference for Asian news and publishing industry, was started by WAN IFRA in 2000 to discuss and resolve the business and management issues faced by publishers. Its 19th edition, Publish Asia 2019, will take place between 7-9 May 2019 in Singapore during which 250 key news industry personnel in the region will discuss the future of media.

There has been an upsurge in political as well as economic forefront that is aided by rapid development in all the media companies across the Asian continent. Countries like India, Indonesia, Phillipines and Thailand are witnessing elections, therefore it becomes very vital for the media to reach amongst the masses and make people aware of what all is happening around the world that further helps in minimization of false reports and news possesed by various online expeditions.

There are numerous challenges that is often faced by editors, journalists and newsroom managers and special sessions focussing on such challenges are shown prominently in the Newsroom Summit Asia. Initiatives are take be taken up in order to resolve the threats to editorial independence and journalist safety.

Publish Asia after moving around in that region for the last 15 years is back to Singapore under WAN-IFRA (World Association of Newspapers and News). It is accompanied by two prominent events in Singapore including the 35th anniversary of Singapore press holdings and 20th birthday of channel News Asia.

The three day conference also include other speakers across various parts of the world.

On 8th May, 2019 Asian Media Awards Dinner will be hosted where the best works in 15 categories will be presented to 48 awardees.

The Singapore Press Holdings will showcase the digital transformation and how print, digital as well as radio work together hand in hand in The Strait Times, Lianhe Zaobao and SPH radio.

The region is graced by mediacrop that is one of the largest newrooms of that particular region, along with housing TV and both radio as well as digital news teams working together in four different languages. Another one is Bloomberg which delivers financial and business information from 176 locations around the world in compilation of 5,000 stories.

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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