WAN IFRA and news business

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.

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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