Winners for World Digital Media Awards announced

Observing innovations in digital media


WAN-IFRA’s World Digital Media Awards (WDMA) were announced during the gala dinner of World News Media Congress (WNMC) at the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum in Glasgow on 2 June 2019. The World Digital Media Awards is the news media industry’s global digital media competition. The 2019 winners came from the winners of 2018 regional Digital Media Awards in Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, North America and South Asia, which together provide news publishers with regular showcases for the best-practice innovation in digital publishing worldwide.

Here is a complete list of winners:

Best News Website or Mobile Service: The Guardian, United Kingdom

Best in Lifestyle, Sports, Entertainment Website or Mobile Services:, India

Best Data Visualization: ‘Bussed Out: How America Moves Its Homeless’ by The Guardian, US

Best Digital News Startup: Jota, Brazil

Best Use of Online Video: Visual Vocabulary, USA

Best Digital Marketing Campaign: Dirty John, USA

Best Reader Revenue Initiative: This Land is Your Land, USA

Best Branded Content Project: #StandTogether, Malaysia

Best in Social Media Engagement: Team in your Heart, Sweden

Best Innovation to Engage Youth Audiences: Verificado 2018, Mexico

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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