WAN-IFRA joins Stars4Media

Collaborative innovative project-based initiatives

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Vincent Peyrègne, chief executive officer, WAN-IFRA
Vincent Peyrègne, chief executive officer, WAN-IFRA

WAN-IFRA has joined Stars4Media.eu, an exchange program for young media professionals to boost media innovation and cross-border cooperation in Europe. A media-driven pilot project co-funded by the European Union, Stars4Media will support 100 promising young news media professionals working together around collaborative, innovative project-based initiatives.

Stars4Media.eu will be led by a consortium formed by VUB (Vrije Universiteit Brussel), Fondation Euractiv, the European Federation Journalists, and WAN-IFRA, the World Association of News Publishers. Participants in the program will be young media professionals with 2-10 years of media experience.

The objective of Stars4Media is to enhance media innovation and cross-border cooperation in the European media industry by implementing a sustainable framework for innovation. A European leadership training program for 100 young media professionals, Stars4Media will develop project-based sustainable Initiatives between European media outlets.

The project calls on the participation of professionals coming from different areas of expertise (journalists, graphic designers, social media managers, technology and product developers, marketing experts).

“We are addressing two of the key challenges that still hinder the processes of press transformation in the digital age: project-based product management and culture. With its unique European-wide twinning program, Stars4media will help participating companies to truly rethink their relationship to innovation and embed experience innovation into our culture and organization.” Vincent Peyrègne, CEO WAN-IFRA

The call for expression of interest and initiatives will be launched in the upcoming days on www.stars4media.eu. After a pre-selection phase, the match-making event (“Europe’s media lab” planned from 3 to 6 March 2020 in Brussels) will help perfect the initiative proposed and, when necessary, pair professionals from like-minded media outlets around innovation initiatives. Selected teams will benefit from ad-hoc training and will then implement joint concrete cooperation. This core on-the-ground exchange will involve both geographic mobility and virtual teamwork.

In 2024, we are looking at full recovery and growth-led investment in Indian printing

Indian Printer and Publisher founded in 1979 is the oldest B2B trade publication in the multi-platform and multi-channel IPPGroup. It created the category of privately owned B2B print magazines in the country. And by its diversification in packaging, (Packaging South Asia), food processing and packaging (IndiFoodBev) and health and medical supply chain and packaging (HealthTekPak), and its community activities in training, research, and conferences (Ipp Services, Training and Research) the organization continues to create platforms that demonstrate the need for quality information, data, technology insights and events.

India is a large and tough terrain and while its book publishing and commercial printing industry have recovered and are increasingly embracing digital print, the Indian newspaper industry continues to recover its credibility and circulation. The signage industry is also recovering and new technologies and audiences such as digital 3D additive printing, digital textiles, and industrial printing are coming onto our pages. Diversification is a fact of life for our readers and like them, we will also have to adapt with agility to keep up with their business and technical information needs.

India is one of the fastest growing economies in nominal and real terms – in a region poised for the highest change in year to year expenditure in printing equipment and consumables. Our 2024 media kit is ready, and it is the right time to take stock – to emphasize your visibility and relevance to your customers and turn potential markets into conversations.

– Naresh Khanna

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