WAN-IFRA highlights how newsrooms are tackling Covid-19

Newsrooms tackling the crisis

Newsrooms tackle the coronavirus crisis
Newsrooms tackle the coronavirus crisis

WAN-IFRA has created a website to highlight how newsrooms are around the world are tackling the Covid-19, with articles sourced from media journalists and curated sources. With each passing day of the Covid-19 crisis, journalism is showing, unequivocally, why it matters. Now, within the profession, much-needed solidarity is emerging. Editors within the World Editors Forum are drawing strength from each other: swapping experiences from their newsrooms, ideas on how to cope and organize, sharing the best of their content and, most importantly, getting emotional support and courage from fellow editors.

Meanwhile, newsrooms affected by the coronavirus pandemic can take a short survey on their newsroom’s status. WAN-IFRA will also organize webinars Covid-19: Ensuring the safety of field reporters on 26 March and Covid-19 Reporting: Ethics and Standards on 2 April.

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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– Naresh Khanna

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