12 finalists in COVID-19 category for INMA Global Media Awards

About 98 entries were submitted for the COVID-19 category

INMA Global Media Awards
INMA Global Media Awards

The finalists in the INMA Global Media Awards’ bonus category rewarding outstanding initiatives in response to the COVID-19 crisis have been announced.

The just-in-time bonus category reflects structured initiatives by media companies to inspire community and engagement during today’s pandemic. Initiatives packaged under news brands aim to bring communities together, provide hope, lift spirits, encourage interactivity, inspire trust, and do good.

Some 98 entries were submitted for the COVID-19 category launched in April. From that, Global Media Awards judges selected 12 finalists — six from national/international companies and six from local/regional companies.

“The COVID-19 pandemic is the ‘trust moment’ for news media brands, and the entries submitted for this bonus INMA category redefine what ‘inspiration’ and ‘hope’ mean,” said Earl J. Wilkinson, executive director and CEO of the International News Media Association (INMA). “Feedback from the judges has been that this was one of the toughest assignments ever and that every entry truly is a winner.”

INMA has made all 98 entries available in the association’s Best Practices archive. The INMA Global Media Awards competition rewards innovation in building news brands, platform excellence, audience development, advertising sales, and nurturing corporate culture.

The bonus COVID-19 category brings the total number of entries to the 2020 competition to 922. From 185 finalists, first-place winners will be announced Tuesday, June 2, in an international broadcast by INMA.

The finalists, in alphabetical order, are:

Local/regional brands

1. Göteborgs-Posten, Gothenburg, Sweden, “GP Loves Gothenburg”

2. HLN, Antwerp, Belgium, “Tour de Flanders Against Corona”

3. Jutarnji list, Zagreb, Croatia, “Coloring Book: Color Your Quarantine Days”

4. Rashtradoot, Jaipur, India, “Stand Tall With Rashtradoot”

5. Russmedia, Schwarzach, Austria, “#vorarlberghältzusammen” (VoralbergSticksTogether)

6. La Voz de Galicia, A Coruna, Spain, “We Are Your Voice”

National/international brands

1. The Big Issue, London, United Kingdom, “The Big Issue”

2. CNN, New York, United States, “CNN 411: Coronavirus Information and Local Resources”

3. The Hindu, Chennai, India, “Stay Home — Stay Vigilant”

4. Onet, Warsaw, Poland, “How to #Stayathome and Not Go Crazy?”

5. The Straits Times, Singapore, “Making Sense of the Pandemic for Young Readers”

6. The Telegraph, London, United Kingdom, “You Are Not Alone”

INMA Webinar on 25 May with Pratyush Ranjan of Jagran New Media

Meanwhile, on 25 May INMA will organize a webinar with Pratyush Ranjan, senior editor of India’s Jagran New Media, to gain insights into combating fake news especially in the context of COVID-19 with information on emerging patterns, institutional frameworks, role of the government and social media and way forward for publishers in India. The webinar will take place from 4:30pm to 5:30pm Indian Standard Time.

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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