World Media Leaders eSummit

Focus on ten strategic challenges for news media post-COVID

World Media Leaders eSummit

News organizations and journalists are making rapid adjustments in response to higher digital demand, lower ad revenue, and enforced changes to the way they operate. WAN-IFRA is making changes too. From June 15-18 it will host the World Media leaders summit, its first four-day series of crucial online panel discussions and town hall meetings to discuss the future of news media.

A mix of town halls, fireside chats, panel discussions, and roundtables, ten sessions will address the biggest questions facing editors and publishers around the themes of digital revenue, newsroom change, policy, and strategy. That includes a special focus on the pressures on local media. The program is available here.

Vincent Peyregne, chief executive officer of WAN-IFRA said, “The pandemic has undercut the predictability of normal life and our members are seeking answers to big, even existential, questions as they adjust their strategies. At some point Covid-19 will be vanquished, the industry will bounce back but it won’t be a return to normal. Getting to normal is not so much about getting back the old normality as it is about getting back the ability to know what is going to happen tomorrow. We need to understand the scenario at play, what news media will look like. On 15-18 June, We’ve brought together a diverse and experienced group of editors, CEOs, journalists and senior executives to share their insights and solutions on the road ahead.”

Gathering the lessons learned, the World Media Leaders eSummit will catalyze a broader conversation about the future of news and will support a valuable new impetus for transformation. The World Media Leaders eSummit will seek to answer these questions:

How long will it take to get revenues back on track?

Which publishers were best prepared for the crisis?

What can we do to win back advertisers?

The case of big advertisers: has the crisis changed how they support trusted media?

Is the not-for-profit model the way to secure the future of quality local and public service journalism?

How do we onboard and keep our new digital subscribers?

Covid-19 has accelerated the digital transition in local and regional publishers – how can we maintain this pace going forward?

What have we learned from stumbling into the remote newsroom?

Going viral: How do we build on the trust gained from the Covid-19 crisis and keep up the boost in the audience?

There will be another crisis. Do you feel better prepared for going forward?

Program and registration

Confirmed Speakers include Siv Juvik Tveitnes, chief executive officer of Schibsted Media Division, Maria A. Ressa, chief executive officer and executive editor, Rappler, Rasmus Nielsen, director Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, Katie Vanneck Smith, co-founder, Tortoise, Jennifer Napier-Pearce, editor, Salt Lake Tribune, Dame Frances Cairncross, chair of Court Heriot-Watt University, Siddharth Varadarajan, founding editor, The Wire, Warren Fernandez editor-in-chief, The Straits Times Singapore Press Holdings, Chris Janz, managing director Australian Metro Publishing Fairfax Media, Ulrik Haagerup, founder and chief executive officer, Constructive Institute, Ritu Kapur, co-founder, and chief executive officer, Quintillion Media.

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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