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.

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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