World Editors Forum Asia chapter’s Young Media Leaders fellowship program

Amplifying the impact of news reporting

he World Editors Forum, WAN-IFRA's global network for editors news organisations, and Temasek Foundation launch new Young Media Leaders Fellowship Programme to groom future media industry leaders

The new Young Media Leaders (YML) fellowship program, an initiative of the World Editors Forum Asia Chapter, the regional network in Asia for editors within WAN-IFRA, and supported by Temasek Foundation, is launched with its inaugural class of 30 fellows. The fellowship program seeks to nurture the next generation of media leaders who are committed to shaping the regional future.

The aim is for YML Fellows to contribute effectively to the pursuit of good journalism, foster dialogue and greater connectedness among one another, and build up newsrooms to meet the needs of their societies in these uncertain times. The inaugural class of YML fellows comprises young, high-potential editors and journalists from across the region nominated by their newsrooms. They will gather online over the next six months to share experiences, exchange ideas, amplify the impact of news reporting, and learn to lead in an industry transformed by technology. This is especially relevant as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to batter global economies and threaten the future of the publishing industry.

“This fellowship aims to nurture the next generation of media leaders who can contribute effectively to the pursuit of good journalism and build capacity in their newsrooms to meet the needs of their societies in these uncertain times. We want to expose Asia’s future media leaders to the diverse challenges facing the media industry across the region and provide them the opportunity to network and build partnerships to share best practices and improve capabilities” said Warren Fernandez, president of the World Editors Forum and editor-in-chief of The Straits Times in Singapore, who mooted the initiative.

“The world’s and Asia’s top news publishers meet regularly at over 50 WAN-IFRA events and meetings annually. With the Young Media Leaders Fellowship in Asia, made possible through the generous support of donors such as the Temasek Foundation in Singapore, we are now able to create a similar platform for the next generation of industry leaders” said Thomas Jacob, chief operating officer of WAN-IFRA.

“The media is well-placed to contribute to the shaping of the narrative of our times. By tapping on a strong network of media leaders across the region, newsrooms can draw on one another’s strengths to achieve greater impact. We hope that fellows can use the opportunities given to grow, and be empowered to build up not just their newsroom but also to contribute to thought leadership to shape the challenges in our society” said Lim Hock Chuan, chief executive of Temasek Foundation Connects.

Due to the spread of COVID-19, the YML program will take place mostly through online platforms. Participants will attend a week-long online executive leadership program tailored for newsroom leaders in June, attend the online Asian Media Leaders eSummit in July, participate in various online dialogues on regional political, economic and societal issues, plan events, activities, and stories to mark World News Day on 28 September 2020 and gather in Singapore in January 2021 for the Fellowship finale where the Asian Media Leaders Summit will be held, conditions permitting.

Fellows will also continue to deepen their engagement with one another during and beyond the program through the establishment of an alumni community on social media and through future speaking opportunities.

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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