The inaugural ‘30 Under 30’ awards by INMA to recognize rising stars in news media

Looking for outstanding individual applicants

Application deadline is 31 July

Through its Young Professionals Initiative, the International News Media Association (INMA) aims to find 30 rising stars in news media with early career achievements, insights into innovation, ability to influence, and likely management skills across advertising, audience, business intelligence, content and product, and leadership functions at media companies. INMA is looking for outstanding individual applicants based on merit and an inaugural ‘30 Under 30’ class that represents the diverse markets news media serves worldwide: race, creed, colour, gender, and more.

In order to qualify, the applicant must be employed by a news media company; be under the age of 30 as of 1 September, 2020; be a big picture thinker with an ability to shape the news media industry; must have demonstrated expertise and accomplishments thus far in your career; and must bring soft skills.

For this inaugural ‘30 Under 30’ Awards, there is no application fee and the deadline to apply is 31 July, 2020. Six outstanding individuals will be recognised among INMA’s five global communities: advertising, audience, business Intelligence, content and product, leadership

From these 30 award recipients, four will receive a Grand Prize Awards for most influential individuals. The winner will be judged by members of the INMA Young Professionals Initiative Committee and members of the INMA Board of Directors.

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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