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.

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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