TMR Dispatches reach East India – This friday 10 July at 5pm IST

We don’t need no mainstream: Our stories, our storytellers

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Patricia Mukhim editor of The Shillong Times Photo via The Media Rumble

The Media Rumble , an annual news media forum, hosted by Newslaundry and Teamwork Arts, will stream its second session of ‘TMR Dispatches,’ which focuses on East India and is titled – ‘We don’t need no mainstream: Our stories, our storytellers. Scheduled for Friday, 10 July 2020, at 5 pm, the online series features ‘NEWS’ that criss-crosses the North, East, West, and South of India. It brings together leading news professionals from these regions to discuss larger news media trends and issues.

Panellists include Karma Paljor an award-winning journalist and co-founder and director of Atvi Infotainment and editor-in-chief at Eastmojo.com, Pradip Phanjoubam author and the editor of FPSJ Review of Arts and Politics, Patricia Mukhim, Padmashree awardee for her social service activity and currently editor of The Shillong Times, Afrida Hussain, Founder and editor-in-chief, INSIDENE and Meghnad, former LAMP fellow who has worked with multiple MPs and is currently associate editor at Newslaundry.

The first session of TMR was hosted by Newslaundry’s Executive Editor, Manisha Pande, who was joined by Arfa Khanum Sherwani, senior editor at The Wire; Dr Himanshu Dwivedi, Chief Editor of Hari Bhoomi; Shahid Siddiqui, managing director and chief editor of Nai Duniya; and Sukirat, a writer and columnist from Punjab. The session acknowledged North India’s undisputed penetration into the news media, and discussed several other subjects such as the Hindi media’s role and the still-prevalent upper-caste dominance in newsrooms.

The fourth edition of TMR, titled TMR@Online, will be a digital-only forum. Scheduled for September 2020, TMR@Online will feature conversations and discussions on some of the most pressing issues concerning news media. Among the themes that TMR will focus on this year will naturally be the overwhelming impact of Covid-19, acknowledging the role of ‘media front-line warriors’ while also analyzing the economic impact of the pandemic on the news media – layoffs, ad-revenue trajectories and the need to rethink business models. Sessions on the migration crisis, and how it was covered by the press will also be hosted. In addition, topics such as gender and caste composition of Indian media houses, press freedom, hate news, and the future of news media in an age of digital transformation will feature at TMR@Online.

TMR Dispatches upcoming Schedule

Friday 24 July 2020, 5:00 PM IST

West – Mumbai’s Lutyens — Is entertainment journalism all about access?

South India – Reclaiming centre space in news: A robust market and innovation hub 

*TMR@Online Schedule will be released closer to the date.

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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