More than 150 newsrooms back World News Day

Celebrate the power of journalism

Quality and objectivity matter - Celebrate World News Day along with 150 newsrooms
Quality and objectivity matter - Celebrate World News Day along with 150 newsrooms

The critical role that journalism and professional newsrooms play in helping citizens make sense of the world is the message behind Monday’s World News Day. Driven by the Canadian Journalism Foundation and the World Editors Forum, World News Day will be marked in more than 150 newsrooms across the globe.

“At a time when so much has been turned on its head, this much has become clear: Real news matters. The truth matters. Objectivity matters. Balance and fairness matter. In short, quality journalism matters.” – Warren Fernandez, president of the World Editors Forum.

Share your best journalism using social media hashtags #WorldNewsDay and #JournalismMatters. Two op-ed pieces are being made available for publication on Monday, written by Warren Fernandez, president of the World Editors Forum and editor in chief of the Straits Times, Singapore, and David Walmsley, editor in chief of the Globe and Mail, Canada. Download here.

Celebrate World News Day with your best stories. Share them with the social media hashtags #WorldNewsDay and #JournalismMatters
Celebrate World News Day with your best stories. Share them with the social media hashtags #WorldNewsDay and #JournalismMatters

Two global webcasts will pay homage to the positive power of journalism. 16h00 Singapore time (8h00 GMT) YOUTH, MEDIA AND TACKLING THE PANDEMIC – Top speakers include Australian infectious disease specialist, Prof Dale Fisher, Dr June Tay, head of the Digital Media Programme at Singapore University of Social Sciences (SUSS), editors from the Straits Times, Manilla Bulletin and Jakarta Post. Program and Registration.

19h00 Eastern Time (24h00 GMT) CELEBRATE THE VALUE OF JOURNALISM – CNN’s Brian Stelter hosts a range of guests including Dr Anthony Fauci; Maria Ressa; journalists from The New York Times, CNN, BBC, Reforma, Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, National Geographic and ABC. Includes performance by Macy Gray. Program and Registration.

World News Day 2020

Indian Printer and Publisher is one of the publications supporting World News Day and we will be publishing shared stories from around the world with an emphasis on stories from the Indian newsrooms such as The Hindu Business Line, The Quint, and The Indian Express that have made their stories available, as well as a couple of our own stories.

Our own stories concerning the education, publishing and print industries that we are putting forward to share in the celebration of World News Day are:
Indian government Stop Print! by Shardul Sharma 
Indian media fatalities to virus exceed those to violence by Nava Thakuria Indian print media to lose Rs 18,000 crore in FY 20-21 by Naresh Khanna The end of the great international trade shows? by Ron Augustin

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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