Science in the Newsroom Global Summit 2020

Forum to address science coverage issues

Science in the Newsroom Global Summit 2020

Global health emergencies look set to be a part of our lives. Scientists are warning that we may be entering a looming age of pandemics. What awaits us in 2021, and what lessons can we draw from Covid-19 coverage to better equip newsrooms and journalists to move from reactive storytelling to considered and impactful journalism?

The World Editors Forum is hosting the Science in the Newsroom Global Summit 2020 on 23 and 24 November to guide editors, journalists, and newsroom managers on how to cover future global crises. The World Editors Forum is a global community of editors and is an integral part of Wan-Ifra. It has created a platform for a free press, quality journalism, and newsroom transformation. The World Editors Forum has been in existence for over 25 years.

This two day, open, online event will tap expert views on future public health crises, showcase best practice journalism that has emerged in 2020, give ideas on how to elevate your coverage so that you are recognized as a credible provider of science news, and suggest how to develop specialist skills in your newsroom.

The speakers at the event include David Walmsley, editor-in-chief, The Globe and Mail, Canada; Prof Suzanne Franks, professor of journalism at City, University of London; John Burn-Murdoch, senior data visualization journalist, Financial Times, UK; Dr Roberta Villa, medical doctor, freelance health journalist and science writer; Shirish Kulkarni, award-winning journalist, among others.

The program is supported by Temasek Foundation. International Science Council and Quest are the program advisors for the event.

Register for the event here

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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– Naresh Khanna

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