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

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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