Singapore Press Holdings sweeps Wan-Ifra’s Asian Digital Media Awards 2020 

South China Morning Post came in a close second

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Asian Digital Media Awards 2020

The results of this year’s Asian Digital Media Awards were announced in a virtual ceremony held during the online edition of Wan-Ifra’s Digital Media Asia conference, and presented by veteran BBC, CNBC and Al-Jazeera news presenter, Teymoor Nabili, who is now chief executive officer and publisher of Tech for Impact Asia.

The Asian Digital Media Awards were first launched in 2009 to recognize news media organizations that have adopted digital media and mobile strategies in response to how people consume news and information today. One hundred and forty entries were received in this year’s competition. All regional winners are automatically entered into Wan-Ifra’s World Digital Media Awards competition.

Singapore Press Holdings emerged the biggest winner at this year’s Asian Digital Media Awards, with a haul of three Golds and two Silvers. These were for best in lifestyle, sports, entertainment website or mobile services (Gold); best in audience engagement (Gold); best news website or mobile service (Gold); best news website or mobile service (Silver); and best project for news literacy (Silver).

South China Morning Post came in a close second place with four wins, comprising three Golds and one Silver in best special project for Covid-19 (Gold); best native advertising/branded content campaign (Gold); best use of online video (including VR) (Gold); and best data visualization (Silver) categories.

New special award

A new special award for small/medium publishers went to AsiaOne, Eco-Business, JX Press Corporation and kumparan. This award recognizes smaller media companies with an annual revenue of less than US$10 million which produce quality work, replacing the Bronze award in each category previously. Such companies compete in each category in the same way as the large companies. However should they not win a Gold or Silver award in that category, the highest-scoring small/medium publisher will be awarded a special award instead.

The four small-medium publishers received their special awards in these categories – best news website or mobile service – AsiaOne (Singapore); best use of online video (including VR) – Eco-Business (Singapore); best native advertising/branded content campaign – Eco-Business (Singapore); best special project for Covid-19 – JX Press Corporation (Japan); best in audience engagement – kumparan (Indonesia); and best marketing campaign for news brand – kumparan (Indonesia).

For more information about Asian Digital Media Awards visit 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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