Wan-Ifra webinar on trauma literacy for news leaders

Dart Center APAC offers specialized training series

Wan-Ifra webinar on trauma literacy for news leaders

With climate disasters and civil conflict increasing, along with the continued fallout of the global pandemic, the demands on newsrooms remains unprecedented. Daily reporting challenges are often overlaid with attacks on journalists via online hate speech, trolling and harassment. Pressure from these combined events not only manifest through physical tension and burnout, but also psychological stress. When media professionals continuously report on violence, death and injury and receive online trolling and threats the potential for psychological injury is high. Managing staff experiencing such a combination of events requires a specific leadership skillset. You should see the legalities for someone who is injured after a fall and see what you can do to help.

As we begin 2021, Wan-Ifra, in collaboration with with Dart Center APAC in Australia, is offering this special training series on how to protect against and prevent trauma and help newsrooms build resiliency. This comprises an introductory webinar open to all followed by a set of three in-depth sessions for a smaller select group of applicants to equip them with the skills to support colleagues exposed to trauma, educate staff on self-care and basic trauma literacy, and put in place workplace processes which safeguard employees’ mental health and well-being.

The first introductory webinar will introduce managers, editors, and team leaders to the notion of psychological injury, basic tips on how to identify it in staff and how to limit trauma exposure in the newsroom. Attendees of this webinar will then be invited to apply for the next phase of three more intensive sessions taking place in March.

The first webinar will take place on 27 January 2021 from 0930 hours IST. Real time simultaneous translation of the webinar will be available in Bahasa Indonesia, Hindi, Cantonese, Japanese, Korean and Mandarin.

The speakers for the webinar include Dr Cait McMahon, founding managing director, Dart Center Asia Pacific; Rowena Paraan, Department head, News Public Service Commission; Amantha Perera, Sri Lankan journalist and researcher on journalism and online trauma; and Ginger Gorman, journalist and author of ‘Troll Hunting.’

Register for the webinar 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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