Wan-Ifra shifts the World News Media Congress dates to December 2021

World News Media Congress is the annual meeting of news publishers and editors

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Wan-Ifra World News Media Congress in Taipei
Wan-Ifra World News Media Congress in Taipei

The prospect of easing International travel restrictions as COVID-19 vaccinations increase has prompted Wan-Ifra to shift the dates of its World News Media Congress in Taipei, Taiwan, from 28-30 September to 1-3 December 2021.

“As everyone has been reminding us, great things happen when the community comes together and connects at the World News Media Congress for much-needed, face-to-face discussions about the future of our industry,” said Vincent Peyrègne, Wan-Ifra CEO. “By moving the event to later in the year, we are increasing the chances of holding a vibrant and safe event. We are hopeful that by December, travel restrictions will have eased.”

Taiwan has managed the pandemic exceptionally well through a mix of early and effective prevention and border controls. In addition, its highly digitized population of almost 24 million people embrace technology and innovation, which has helped the government track and contain the spread of the virus.

Wan-Ifra to hold a safe three-day event

The World News Media Congress is the annual meeting of news publishers, editors, and owners worldwide. It is hosted in a different city each year. The 2019 Congress in Glasgow drew around 900 people from more than 60 countries for three days of conferences, executive meetings, networking, and social events. This will be the third time the event will be held in Asia, after Bangkok in 2013 and India in 2009.

Wan-Ifra continues to work with local host partner United Daily News Group and the Taiwan Tourism Bureau to ensure a safe three-day event. The World News Media Congress will include the 2nd World Media Leaders Summit, 28th World Editors Forum, and the 5th Women in News Summit. For more information and regular updates, visit the event website.

 

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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