Wan-Ifra announces the election of ten new members

Next elections for the Supervisory Board will be conducted in December 2021

Wan-Ifra's elected ten new members to serve on its Supervisory Board of Directors and the World Editors Forum board
Wan-Ifra's elected ten new members to serve on its Supervisory Board of Directors and the World Editors Forum board

Wan-Ifra has announced the election of ten new members to serve on its Supervisory Board of Directors and the World Editors Forum (WEF) board. At its General Assembly of members on June 23, Wan-Ifra presented a positive balance for 2020 and foresees a better-than-expected year in 2021 with a growing number of new members. 

On June 23, four media executives were elected to the Wan-Ifra Supervisory Board: Max Garrido, Managing Director of Corporacion Bermont in Spain who Chairs Wan-Ifra’s World Printers Forum; Masahiro Maruyama, President, and CEO of The Mainichi Newspapers Group Holdings Co. and President of NSK (Nihon Shinbun Kyokai), the Japan Newspaper Publishers & Editors Association; Pål Nedregotten, Executive Vice President of Amedia in Norway and Chairman of the Board of MBL, the Norwegian Media Business Association; and Victoria Svanberg, Acting President of NWT Gruppen AB in Sweden. Upcoming elections for the Supervisory Board will take place at the World News Media Congress in Taipei, December 2021.

Victoria Svanberg appointed as Chair of the Wan-Ifra Media Freedom Board

Victoria Svanberg will also serve as the new Chair of Wan-Ifra’s Media Freedom Board. This board oversees the strategy of the Wan-Ifra Media Freedom division, including providing approval and maintaining oversight on Wan-Ifra media development activities. Thanks to the support of its members and donors, Wan-Ifra provides advocacy and capacity-building initiatives such as skills development training, coaching, mentoring, networking, and peer-to-peer support activities to media professionals in 21 countries.

Between January and June 2021, more than 1,000 journalists and media professionals in Africa, Asia, Eurasia, Central America, and the MENA region took part in safety, digital transformation, business stability, gender balance, and sexual harassment training. In 2021, these programs are funded to the extent of 3 million euros thanks to the support of Sida (the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency), the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, IREX, and the essential contribution of Wan-Ifra’s global network of members.

World Editors Forum strengthened by six new board members

Six new members were elected at a meeting of the World Editors Forum on June 15. They are Phil Chetwynd (Global News Director, AFP, France), Liz Corbyn (Deputy Director Media & Head of News, European Broadcasting Union, Switzerland), Elske Schouten (Deputy Editor in Chief, NRC, Netherlands), Deirdre Veldon (Deputy Editor in Chief, The Irish Times, Ireland), Jean-Christophe Ploquin (Editor in Chief, Columnist, La Croix, France), and Piotr Stasiński (Deputy Editor in Chief, Gazeta Wyborcza, Poland).

The World Editors Forum, operating within Wan-Ifra, has connected with the editors worldwide for the past 27 years. It is focused on the future of quality journalism, newsroom transformation, and defending and protecting press freedom. President Warren Fernandez, who has just been re-elected for two years, has led the World Editors Forum’s program to advance Science in the Newsroom and its global campaign around World News Day to highlight the value of journalism and professional newsrooms. In 2021, World News Day, organized in partnership with the Canadian Journalism Foundation, will take place on September 28. The Science in the Newsroom program will hone in on the challenge of climate change reporting, culminating in a Global eSummit in early 2022.

Wan-Ifra reports positive results for 2020

The General Assembly of members also approved the Wan-Ifra financial report for the year 2020. Wan-Ifra ended the year with a positive result of nearly 60,000 euros from global revenue of 7.14 million euros. The pivot to online events attended by more than 8,000 individuals helped to weather the severe impact of Covid in 2020. The launch of several successful externally-funded coaching programs to support news media companies as they transition to an audience-centric, digital-first business model also contributed to the positive result. In the first half of 2021, more than 4,200 unique individual media professionals already took part in Wan-Ifra programs. Wan-Ifra announced more than seventy-five new member companies in 2020-2021 due to an acceleration of activities.


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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