Wan-Ifra webinar on AI for journalists and newsrooms

London School of Economics leverage the power of AI for journalism

Wan-Ifra webinar on AI for journalists and newsrooms tomorrow

Artificial intelligence, AI, is taking over the world. It involves computers doing mundane jobs and helping humans to focus on more important and creative tasks. The world of journalism is no different too, and the Covid-19 pandemic has accelerated the adoption of AI in several newsrooms.

In this two-part webinar on AI in journalism on 14 September and 21 September, supported by Facebook Journalism Project India, attendees will find out how AI is helping journalism, how some leading newsrooms benefited from it, and how AI is used for news gathering, production, and distribution. Attendees will also hear about the initiative from London School of Economics collaborating with journalists to leverage the power of AI for the betterment of journalism. 

The first session of the webinar will be held on 14 September from 1400 – 1500 hrs IST. Lakshmi Sivadas, JournalismAI Community coordinator, Polis LSE will be the speaker for the webinar. She is also a Tow audience engagement fellow at the Marshall Project. During her time there she investigated post-Sandy recovery efforts in the Rockaways, New York City, using engagement reporting methodologies. She worked in NDTV and also in CNBC on two primetime, award-winning daily news shows.

Click here to register for the first session of the webinar

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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