Wan-Ifra announces new dates for the World News Media Congress

Registrations are open for the virtual congress

Wan-Ifra announcing the new dates for the World News Media Congress 2021
Wan-Ifra announcing the new dates for the World News Media Congress 2021

Wan-Ifra will hold the World News Media Congress as a virtual event from 29 November to 2 December 2021. The 2022 World News Media Congress will be held in Zaragoza, Spain. Taipei is the initially planned venue for this year’s congress, which will now host the event in June 2023.

This year’s virtual congress will include the World Media Leaders Summit, the World Editors Summit, the Golden Pen of Freedom, and the Women in News Summit. It is free for Wan-Ifra members. For details and regular updates, please visit the event website. Registration is open here.

The decision to move the congress online follows consultation with exhibitors, speakers, officials, and their strategic partner UDN (United Daily News Group of Taiwan) in light of the health restrictions applied in the country.

The 2021 congress is part of a growing offering of virtual business events by Wan-Ifra. Since the beginning of 2021, more than 7,000 professionals have attended Wan-Ifra’s conference program, marking a record audience since the launch of its virtual offering in 2020.

Confirming the plan for future events, Wan-Ifra has announced that the 2022 World News Media Congress will be held in Zaragoza, Spain. The congress is scheduled from 28 to 30 September 2022 in partnership with Spanish publishing house Henneo. The 2023 congress will take place in Taipei, Taiwan, in June 2023 with the support of local partner UDN. 

About the Wan-Ifra World News Media Congress

The World News Media Congress is the annual meeting of news publishers, editors, and entrepreneurs from all over the world, a ‘one-stop shop’ for news publishing strategies, operational insight, and practices. It is hosted in a different city each year. The 2019 congress in Glasgow drew around 900 news media professionals from more than 60 countries for three days of conferences, executive meetings, networking, and social events. 

The Congress encompasses related events, including the Media Leaders Summit aimed at executive decision-makers; the World Editors Forum for editors, newsroom managers, and senior journalists; and the Women in News Summit for women in the industry and those who champion increased women’s leadership and voices in the news. The board meetings of Wan-Ifra’s various governing and advisory bodies also take place during the congress.


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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