Media Rumble to be held on 14 and 15 October 2022

Sixth edition will focus on the most pressing matters

The sixth edition of the news media forum will be held on 14 and 15 October 2022 at India Habitat Centre. Photo: The Media Rumble
The sixth edition of the news media forum will be held on 14 and 15 October 2022 at India Habitat Centre. Photo: The Media Rumble

The sixth edition of the news media forum, The Media Rumble, will be held as an in-person event at India Habitat Centre, New Delhi, on 14 and 15 October 2022.

The annual media fest, organized by arts company Teamwork Arts and independent news media platform Newslaundry, features a lineup of sessions with leading news professionals, tech innovators, filmmakers, writers, policymakers, and investors.

There will be discussions, interviews, and masterclasses to discuss some of our most pressing matters, especially in the media space, throughout the day.

The forum will explore various aspects of legacy and new media, from editorial strategy to technology and public policy to economics with insights from speakers such as Shashi Tharoor, Sophie Zhang, Kanchan Gupta, Sucharita Tyagi, Meena Kotwal, RJ Sayema, Hartosh Singh Bal among others.

The topics will range from gender and caste diversity in newsrooms to climate coverage to legacy versus digital media to abuse and threats to journalists, whistleblowing, and identity politics in the Northeast.

Click here for more details and book your seat to enjoy the two-day sessions.

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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