Wan-Ifra announces Digital Media Awards Asia 2022

Astro AWANI, Tatler, SPH Media among top winners

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The winners were awarded at a ceremony in Singapore on 3 November

The Wan-Ifra‘s Digital Media Awards Asia recognizes news media organizations that are leaders in the adoption of digital media and mobile strategies in response to how people consume news and information. One hundred and forty-five entries were submitted in this year’s competition. Malaysian broadcaster Astro Awani, British magazine Tatler and Singapore’s SPH Media emerge as the biggest winners of the Digital Media Awards Asia 2022.

The winners were awarded at a ceremony in Singapore on 3 November 2022 as part of the Digital Media Asia conference, with about 300 attendees from 98 organizations in 27 countries.

Malaysian broadcaster Astro AWANI which entered the competition in the small/medium category, won gold and silver in the best Special Project in Covid-19, gold in the Best Branded/Sponsored Content Campaign, and was runners-up in the Best Newsletter,
The Tatler shone in the small/medium publisher category, and they also beat their larger counterparts to clinch gold in the overall Best Newsletter category. They also won gold in both the Podcast/Digital Audio Project and Best Lifestyle or Sports Site in the small/medium category.

Singapore’s SPH Media won overall gold and silver in the Best Lifestyle or Sports Site, gold in the best Podcast/Digital Audio Project, and runners-up in the Special Project in Covid-19.
This year’s competition also saw first-time winners in BuddyKu, CNN Indonesia, Commonwealth Magazine, Economist Impact, GMA News Online, Continentalist, Our Grandfather Story and The Storm Media.

Best News Website or Mobile Service

Gold – CNA website and app by CNA, Mediacorp Pte Ltd
Silver – Redesign and Content Integration CNN Indonesia by CNN Indonesia
News media companies with annual revenue of less than US$10 million
Gold – Eco-Business by Eco-Business Pte Ltd
Gold – The Environmental Reporting Collective by Oceans Inc
Silver – Kontinentalist by Kontinentalist

Best Lifestyle or Sports Site

Gold – How have Singaporean homes changed over the decades? by The Straits Times, SPH Media
Silver – How the Ukraine war is making this popular Singaporean dish more expensive by The Straits Times, SPH Media
News media companies with annual revenue of less than US$10 million
Gold – Launch TatlerAsia.com by Tatler
Silver – Lifestyle section at Zing News by ZingNews

Best Use of Online Video

Gold – Disordered by Stuff Circuit
Silver – 29 Amazing Districts by CommonWealth Magazine
News media companies with annual revenue of less than US$10 million
Gold – Ten Meters Up: A Year With Singapore’s First Olympic Diver by Our Grandfather Story
Silver – Slice of Life: The Infinite Loop of Debt by BuddyKu

Best Data Visualisation

Gold – Tracking how Russia fabricated its pretext for invading Ukraine by Nikkei Asia
Silver – How the Northern sea routes will change the world’s major traffic flows by Nikkei Asia
News media companies with annual revenue of less than US$10 million
Gold – Sexual Violence in Singapore: A Crisis by Kontinentalist
Silver – Tracking the Malaysia floods: a visual story by Eco-Business

Best Branded / Sponsored Content Campaign

Gold – Back to Blue by Economist Impact x The Nippon Foundation
Silver – ICA Invisible Guardians by Mediacorp Pte Ltd, Brand Studio
News media companies with annual revenue of less than US$10 million
Gold – Agro-X by Agrobank by Astro AWANI
Gold – Energy and Better Life by Bisnis.com – Bisnis Indonesia
Silver – Wise Up With Ryan | DBS Foundation by Our Grandfather Story

Best in Audience Engagement

Gold – Dapat Totoo by GMA News Online
Silver – 8world Entertainment Lifestyle – Christmas Treasure Street by Mediacorp Pte Ltd
News media companies with annual revenue of less than US$ 10 million
There are no winners in this special category.

Best Newsletter

Gold – The Deep Dive by Tatler Gen.T
Silver – Street Letter by The storm media
News media companies with annual revenue of less than US$ 10 million
Gold – Tatler Dining Weekly by Tatler
Silver – 7 Topik Terhangat by 7 Astro AWANI

Best Podcast / Digital Audio Project

Gold – The Unsolved Mysteries of Southeast Asia Podcast series by The Straits Times, SPH Media
Silver – The Lake by Popsock Media/Stuff
News media companies with annual revenue of less than US$ 10 million
Gold – Crazy Smart Asia by Tatler Gen.T
Silver – Middle Earth Podcast by The World of Chinese

Best Special Project for Covid-19

Gold – The Whole Truth: Covid-19 Vaccination by Stuff
Silver – Remembering the 5 million lives lost to Covid-19 by The Straits Times, SPH Media
News media companies with annual revenue of less than US$ 10 million
Gold – Covid-19: Data dan informasi setakat ini by Astro AWANI
Silver – Rentas Jambatan Endemik by Astro AWANI

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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