Winners of Wan-Ifra South Asian Digital Media Awards 2022

The Quint, The Hindu, Prothom Alo, Indian Express among winners

The award ceremony will be held on 16 March 2023 during the Digital Media India 2023 Conference in New Delhi.

The Quint, The Hindu, Prothom Alo, and Indian Express are among the winners of the South Asian Digital Media Awards 2022, from more than 100 entries from news publishers across South Asia.

The World Association of News Publishers (Wan-Ifra) on 30 January announced the winners of the sixth edition of the digital media awards for South Asia. The awards, evaluated by a panel of international judges, recognize outstanding digital media projects delivered by news publishers from across the region.

The 2022 edition saw news publishers competing under 13 different categories for Gold, Silver, and Bronze. The ‘Gold’ winners automatically enter Wan-Ifra’s World Digital Media Awards competition.

The award ceremony will be held on 16 March 2023 during the Digital Media India 2023 Conference in New Delhi.

The Gold of the best news website went to; Silver went to TV Today Network Hindi; and Bronze to TV Today Network English.

The jury said the websites are a strong, independent journalistic voice, that genuinely experiments with formats and storytelling, and feels deeply digital. Another jury member said the impressive range of offerings and formats cater to many types of readers.

The Gold for the best ePaper concept went to The Hindu e-Paper; Silver went to Interactive epaper, DT Next; and Bronze to The Daily Prothom Alo eEdition.

The jury said the intelligent digital-first approach recognizes how the audience consumes content. “This is a great example of how print products can be diversified and where the brand has leveraged their understanding of product-market fit,” a jury member said.


Best Use of Video

Gold: ABP Centenary Campaign

Silver: Rising Waters and Sinking City, The Quint

Bronze: Dhal Char, Deutsche Welle

Best Newsletter

Gold: Morning Expresso, The Indian Express

Best Data Visualization

Gold: Islamophobia 365, The Quint

Silver: Seeds of Protest, The Quint

Bronze: Artemis Moon Mission, India Today Group Digital

Best Digital Subscription Initiative

Gold: Indian Express Subscription, The Indian Express

Silver: TH Newsletters, The Hindu

Bronze: New Subscription Model, The Daily Prothom Alo

Best Trust Initiative

Gold: Women in Journalism, Afghanistan Women News Agency

Silver: Sach Ke Sathi Flagship, Jagran New Media

Bronze: BBC Young Reporter India, BBC News

Best Podcast

Gold: Shet Market, Sakal Media 

Silver: Ankahee Baatein, People Like Us Create (Pluc)

Bronze: 3 Things, The Indian Express

Best in Audience Engagement

Gold: ABP Centenary Campaign

Silver: Padma Bridge Inauguration Campaign, The Daily Prothom Alo

Bronze: Kanneerakaruthu Kalyanam Campaign, M M Publications (Vanitha)

Best Digital Advertising Project

Gold: Bkash Eid Ayojon, The Daily Prothom Alo

Silver: Abashon Mela (Real Estate Fair), The Daily Prothom Alo

Best special project for Covid-19 / Pandemic Reporting

Gold: India’s Girls Out Of School, The Quint

Silver: Breaking News, Dainik Jagran-inext

Bronze: HH Covid Actions, Hindustan Media Ventures

Best Use of Short Form Video

Gold: Trending & Current Affairs, The Hindu

Silver: Mini profiles during UP Election, BBC News

Bronze: Breaking News, Dainik Jagran-inext

Best Native Advertising / Sponsored Content Campaign

Gold: Banega Swasth India, NDTV Convergence

Silver: Coimbatore Unlimited, The Hindu

Bronze: Ask Him Today, The Quint

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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