Wan-Ifra Digital Media India speakers announced

16 and 17 March in New Delhi

The list of speakers for Wan-Ifra's Digital Media India 2023 Conference.

Wan-Ifra has announced the first set of confirmed speakers for the Digital Media India 2023 Conference to be held on 16 and 17 March in New Delhi. This year’s lineup has a dynamic and diverse group of experts in the field of the digital news publishing business.

The speakers will provide insights and valuable perspectives on the latest developments impacting the digital news publishing business. The topics include digital transformation success stories, innovation in news media, how to ace the reader revenue game, content monetization that worked; modern CMS, data analytics, women leadership in digital business, and the future and revenue beyond advertising.

The list of speakers for Wan-Ifra’s Digital Media India 2023 Conference.

The speakers are Lucio Mesquita, head of Editorial and Operations, Earshot Strategies, United Kingdom; Saemmool Lee, head of Digital Innovation, Dong-A Ilbo, South Korea; Bharat Gupta CEO, Jagran New Media, India; L V Navaneeth, CEO-The Hindu Group; Nikhil Pahwa, founder and Editor of MediaNama; Deepit Purkayastha, co-founder of Inshorts and Public app; Ritu Kapur co-Founder and CEO, The Quint, India; Pradeep Gairola, vice president and Business Head – Digital, The Hindu Group; A B M Jabed Sultan chief business officer, Prothom Alo Digital; Hanna Israel, head of My Country Talks; and Bettina Widmer, head of Vertical Hub, Blick Group, Switzerland.

Digital Media India is in its 12th year in 2023. For the last more than a decade, the event has served as a platform to learn about the challenges and opportunities in the digital media business and has evolved with the growth of digital media business in the Indian subcontinent.

The list of speakers for Wan-Ifra’s Digital Media India 2023 Conference.

For the 2023 edition, the event focuses on the changes in revenue and technology shaping the future of business. The exclusive parallel track for discussion on technology, and the various panels and success stories on revenue will provide new ideas and inspiration.

The event also presents the South Asian Digital Media Awards recognizing and celebrating the outstanding digital media projects done by South Asian news publishers.

The target audience is CEOs, managing directors, publishers, editors-in-chief, COOs, CMOs, CTOs, chief digital officers, digital business heads, digital revenue strategists, innovation managers, online product/project managers, and heads of digital business units.

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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