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Digital Media Asia 2018 opens in Hong Kong

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Digital Media Asia 2018 opens in Hong Kong

Over 400 participants are attending Digital Media Asia in Hong Kong: the event is sold out. (File photo)

Asia’s largest digital media conference is being held on Nov. 7, 8, and 9 in Hong Kong, organized by the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers, or WAN-IFRA, the global organization of the world’s press.

Digital Media Asia is a three-day event comprising the conference, masterclasses, a technology and services expo, and the 9th Asian Digital Media Awards, providing valuable case studies, best practices, and key takeaways for editorial and strategic decision-making.

 Digital Revenue, Technology & Innovation are the major themes for the conference, bringing together an international gathering of publishers, editors, chief technology officers, digital business executives, news publisher associations, technology suppliers, service providers, and researchers.

Highlights include:

-- On Wednesday, Nov. 7, several full-day workshops will be held including the first Facebook Journalism Project News Day in Asia for news editors, journalists, producers, news video and graphics professionals; and a blockchain reporting masterclass covering everything a journalist needs to know to understand the blockchain space. Participants in the Product Development masterclass will learn how to manage digital news products and create a culture of innovation in the newsroom, while web editors and designers will be picking up strategies and tactics to improve user experience to create more revenue while minimising cost.

-- On Thursday, Nov. 8 morning, an opening session titled Transformation and Business Models will feature keynotes showcasing how news media companies are reinventing their business models, changing the culture, and transforming themselves into agile publishing powerhouses. 

South China Morning Post CEO Gary Liu will showcase how 20 months of digital transformation have brought rapid changes to the 115-year-old newspaper, from commercial, editorial and culture perspectives, as well as the new products and marketing initiatives. Deputy Executive Editor Zuraidah Ibrahim will then discuss how changes to the newsroom have helped push digital mentality and workflow, and also touch on SCMP's partnerships with other digital newsrooms.

Schibsted’s Head of Editorial, Torry Pedersen, will discuss how the Norwegian media giant is continuously expanding into new markets and business areas, and how its established businesses are reinventing themselves in the digital age. In this presentation, he will place special focus on mobile and digital subscriptions.

-- On Thursday, Nov. 8 evening, the Asian Digital Media Awards 2018, jointly presented by WAN-IFRA and Google, will recognize publishers that have adopted digital media and mobile strategies as part of their total product offering to meet the changes in how people consume news and information today. Gold, Silver and Bronze winners will be revealed.

-- On Friday, Nov. 9 morning, a session titled Digital Media Consumption Trends in Asia will include a presentation on the Reuters Institute Digital News Report, with a special focus on Asia. Drawing on the world’s largest ongoing, international study of news and media use, this presentation will look at the main trends in the region, key differences between markets, and the similarities and differences between Asian markets and developments elsewhere. Covering the relative decline of social media, move to messaging applications, and changes in the business of news, this presentation provides crucial context for editorial and strategic decision-making across the world.

In addition, two authors of the China Internet Report will discuss the unique characteristics of China's burgeoning Internet landscape, the role of the country's tech giants - Baidu, Alibaba and Tencent (BAT), the "Social+" approach that underpins Chinese e-commerce models (including the media), and the government's visible hand across the entire digital space, from business to blockchain.

These are just a few of the highlights you can expect WAN-IFRA’s Digital News Asia 2018 conference. The full program can be found here


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2018-11-07 06:42

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