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Publish Asia 2017 Calls Asian Press to Address Critical Issues

Wan-Ifra (PR Newswire) - 10 February 2017

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia/PRNewswire/ -- More than 300 media executives from over 30 different countries will gather, from 18-20 April in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia), to discuss critical issues for the future of the Press in the Asia Pacific region. Created in 2000 by Wan-Ifra, the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers, Publish Asia - the undisputed annual meeting place for the Asian news media industry - features three days of exciting masterclasses, conference sessions, networking events and the presentation of the prestigious Asian Media Awards 2017.

The fake news scandal in the US elections has highlighted a major threat to media credibility in the social media era. But it has also opened up opportunities to rebuild the public's trust in quality journalism as it is practiced by legacy media organisations.

Rebuilding Trust in News

Publish Asia 2017 will dedicate a plenary session to review what news media can do to reassess their journalism practices, optimize their news verification processes and strengthen their brands.

Subsequently, a breakout session for editors will initiate a debate on the specific challenges that misinformation/disinformation represents in Asia Pacific and will kick start a conversation on the opportunity to create an Asian fact-checking task force.

VR & New Content Formats with the Guardian

Digital technologies are not only challenging the way news publishers distribute and monetise their content. They also offer extraordinary means for telling a story and delivering brand new informative experiences to our readers and users!

A world's reference for its journalism quality and creativity, The Guardian has been in recent months at the forefront of the development of VR, AR, 360-degree videos and other new content formats. Francesca Panetta, Executive Editor, VR and Head of the Guardian's Virtual Reality Team will lead an exclusive in-depth masterclass at Publish Asia.

The Google News Lab and Big Data expert from NRC Media (The Netherlands), Matthijs Van de Peppel, will also offer advanced masterclasses for the benefit of Publish Asia 2017 participants.

During the various conference sessions, top media executives from Asia and all over the world will exchange insights and best practices for answering key challenges such as:

  • How to win with an audience-centric business model?
  • New print products and production strategies
  • Next level journalism
  • Making sense with data
  • Digging in old and new revenue streams
  • Managing the news media dual transformation
  • Publish Asia confirmed speakers so far include:

  • Sandy Prieto, CEO, Philippine Daily Inquirer, The Philippines
  • Francesca Panetta, Executive editor, VR, The Guardian, UK
  • Bambang Harymurti, CEO & Group Editor in Chief, Tempo Inti Media, Indonesia
  • Scott Armstrong, Chief Editorial Officer, Times of Oman, Oman
  • Marcelo Rech, Editorial Vice President,  RBS Group (Zero Hora), Brazil, and President of the World Editors Forum
  • Juan Senor, Partner, Innovation Media Group, UK
  • Matthijs Van de Peppel, Manager Data Intelligence & CRM, NRC Media, The Netherlands
  • Matthew Baker, Biophysicist, University of South Wales, Australia
  • Mathias Tietz, CEO, Rheinisch-Bergische Druckerei, Germany
  • Shawn DeWeese, Vice President, Mather Economics, USA
  • Anandan Thangasamy, Manager - Technical Services, Star Media Group, Malaysia
  • Ng Hiu-tung, Founder, Factwire, Hong Kong
  • Steven Gan, Editor in Chief, Malaysiakini, Malaysia
  • Manfred Werfel, Deputy CEO, Wan-Ifra, Germany
  • Publish Asia 2017 will also host the prestigious Asian Media Awards ceremony, which will honour on April 19 the best publications in Asia Pacific in the field of Print, Design, Editorial Content, Visual Journalism, Photojournalism, Marketing and Community Service.

To register and for more information, please contact Wilson Leong at or +65-6562-8440 or check the event's website at

WAN-IFRA is the global organisation of the world's newspapers and news publishers. It represents more than 18,000 publications, 15,000 online sites and over 3,000 companies in more than 120 countries. Its core mission is to defend and promote press freedom, quality journalism and editorial integrity and the development of prosperous media businesses.

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