WAN-IFRA, why not?

blog_wanifra_smallAre you a media professional happening to be in Amsterdam next week? Here’s some good news… The 2014 edition of the World Publishing Expo, the largest global trade exhibition for the news publishing and media industry, organized by WAN-IFRA, is in town!

WAN-IFRA is the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers, and the event will be held at Amsterdam RAI from October 13th to 15th 2014.

Either you are a professional or just curious about the new trends in the world of digital publishing and digital printing, this event is a great opportunity to discover more about the sector and why not, for networking.

Countless exhibitors are joining the initiative, mainly providers of the news and publishing industry, representing the showcase for all the relevant state-of-the-art technologies and services to publish news.

Names such as ABB, Agfa, arvato, Canon, Fujifilm will definitely ring a bell for the professionals. But also younger companies such as Crowdynews, Twipe, Redweb and PressReader will likely make you curious about what happens behind the scenes of the news platforms we get access to every day.

An Expo Visitor Pass will give you the possibility to attend the Media Ports: the open stages located in the centre of each exhibition hall, which offer parallel programs during the three days involving international keynote speakers, practical cases and success stories, talks and discussions. An online registration is recommended since registering on-site is more expensive.

The Media Ports will focus on Content, Revenue and the Power of Print, revealing the new frontiers of content management, responsive design and mobile publishing. It will also tell us more about paywalls and new revenue streams and, for who is interested in the printing industry, about automation and optimized paper handling & logistics.

A more costly pass will give you access to the strategic conferences 13th International Newsroom Summit, 7th Tablet & App Summit and World Printers Forum: three unmissable occasions to listen to key speakers representing the publishing scenery worldwide.

While the International Newsroom Summit will show how successful editors are synchronizing their newsrooms to the digital world, the Tablet and App Summit – with its motto Think mobile in everything you do- will showcase recent mobile news case studies and explain how to build winning news products.

Finally, the World Printers Forum will guide WAN-IFRA’s activities in all areas of newspaper production, materials and sustainability: promoting the unique value of print, encouraging the creation of innovative products, as well as developing new business models for print and operating printing plants as an independent profit centre.

A particularly stimulating side event will also take place on Monday 13th: the Startup Tour, a unique chance to explore the vibrant journalism startup scene of The Netherlands. A canal boat ride will stop at De Correspondent, Blendle and Nieuwsatelier, the first incubator for journalism startups in The Netherlands.

If your busy schedule will not allow you to join the event, you can always keep up with the event through the rich WAN-IFRA blog and the several social media pages covering the initiative.

Are you are still doubtful whether participating or not? Then it might be helpful to have a look at the complete WAN-IFRA programme. Hoping that our article made you curious, we hope to see you there!


(c) Logo: WAN-IFRA Text © Amsterdam Culture / Elisa Conselvan


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