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Hong Kong to Host WAN-IFRA's Leading Asian Newspaper Event

Publish Asia 2014, the annual Asian newspaper conference from the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA), is set to take place in Hong Kong on 23-25 of April 2014.

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For its 14th edition, Publish Asia will take the theme, "Riding the Waves of News Media Disruption" and focus on case studies showing how media companies across the globe are defining and implementing innovative strategies to secure their future. More than 400 newspaper executives from Asia Pacific and the Middle East are expected to attend the three-day event.

WAN-IFRA's Asia Pacific Committee chose Hong Kong as a venue as it is one of Asia's most exciting and competitive newspaper markets. It will be the first time that Publish Asia takes place in Hong Kong in its 14 years history.

"The newspaper industry is undergoing tremendous changes," said Keith Kam, the Chairman of the Newspaper Society of Hong Kong and a member of WAN-IFRA's Asia Pacific Committee.   "Publish Asia is a unique annual networking and learning platform that helps news publishers understand the crucial challenges the industry faces and provides them with insights on turning these challenges into opportunities. We are very pleased that this prestigious event will be held in Hong Kong in 2014."

"The biggest challenge for the publishing industry is really how to navigate a media economy that is being re-priced," said Robin Hu, the CEO of South China Morning Post Publishers and a member of WAN-IFRA's Asia Pacific Committee. "Those who have chosen to innovate, preserve their resources, and build on their people and their products will be able to benefit from growth when the new balance of power in the media economy is reached. We are looking forward to listening to case studies from such looking-forward media pioneers at Publish Asia 2014."

"Hong Kong has seen several new free and paid for print titles launches in recent years and traditional newspapers are now aggressively developing the digital side of their businesses," said Gilles Demptos, Director of Events & Publications at WAN-IFRA Asia Pacific. "We trust that the energy and creativity of the Hong Kong's news media scene will inspire and invigorate Publish Asia 2014's delegates from all over Asia."

Publish Asia 2014 will cover the management, advertising and editorial aspects of the newspapers and news publishing business. It will include the following events:

The CEO Conference will look at how the media landscape is changing and how publishers can adapt and define their strategies to ensure a successful future.

The Newsroom Summit will tackle the problems and challenges facing Editors, Managing Editors, News Editors, Chief Reporters and all those who are involved in leading and managing newsrooms in a multiple media environment.

The Advertising Summit aims to cover the latest trends that are currently transforming the relationship between media companies, advertisers and agencies.

The Expo will showcase the latest technology and service offerings for optimizing newspaper production on print as well as on new media platforms, while one-day learning seminars will offer in-depth insights on specific topics.

Winners of the much awaited Asia Media Awards 2014 will be presented during the Asia Media Awards Gala Dinner on 24 April. Registration for the Awards is open from the 10th of December 2013 and the deadline for entries submission is on 31st January 2014.

www.wan-ifra.org

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