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World Newspaper Congress Presents Focus on Asia

When it comes to the strategies and practices that will ensure the future of newspapers, all eyes should be turned toward Asia.

It is in Asia where growth in print newspaper circulation is more than offsetting the losses of circulation in the West, resulting in global newspaper growth.

And it is in Asia where digital innovators are turning out remarkable strategies that capitalize on the region's growing digital usage as well.

A new generation of newspaper company leaders are emerging in many Asian markets, and the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA) is bringing them together for the World Newspaper Congress, to be held in Bangkok, Thailand, from 2 to 5 June next.

These newspaper industry leaders will share their strategies and practices in a "Focus on Asian media" session at the Congress, which is expected to draw 1,200 publishers, CEOs, managing Directors, chief editors and other newspaper and news media executives to Bangkok.

The session, to be chaired by Robin Hu, Chief Executive Officer of the South China Morning Post, will feature:

Azrul Ananda, President Director of Jawa POS, Indonesia's leading newspaper group that includes over 180 publications and 20 local TV channels spread all over the country.

Jeongdo Hong, Vice President of JoongAng Media Network, the largest media group in the Republic of Korea. He is in charge of managing 25 streams of media platforms, including newspapers, television broadcasting, magazine publication, book publishing and Internet/mobile service.

Sandy Prieto, Chief Executive Officer of the Philippine Daily Inquirer, a pioneering women in the senior ranks of Asian media who has brought social involvement and entrepreneurship to her company with innovative brand extensions, strong community projects and advocacy.

Supakorn Vejjajiva, President & Chief Operating Officer of Post Publishing in Thailand, publisher of the English-language Bangkok Post and the Thai-language business daily Post Today. Mr Vejjajiva has been instrumental in expanding the Post's media reach to include M2F, a free Thai-language daily with over 400,000 distribution, ten magazines, and news and current affairs programming operations on free to air, cable and satellite television.

The 65th World Newspaper Congress, 20th World Editors Forum and 23rd World Advertising Forum, which will run concurrently in Bangkok, are the global summit meetings of the world's newspapers and news publishers.

Alongside the Congress, Editors Forum and Advertising Forum, Info Services Expo 2013 will present innovative solutions from the international suppliers' community. The exhibition offers visitors the opportunity to meet the leading suppliers to the newspaper industry and discover cutting-edge products, services and technologies.

As always, the events are accompanied by an array of social events, gala dinners and lunches and are considered to be the premier opportunity to meet colleagues from around the world.

www.wan-ifra.org

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