Publish Asia 2019: Transforming the Business of News

  • Asia's leading publishers gather in Singapore share strategies on new business models, new products, pricing, data, events, trust in advertising, online video, podcasts and apps
  • Keynotes by Singapore Press Holdings CEO Ng Yat Chung and Caixin Media Publisher, Hu Shuli
  • Opening speech by Singapore's Minister for Communications and Information, S Iswaran
  • Release of the first 12-country APAC survey findings on the most trusted media platforms by WAN-IFRA and Syno International
  • Newsroom Summit Asia 2019 heralds the launch of the World Editors Forum Asia Chapter, the second regional chapter to be launched in the global editors group's 26-year history after South Asia

SINGAPORE, May 7, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Now in its 19th edition, Publish Asia 2019 will see 250 key decision makers in the region's news industry meeting in Singapore May 7-9 to discuss the future of media. It is an exciting time to be in Asia's news industry, as media companies are rapidly transforming amid sweeping economic and political developments. With elections taking place in Thailand, Indonesia, the Philippines, India and elsewhere this year, the need for timely, accurate information to drive decision-making and inform the public is absolutely critical in a world which is awash with online falsehoods.

Publish Asia 2019
Publish Asia 2019

Also running concurrently will be Newsroom Summit Asia, which will offer dedicated sessions focusing on the challenges facing editors, newsroom managers and journalists. Featured topics include new initiatives, trends, solutions and heavyweight issues of concern to editors, including threats to editorial independence, journalist safety and sustainability.

Organised by the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA), Publish Asia is back in Singapore after moving across the region for the past 15 years. Its return to the Lion City coincides with the bicentennial of Singapore's modern founding, the 35th anniversary of Singapore Press Holdings and Channel NewsAsia turning 20.

Some 40 speakers from 14 countries will share their best practices at this three-day event with conference sessions and masterclasses designed for senior management, executives and editorial staff in the publishing and media industries. Hear from internationally-acclaimed speakers such as Juan Senor, President of Innovation Media Consulting Group and Raju Narisetti, Professor of Professional Practice at Columbia University and former CEO of Gizmodo Media Group, ex-SVP of Strategy at News Corp, former Washington Post Managing Editor, past Editor of the Wall Street Journal Europe and founder of Mint.

Other speakers include:

  • Andy Budiman, CEO, KG Media, Indonesia
  • Chavarong Limpattamapanee, Chairman, National Press Council of Thailand
  • Cherilyn Ireton, Executive Director, World Editors Forum, WAN-IFRA, UK
  • Dr Jochen Krauss, Partner, Simon-Kucher & Partners, Singapore
  • Elsie Cheung, COO, South China Morning Post, Hong Kong
  • Esther Ng, Chief Content Officer, Star Media Group, Malaysia
  • Fergus Bell, Founder, Dig Deeper Media, UK
  • Goh Sin Teck, Editor, Lianhe Zaobao & Lianhe Wanbao, Singapore Press  Holdings
  • Hari Shankar, Singapore Media Exchange
  • Helena Phua, Executive VP, The New York Times, Hong Kong
  • Holly Wainwright, Head of Content, Mamamia, Australia
  • Jaime Ho, Chief Editor, CNA Digital, Mediacorp, Singapore
  • Joji Philip, Founder & Editor-in-Chief, DealStreetAsia, Singapore
  • Kang Wan Chern, Editor & Business Editor, The Myanmar Times
  • Loh Chee Kong, Deputy Chief Editor, TODAY, Mediacorp, Singapore
  • Lulu Terianto, President Director, Bisnis Indonesia
  • Samanthi Dissanayake, Asia Editor, BBC News Website
  • Savan Wijewardene, Head of Digital, Associated Newspapers of Ceylon
  • Sonny Kwon, Founder & CEO, PUBLISH Inc, South Korea
  • Stig Jakobsen, Editor-in-Chief & CEO, iTromso, Norway
  • Syamil Fahim Mohd Fahim, COO, Karangkraf Media Group, Malaysia
  • Tan Lee Chin, COO (Content & Commercial), Sin Chew Media Corp, Malaysia
  • Thomas Jacob, COO, WAN-IFRA
  • Uni Lubis, Editor-in-Chief, IDN Times, Indonesia
  • Warren Fernandez, Editor-in-Chief, The Straits Times, Singapore
  • Yan Naung Oak, Senior Advisor, Phandeeyar Innovation Lab, Myanmar
  • Zuraidah Ibrahim, Deputy Executive Editor, South China Morning Post.

The full programme and speaker line-up can be viewed here.

To celebrate the best work in the industry, 48 awards across 15 categories will be presented at the Asian Media Awards Dinner hosted by Singapore Press Holdings on 8 May 2019 at the Singapore Flyer.

Conference participants will also get an insider's glimpse of the digital transformation underway at Singapore Press Holdings, one of the largest media companies in Southeast Asia. They will learn how editorial decisions are informed by data and find out how print, digital and radio operations work together in the newly-renovated newsrooms of The Straits Times, Lianhe Zaobao, SPH Radio, and visit the Integrated Marketing Department and the brand new multimedia studio.

A group of masterclass participants will also visit Mediacorp, which has one of the largest newsrooms in the region, housing TV, digital and radio news teams in four languages working alongside each other on a single floor and also Bloomberg Singapore, to find out how the financial news giant delivers business and financial information, news and insights in 5,000 stories a day from over 176 locations around the world.


WAN-IFRA (, or the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers, is based in Paris, France, and Frankfurt, Germany, with subsidiaries in Singapore, India and Mexico. It represents more than 18,000 publications, 15,000 online sites and over 3,000 companies in more than 120 countries.

The WAN-IFRA Asia Pacific office, based in Singapore, helps to bring services such as training, events, consulting, and publications closer to members in the region.

PR Newswire is the media partner of Asian Media Awards.


Joon-Nie Lau
Director, Asia
WAN-IFRA Asia-Pacific Pte Ltd
Phone: +65 6562-8442
Mobile: +65 9684-3181
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