Publishing and media is still in a state of flux. The covid crisis and repeated lockdowns have accelerated existing trends towards digital platforms. Newsstand sales have declined, subscriptions have boomed, advertising first crashed and is now recovering. In person events were replaced by virtual, online communities flourished, and ailing print titles closed. The industry learned to work remotely, and borders disappeared for subscribers, audiences and staff.
Now, for the first time in over a year, we can come together and share the stories of those recent torrid months. And maybe discover, in fact, just how innovative and inventive we can be. Conferences and awards have pivoted, print titles have embraced digital subscriptions, e-commerce has boomed, and new products have launched.
Whether you work in consumer magazines, B2B and professional publishing, membership organisations or news media, there is great value in listening to your peers. The challenges they have faced. The innovations from their teams. How their audiences and advertisers have adapted to a world lived online and remotely. And what the future holds.