World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers

Digital Media Asia 2013



Digital Media Asia 2013

Date and Location

  • 12 Nov 2013 - 14 Nov 2013
    Kuala Lumpur

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Tuesday, 12. November 2013

  • 9:30
    The new face of newsrooms in the digital era

    Whether they are small local news outlets or well-known international brands, newcomers are re-inventing the news business online. From the way they gather the news to their sites’ design and their ad serving techniques, Buzzfeed and its likes are changing the rules of the game.


    Transforming the newsroom 
    What can traditional media in their transition to digital learn from the success of new online pure-players? SPH's flagship newspaper share its experience on its way to a full newsroom integration.
    Warren Fernandez, Editor, The Straits Times, Singapore


    The new journalistic long tail
    Launched in 2012, The Times of Israel has quickly become one of the major players covering the Middle East in English, with 2 million unique users monthly. A prime reason for this success is the creation of a thriving blog platform that includes more than 1,000 bloggers.
    Grig Davidovitz, CEO, RGB Media, Romania 

  • 11:00
    The evolution of paid content

    More than 50% of U.S. newspapers now charge for some of their online content. In Asia Pacific, even print-centric emerging markets are making their first attempts at online content monetization while on more mature markets, metered paywalls become the norm.


    Paid for Digital Content
    More and more news media companies have been introducing online paywalls, hoping to bring in much needed revenue. Discover a variety of concepts, strategies and lessons learned from implementations around the world.
    Thomas Jacob, COO, WAN-IFRA


    Implementing a metered paywall
    The metered paywall is the most successful and most widely implemented model worldwide for charging for online content. How to define and fine-tune the paywall? How to convince users to register and subscribe?
    Andrew Holden, Editor In Chief, The Age, Australia


    Where premium could be optimum
    In markets where broadband penetration is still low and where only a relatively small elite might be willing to pay for very specific online content, the premium model could be the best strategy.
    Sachin Gopalan, CEO, Beritasatu Media Holdings, Indonesia

  • 14:00
    Mapping the latest social media trends

    The social media world is evolving at the speed of light. News media must comprehend and embrace the latest platforms in order to engage their younger readers, improve their news gathering, and identify new monetization opportunities.


    New trends and best practices in social media
    This presentation will review the latest trends in social media and give insights on how to thrive on this media platform. From the emergence of hyper-local social networking to the importance of visual marketing, ROI and analytics.
    Kiruba Shankar, CEO, BusinessBlogging, India


    Social media as a news distribution channel
    A winner of Gold (2010) and Silver (2012) in Best in Online Media at the Asian Digital Media Awards, SENATUS ( currently has more than 760,000 fans on Facebook and more than 30,000 influencers in the social network. Insights on how to curate content, build readership and improve engagement on Facebook and other platforms.
    Kien M. Lee, Founder & MD, SENATUS, Singapore


     Successful media on social networks is a global social media and digital analytics company with customers in 75 countries.  This session will benchmark the effectiveness of Asian media companies social marketing campaigns across all major networks, such as Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, LinkedIn...
    Vincent Camara, Regional Director APAC,, Singapore


    Which social networks are worth your time?
    Social networks are a dime a dozen these days, but which ones are waxing in importance and which ones are waning? Most importantly, which ones are worth your time as a publisher? Coconuts grew from a local Bangkok blog to a network of city websites with nearly 500,000 monthly uniques, and we don't plan on stopping growing any time soon. Find out how we built this readership by aggressively embracing social media and without paying much attention to SEO.
    Byron Perry, Managing Director, Coconuts Media, Thailand 

  • 16:00
    Value transfer in digital publishing

    Content aggregators, search engines, social media networks and powerful advanced analytics have brought about disruptive changes in the publishing ecosystem. As a publisher, how do you react to the disintermediation of your digital value?


    Where will the next disruptions come from?
    A conversation between publishers and key industry players such as Google, Yahoo! or Microsoft about technology, innovation and the next changes to be expected.

    Moderator: Adam Najberg, Asia Digital Editor, The Wall Street Journal, HK
    Panellists: Alan Soon, Head of Audience and Managing Editor SEA, Yahoo! ;  Todd Forest, Executive Producer Asia, Microsoft Online Media & Publishing; Parin Mehta, Strategic Partner Lead SEA, Google.

    Content, corporates and cooperation....and news!
    Brands and news agencies are both partnering and competing with media companies. They play an important role in the movement towards branded content and increased customer engagement.
    Joachim Schmaltz, VP Asia, Reuters Media, Hong Kong
    Dan Sloan, Editor in Chief, Nissan Global Media Centre, Japan 

Contact information



  • Eamonn Byrne, Business Director, The Byrne Partnership Ltd, UK
    Eamonn Byrne
    Business Director, The Byrne Partnership Ltd, UK
  • Adam Najberg
    Asia Digital Editor, The Wall Street Journal, HongKong
  • James Cadman
    Head of Tablet Editions, Metro, UK
  • Warren Fernandez
    Editor, The Straits Times, Singapore Press Holdings
  • sue brooks
    Sue Brooks
    Director of Video Transformation, Associated Press
  • Anjali Kapoor
    Director, Digital News Strategy, The Globe and Mail, Canada
  • Philip Golingai
    Editor, The Star Online, Malaysia
  • Geoff Tan
    Senior Vice President, Head - Strategic Marketing, Singapore Press Holdings, Singapore
  • Mal Dale
    General Manager, The Readership Works, Australia
  • Todd Forest
    Executive Producer Asia Pacific, Microsoft Online Media and Publishing, Singapore
  • Phalgun Raju
    Vice President & General Manager of the Japan, Asia Pacific Brand Business, InMobi, Singapore
  • Parin Mehta
    Strategic Partner Lead, Google
  • Andrew Holden, Editor-in-Chief, The Age, Australia
    Andrew Holden
    Editor-in-Chief, The Age, Australia
  • Dan Sloan
    Editor-in-Chief, Nissan Global Media Center, Nissan Motor Co., Yokohama
  • Cheryl Cheng
    General Manager, PHD, Malaysia
  • Maria Ronson
    Vice President of Sales for Asia, Associated Press, Hong Kong
  • Vincent Camara
    Regional Director APAC,, Singapore
  • Cheryl Goh
    Regional Marketing Vice President, GrabTaxi, Malaysia
  • Kien M. Lee
    Founder and Managing Director, SENATUS.NET, Singapore
  • Sachin Gopalan
    CEO, Berita Satu Media Holdings, Indonesia
  • Grig Davidovitz
    CEO, RGB Media Inc, Israel
  • Thomas Jacob
  • Alan Soon
    Head of Audience & Managing Editor, Southeast Asia, Yahoo!
  • Graham Hinchly
    Engineering Manager FT Labs, FT, UK
  • Naoki Onodera
    Manager, Digital Publishing Office, Publishing Division, The Mainichi Newspapers, Japan
  • Joachim Schmaltz
    Vice President Asia, Reuters Media, Hong Kong
  • Christina Lo Man Ki
    Deputy Editor-in-Chief, Apple Daily, Hong Kong
  • Audra Martin, Vicepresident, Advertising and Operations, Economist Digital
    Audra Martin
    Vicepresident, Advertising and Operations, Economist Digital, UK
  • Byron Perry
    Founder and Managing Director, Coconuts Media, Thailand

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