The newspaper industry was abuzz earlier this summer, when “Page One,” a documentary about the New York Times, made its debut. The film analyzes the future of printed newspapers in America. “With the Internet surpassing print as our main news source and newspapers all over the country going bankrupt, ‘Page One’ chronicles the transformation of the media industry at its time of greatest turmoil,” said its official news release.
It asks the questions many are thinking, and which the News Print pavilion can answer: How do we adapt? How do we monetize? How do we profit? The attendees at GRAPH EXPO know that print is not dead but also acknowledge that it is different. Conventional web-offset presses still hum at daily and weekly newspapers across the U.S. Yet the digital element cannot be denied. Wider inkjet web presses are reproducing books and direct mail, and the technology soon may find its way into newspaper applications. Localized printing on demand helps keep newspapers viable and relevant overseas, and the trend has come to the states as well.
GRAPH EXPO’s popular new ‘home’ for newspaper production pros is back for its second year thanks to attendee demand. “News Print: The Newspaper Pavilion” is one of 2011’s special show-floor features.
At 9,000 square feet, this year’s pavilion is more than 10 percent larger than last year’s. It is devoted to the needs of newspaper printers looking to cut costs, boost profits, develop cross-platforms, and make informed buying decisions. Vendors representing all phases of the newspaper production cycle are either in or adjacent to the pavilion: from press manufacturers to prepress and postpress suppliers and even cross-media software developers.
Industry events co-located with GRAPH EXPO include: the International Newspaper Group; the KBA Users Group Conference; the manroland Users Group Conference and Board of Directors meeting; and, the Muller Martini Conference and Board meeting.
The News Print Pavilion is sponsored by News & Tech magazine.