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ARTICLE: Who pays for investigative journalism online – and why?

John Price, of University of Sunderland, has surveyed the subscribers of the online investigative journalism co-operative, The Ferret. Price wanted to find out who the subscribers are and what makes them want to invest money on the service. A total of 110 subscribers responded to Price’s survey, which represents a quarter of the small Scottish … Continued


ARTICLE: Sky News’ coverage of Qatar

Qatar Airways, whose parent company is the government of Qatar, has offered generous sponsorship of Sky News’ weather reports over the last decade, write Tal Samuel-Azran and Inbal Assaf, of Sammy Ofer School of Communications. The study examines whether national companies’ sponsorship of content on global news media leads to more positive coverage of the sponsoring … Continued


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ARTICLE: Indirect media bribery common at local and regional levels in US media

The non-transparency of media is related to the issues of native advertising and content marketing. Katerina Tsetsura and Kelsie Aziz, both of University of Oklahoma, surveyed 287 members of the Public Relations Society of America on media transparency practices. According to the results, media bribery is not a pressing issues in the United States. New … Continued


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ARTICLE: Spain’s “Link Tax” increased fragmentation of online news consumption

The 2015 “Link Tax” legislation is Spain imposed a copyright fee for showing snippets of content created by newspapers. Similar regulations are being considered on the European level. Silvia Majó-Vásquez, of the University of Oxford, Ana S. Cardenal, of the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, and Sandra González-Bailón, of the University of Pennsylvania, examined the impact … Continued


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ARTICLE: Advertisers hold back investigative business journalism

The dependence on advertising revenue discourages newsrooms from pursuing critical investigations, Maha Rafi Atal, of University of Cambridge, writes. The author interviewed 22 American and British journalists working in six newsrooms. Atal also had the opportunity to investigate the newsrooms’ financial statements. Many of the newsrooms were heavily reliant on advertising revenue, which made the … Continued


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ARTICLE: Four ways to control media by government funding

“Regulation, legislation, physical attacks, and threats against journalists or media owners are effective methods used to capture the media. But funding is arguably the most effective method of all”, Marius Dragomir, of Central European University (CEU) in Hungary, argues. The article describes trends in how governments use funding to control media, directly and indirectly. There … Continued


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ARTICLE: Hong Kong’s news media increasingly connected to mainland China

Media capture in Hong Kong has distinctive characteristics. There is the uncensored media sector and open market economy, but the relatively small size of the region and proximity to the authoritarian markets and politics of China put pressures on the press, new research finds. The article by Nicholas Frisch of Yale University, Valerie Belair-Gagnon and … Continued


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ARTICLE: Korean ethnic media in North America need financial stability, online strategies and new audiences

Sherry S. Yu, of the University of Toronto, asks how do ethnic media deal with the financial challenges of local news production. The author studied Korean media in Vancouver and Los Angeles doing 35 in-depth interviews with various Korean media outlets, asking about ownership, business models, and marketing strategies to online and cross-language advertising. The … Continued


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ARTICLE: Western Balkan public service broadcasters between a rock and a hard place

Public service broadcasters in the Western Balkan are increasingly caught between political control and market pressures, being financially dependent on politics or advertisers. Marko Milosavljević and Melita Poler, both of the University of Ljubljana, studied the public service broadcasters in seven countries: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro, … Continued


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ARTICLE: Different types of government support could help foster diversity in South African media

There should be more constructive debate about media diversity in South Africa, Julia Plessing of the University of Johannesburg, argues. She studied different types of print media regulation and support in Scandinavia, Latin America and West Africa, and examines these in the South African context. There is a tension between ensuring press freedom by state … Continued