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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


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ARTICLE: Readers want quality journalism, innovation, and financial independence from Guatemalan and Nicaraguan news sites

Readers associate innovation with unique or alternative ways of doing journalism, not necessarily with just technology. A research by Summer Harlow, of Florida State University, looked at audience motivations of choosing news sources and their opinions about digital news sites in Guatemala and Nicaragua. A convenience sample of readers of Plaza Pública and Confidencial Digital … Continued


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REPORT: Best practices for newsroom collaboration

Collaboration between commercial and non-profit newsrooms can be mutually beneficial, but the projects should be well planned lest they fall through. A new report from the American Press Institute details the potential benefits and pitfalls of these collaborations. The report, authored by Jason Alcorn, is based on interviews with “more than two-dozen” American news workers … Continued


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ARTICLE: Information overload makes readers willing to pay for news

People who feel overloaded by news information are more willing to pay for news, write Sun Kyong Lee and Nathan J. Lindsey, both of University of Oklahoma, with Kyun Soo Kim, of Chonnam National University. The authors surveyed 1 001 Americans over their news consumption habits, views on news, and their “perceived news information overload”. … Continued


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REPORT: Use of paywalls in Europe

More and more news outlets are using paywalls to compensate for declining legacy revenues and insufficient digital advertising incomes. The report studies 171 news organizations in six European countries: Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Poland, and the UK. The report was written by Alessio Cornia, Annika Sehl, and Rasmus Kleis Nielsen, of the Reuters Institute for … Continued


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ARTICLE: Public affairs news attract little crowdfunding

Journalism covering non-public affairs is more likely to successfully gather crowdfunding than public affairs journalism, Nicole Ladson and Angela M. Lee, both of University of Texas at Dallas, write. The authors analysed the funding patterns of 35 “columns”, or series of stories by one journalist, published on the crowdfunding platform Byline. The authors’ sample consisted … Continued


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CFP | 15.9. | Current debates and future directions in media industry studies

A conference entitled “Media Industry Studies: Current Debates and Future Directions” is calling for papers, panels and workshops. The event will take place between the 18th and 20th of April 2018 in London, United Kingdom. The conference’s focus is on the field of media industry studies, rather than on the media industry itself. In short, … Continued



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ARTICLE: Success in media entrepreneurship is not all about location

Media startups can survive and even flourish in areas previously thought to be less-than-optimal, write Cindy J. Price Schultz, of University of Wyoming, and Myrtle Jones, of Rochester Institute of Technology. The authors conducted case studies on two very different media companies, operating in rural Wyoming and the inner-city neighborhood of Harlem, New York, respectively. … Continued


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VIDEO: Media ownership and journalistic content

Roddy Flynn, a lecturer at Dublin City University talked to us about his research into the relationship between media ownership and journalistic content. He tells about findings concerning a study on whether media owners are treated differently by their own reporters. Flynn’s project looked at the public service broadcaster in Ireland and the largest private … Continued