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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


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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