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ARTICLE: Studying users, businesses and competition helps news startups

Starting a new news media business is difficult in an unstable environment of today. Christoph Sommer of TMT Industries (formerly of the University of Zurich) studied processes and practices of market orientation of news startups. Sommer’s research focuses on market intelligence about users, business customers and competitors. The article is based on four case studies … Continued

ARTICLE: Thermal imaging technology in journalism

Roy S. Gutterman, of Syracuse University, and Angela M. Rulffes, of Ithaca College examine whether a tort violation of privacy could result from the use of thermal imaging technology for the purposes of newsgathering. In the past few years thermal imaging technology has found its way to the civilian world and also journalists have begun to use this … Continued

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ARTICLE: Comparing news apps in 10 countries

Teresa Nozal Cantarero and Ana González-Neira, of The University of A Coruña, and Elena Valentini of Sapienza University of Rome, looked at 148 news applications from 20 newspapers in 10 different countries. They analyzed 81 apps for smartphones and 67 for tablets, studying the multimediality, interactivity and commercialization of the apps. The researchers compared apps … 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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ARTICLE: Algorithms challenge journalists’ professional judgment

The use of algorithmic judgment for news selection and placement should be considered distinct from journalists’ professional judgment, argues a new article by Matt Carlson, of Saint Louis University. The growing use of algorithms in automated news distribution and production challenges  journalists’ professional judgment. As human subjectivity can be seen as vulnerable to mistakes, and … Continued

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ARTICLE: Rather than dying, print is innovating its way into the future

The “meme” of print journalism on its deathbed is uncalled for, argue John O’Sullivan (Dublin City University), Leopoldina Fortunati (University of Udine), Sakari Taipale (University of Jyväskylä), and the late Kevin Barnhurst (University of Illinois). The authors pick through five ongoing processes affecting print journalism, and they arrive to the conclusion that print will be … Continued

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REPORT: Publishers see the future in distributed content

News organisations large and small are experimenting with a wide variety of distributed content models, media and communications consultant Kevin Anderson writes in a recent Reuters Institute report. The document is based on interviews with representatives of different organisations across the world. Anderson’s sample consists of both large legacy newsrooms, such as the New York … Continued

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VIDEO: Hyperlocal projects in Sweden

We interviewed Elizabeth Stur of Mid Sweden University, Asta Cepaite of Lund University and Lottie Jangdal of Mid Sweden University about their new project on hyperlocal media in Sweden. They are studying hyperlocal journalism entrepreneurs working in the countryside. The project started during the autumn in 2016. The researchers are aiming to follow local entrepreneurs … Continued