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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


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ARTICLE: Research should cut back on celebrating innovation

Brian Creech, of Temple University, and Anthony M. Nadler, of Ursinus College, argue against journalistic innovation as a scholar-supported ideal. The authors analysed “over 50” research documents dealing with the future of journalism, prepared by various organisations between 2009 and 2016. The investigated literature largely advocates innovation and change as the panacea to journalism’s ills, … Continued


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CFP: Media Innovations Symposium 2017

The sixth annual International Symposium on Media Innovations is now looking for paper submissions. The event will take place on the 16th and 17th of October 2017 in Tallinn, Estonia. Selected papers will be published in the open access Journal of Media Innovations. The event is interested in innovations and change in general, “in all … Continued


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ARTICLE: Online news startups struggled more in France compared to US

What explains the different development of online news startups in different locations? The new study by Matthew Powers of the University of Washington and Sandra Vera Zambrano of Universidad Iberoamericana compares startup scenes of Toulouse and Seattle. Seattle hosts many news startups. In Toulouse, despite also having favorable conditions for the creation of startups, there … Continued


PAPER: The three puzzles of newsroom innovation

The issues hindering innovation in newsrooms can be divided into three “sub-conflicts”, writes Ville Seuri, a Reuters Institute fellow and an assistangt chief sub-editor of the newspaper Helsingin Sanomat. Seuri interviewed seven mid-level managers working for the Guardian, the Independent, and Buzzfeed. According to Seuri, the conflicts are those between: goals, leadership roles, and control … Continued