REPORT: Developing digital news in public service media

 Newspaper stand, BJ by faungg's photos, licence: CC BY-ND 2.0

Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism (RISJ) has published a new Digital News Report 2017. The authors are Annika Sehl and Alessio Cornia, both Research Fellows at the RISJ, and Rasmus Kleis Nielsen, Director of Research at the RISJ. The report analyses how public service media organisations are developing new projects and products to deliver digital news.

Six countries were covered: Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Poland, and the United Kingdom. Also 36 interviews with senior editors and managers as well as people working as part of the team behind specific new projects were conducted .

The report identifies four factors that are necessary for the development of digital news in public service media organisations, and three additional factors that facilitate it:

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  • strong and public support from senior leadership
  • buy-in from the wider newsroom
  • the creation of cross-functional teams with the autonomy, skills, and resources to lead and deliver on projects
  • an audience-centric approach[/spoiler]

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  • having a development department specifically for news
  • being able to bring in new talent
  • working with external partners[/spoiler]

In transforming environment public service media organisations have to keep changing to develop their digital offerings. They have to find new and effective ways of serving the public.

The report is available on RISJ website here.

Picture: Newspaper stand, BJ by¬†faungg’s photos, licence: CC BY-ND 2.0

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