The World News Publishers Outlook 2017

The Innovation Research Group (IRG) is collaborating with the World Assocation of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA) on a study to better understand and benchmark senior decision-makers’ responses to the challenges across the news company value chain.

The study aims to help news media executives to:

  • benchmark their company’s performance against industry norms around the world
  • compare the strategic priorities of leaders from the C-suite and across editorial, commercial and technology management
  • identify if the priorities of highly profitable companies differ from those of loss-making ones

We are inviting editorial, commercial, technology and senior management to complete a 20-question survey that is available in 10 languages: English as well as Arabic, Chinese, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Persian, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.

Respondents are offered both a free summary of the study report and an invitation to special webinar hosted by WAN-IFRA. The study findings will be reported in the World News Publishers Outlook to be published in the summer of 2017.



Recent and current academic papers include:

Nel, François, Lehtisaari, Katja. and Milburn-Curtis, Coral. (2017). ‘Entrepreneurial leadership and value creation in news media organisations.’ Future of Journalism Conference 2017. Cardiff University, Wales, 14-15 September 2017 — (accepted).

Nel, François, Lehtisaari, Katja. and Milburn-Curtis, Coral. (2017). ‘Choosing for success, how divergent priorities of innovating leaders at ambidextrous news media forms reflect on the bottom line.’ Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Media Markets, Global Media–Canadian Edition, 10 (1).

Nel, François, Lehtisaari, Katja. and Milburn-Curtis, Coral. (2015). ‘Exploring confidence: entrepreneurial leadership in news media organisations.’ International Media Management Academic Association (IMMAA) Annual Conference, Lomonosov Moscow State University, Faculty of Journalism, 17-18 September 2015.

Lehtisaari, Katja and Nel, François (2015) ‘Play, pause, stop? Newsmedia managers’ perspectives on change.’ Panel: Shifting journalistic cultures: Challenges for innovating journalists and media managers. 15th Aleksanteri Conference of the Culture and Russian Society. University of Helsinki, Finland, 21-23 October 2015.

Nel, François, Lehtisaari, Katja and Milburn-Curtis, Coral. (2015) ‘Clashes or Consensus? What editorial, commercial and senior newspaper executives at profitable and unprofitable companies believe about the dynamic capabilities of their firms – and each other’s ability to deliver.’ Negotiating Culture Conference, Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, Oxford, 28-30 October 2015.

We welcome opportunities to collaborate, so please don’t hesitate to get in touch.