The World News Media 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 Media Outlook to be published in the Summer of 2017.


Recent academic papers include:

Nel, François, Lehtisaari, Katja. and Millburn-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 Millburn-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.