World Press Trends for WAN-IFRA, the World Association of Newspaper and News Publishers

In February 2018, the IRG team accepted the invitation from the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA) to take on World Press Trends, which since 1989 has provided the most authoritative insights into the dynamics of the global news industry.  Dr François Nel is the editor of WPT and Dr Coral Milbun-Curtis is the chief data analyst. Our first presentation of WPT will be on June 8th at the 70th Congress of WAN-IFRA to be held in Portugal.

Media Sustainability Barometer in collaboration with GFMD, the Global Forum for Media Development

With the support of the Google News Initiative, the IRG team worked on a pilot study with a view of producing an ongoing, broad-based, quantitative tool to measure, monitor and model the forces shaping media sustainability globally. We anticipate that media leaders, policy makers and other development actors will use the MSB, and incorporate it into their evidence-based decision making. The pilot edition focuses on an exploration of media sustainability factors in relation to the UK, in the context of the G7 bloc of highly industrialised nations, as well as the BRICS association of major emerging economies. The 24-page report is available for download.

The World News Publishers Outlook

The Innovation Research Group (IRG) is collaborating with the World Association 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.

The 2016/7 study findings were reported in the World News Publishers Outlook  2017. The next study is underway in collaboration with WAN-IFRA and is expected to be published in 2020.


Recent and current academic papers include:

Nel, F., Milburn-Curtis, C. & Lehtisaari, K. (2020). Successful Exploration: Organisational Ambidexterity and Performance in News Media Firms. Nordic Journal of Media Management, 1(1), 45-62. DOI : 10.5278/njmm.2597-0445.3495

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.

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