RT @wnip: How local news publishers in Europe are responding to digital "Local and regional newspapers in the sampl…

Better than Paper Twitter 17 Aug 2018 12:44

Like their larger cousins, local newspapers are far from immune from the challenges of the digital era. As a result, many local news publishers are busy adapting their business and editorial models to the realities of an increasingly platform and mobile-led media landscape.

The Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism recently published a new paper on this topic, featuring in-depth findings from 48 interviews with executives, editors-in-chief, digital editors, section editors, reporters, and commercial directors across four different European countries.

Here’s what you need to know from the research.

Four common responses to the changing media environment

“The local and regional newspapers in the sample are far more digitally evolved than some people might expect,” Joy Jenkins, a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Oxford, and one of the two report authors, told What’s New in Publishing via email.

Examples of digital evolution manifest across the titles featured in the study include:

The same principle applies to other parts of your editorial and business model too.

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