Innovating Journalism Practices and Processes

While audiences spread their attention and spending within an increasingly fragmented media ecosystem, a phenomenon that is presenting critical sustainability issues for journalism and its democratic function, legacy media leaders and innovators from around the world are experimenting with a variety of strategies in order to develop an innovation culture without endangering today’s revenues (Küng, 2013). Funded by the European Media Managment Association, and involving partners from Latin America and Europe, Innovating journalism structures and processes adopts a mixed methods and multidisciplinary collaboration to explore innovation processes, strategies and structures within news organisations. The study will, for the first time, map international practices from Latin America and Europe that journalism innovators are exploring to create robust responses to the fundamental challenges presented by digital transformation, and this data will catalyse a tangible prototype comprising a toolkit of best practice approaches and structures.

With a focus on processes, structures and the metrics used to measure innovation, it will create both greater understanding of the effectiveness of innovation activities across multiple media systems and, underpinned by the comparison between Latin American and European media systems, and a solutions-based prototype will be aimed at supporting multiple industry actors.

PI: John Mills

Co-Is: Dr Ana Cecilia Bisso Nunes, Professor Eduardo Pellanda, Professor João Canavilas

Partners: Pontifical Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul, University of Beira Interior, UCLan