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30 October 2013

Rachel Atkinson

UCLan report created by those leading and transforming the media business

Pictured is the report's editor, Francois Nel

Leading figures in the media world have worked with academics at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) to create a cutting-edge report highlighting the challenges the industry is currently facing.

In what is thought to be a first-of-its-kind, the inaugural Journalism Leadership Insight report draws on original research by those leading and transforming the business. The authors are all currently working as newspaper editors or senior media executives.

“The report offers much-needed insights into the challenges facing the industry by the very people driving innovation in our sector. The leadership lessons they share couldn’t be more timely.”

The report’s editor François Nel, Director of the Journalism Leaders Programme at UCLan, said: “The report offers much-needed insights into the challenges facing the industry by the very people driving innovation in our sector. The leadership lessons they share couldn’t be more timely.”

Daily Post Wales Editor Alison Gow examined the evolving role of the editor and the competencies required to face the challenges of operating in an increasing complex and competitive media.

Dilyan Damyanov, Director of Information Services at Aii Data Processing in Bulgaria, investigated a slew of new ways that publishers could sell their content.

Aware that the intention to innovate is no guarantee of success, Times Media Group’s Head of Journalism Training Paddi Clay paused to critically reflect on a specific case when newsroom innovation did not deliver.

Steve Matthewson, Managing Editor of News at Business Day and BDlive, explored the social media strategies and practices at two UK newspapers with significant global reach, The Guardian and The Financial Times.

Laurice Taitz-Buntman, the Director of In Your Pocket City Guides in South Africa, considered the challenges top executives face in fostering an innovation culture within their organisations.

All five editors who contributed to this report set out to further equip themselves for the challenge of driving change by enrolling in the pioneering Journalism Leadership Programme at UCLan.

These articles are drawn from their final dissertations for the MA in Journalism Leadership which were supervised by François Nel and Mac McCarthy with additional support from Megan Knight and George Ogola.

To download your free copy of the Journalism Leadership Insight report visit http://www.jotformeu.com/francoisnel/JournalismLeadershipINSIGHT