Dr Francois Nel was one of three experts selected to undertake the industry overview
A University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) academic’s expertise in journalism has seen him take a leading role in studying world press trends.
Dr François Nel, Reader in Media Innovation at the Media Innovation Studio, was one of three European-based experts who undertook the analysis for the 30th edition of the World Press Trends report.
The findings of the report underscores the ongoing conundrum of the industry: Overall global revenues in 2018 continued to shrink as did newsrooms, yet paying audiences and demand for quality news continue to increase.
This year’s data also shows the myriad challenges facing publishers, but, quite interestingly, statistical evidence of the impact of a free and independent press on a number of critical societal issues.
The report analyses the data collected from WAN-IFRA’s annual survey of more than 50 countries, in addition to the insights and data from its global partners, including ZenithOptimedia, IPSOS, PwC, Chartbeat, Parse.ly, and IO Technologies.
“In the fog of questionable content today, consumers are increasingly seeking trusted, quality content. And this is not lost on publishers who are sharpening their focus on building engagement with their readers who are likewise more willing to pay for content, and more,” says Vincent Peyrègne, CEO of WAN-IFRA.
“This year’s data also shows the myriad challenges facing publishers, but, quite interestingly, statistical evidence of the impact of a free and independent press on a number of critical societal issues.”
Dr Francois Nel, Reader in Media Innovation
Joining Dr Nel, who is Editor of World Press Trends, for this year's analysis was Dr Coral Milburn-Curtis, Associate Fellow at Green Templeton College, University of Oxford; and Professor Castulus Kolo, Macromedia University of Applied Sciences, Munich (Germany).
World Press Trends features many of the industry key performance indicators. Here are some of the findings from this year's report: