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Evidence gathering on the current state of the Welsh newspaper industry - The future of newspapers; a comparative assessment

Franklin, Robert Arthur 2009. Evidence gathering on the current state of the Welsh newspaper industry - The future of newspapers; a comparative assessment. [Project Report]. Welsh Assembly Government.

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Abstract

The purpose of this paper is to explore recent developments in the UK newspaper industry in the context of press developments in Europe, North America and globally. Innovations in media technologies, increasingly competitive and fragmenting markets for readers and advertising revenues, government media policy, the changing structures of news industries and changing audience requirements for news and the ways in which it is presented and delivered, are impacting on journalists’ employment, and changing radically the ways in which journalism organisations and media businesses function. One response to such changes has been to speculate about the ‘end of newspapers’. The assumption informing this paper, as well as the evidence it presents, suggest that such predictions are ahistorical, reflect a Eurocentric view of press developments and within the UK, ignore significant differences in newspapers’ fortunes deriving from their location in distinctive market sectors. The argument of this paper is that UK newspapers are adapting and accommodating to these developments by changing almost every aspect of their style, form and contents. The declining newspapers titles, circulation and advertising revenues which typify UK and European newspapers, have no counterpart in India, China, Latin America and parts of Africa where the newspaper business is booming.

Item Type: Monograph (Project Report)
Status: Published
Schools: Journalism, Media and Culture
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
Publisher: Welsh Assembly Government
Last Modified: 12 Jun 2019 02:13
URI: http://orca-mwe.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/18315

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