On Digital Distribution’s Failure to Solve Newspapers’ Existential Crisis: Symptoms, Causes, Consequences and Remedies

Thurman, N., Picard, R.G., Myllylahti, M. & Krumsvik, A.H. (2018). On Digital Distribution’s Failure to Solve Newspapers’ Existential Crisis: Symptoms, Causes, Consequences and Remedies. In: S.A. Eldridge II & B. Franklin (Eds.), Routledge Handbook of Developments in Digital Journalism Studies. . London: Routledge. ISBN 9781138283053

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Abstract

This chapter examines some of the symptoms and causes of the crisis facing newspapers via analyses of their finances and of audience measures. The consequences of the crisis, and whether there are any realistic remedies, are also considered, both in relation to journalism as a product and to the institutions, such as newspapers, that have traditionally produced it. We start with an analysis of the financial performance of multiplatform news publishers in Australia, Europe and the USA, which leads us to conclude that digital distribution is not reversing newspapers’ decline, and raises questions about the support for journalism in the long term. Next, some of the consequences of the declines that have already taken place are discussed. Moving from consequences to possible remedies, the chapter focuses on two areas. Firstly, media policy, and secondly, journalism as a product: what news should be produced and how it should be delivered. Another strand of the chapter concerns audience measures. They are used to help explain newspapers’ continuing dependency on print revenues, and are understood, depending on their constitution and use, as both a party to the crisis and as an able assistant in its alleviation.

Item Type: Book Section
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of a book chapter to be published by Routledge in Routledge Handbook of Developments in Digital Journalism Studies and to be available online at https://www.routledge.com/
Divisions: School of Arts > Department of Journalism
URI: http://openaccess.city.ac.uk/id/eprint/18551

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