The annual World Press Trends report has several revelations: digital news audiences are up 23 per cent from a year ago, newspaper circulation is up two per cent, print advertising revenue comprises 93 per cent, print advertising declined nine per cent, and digital circulation revenue grew 60 per cent (albeit from a low starting point). The report was released at the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers conference. As journalism.co.uk reports, while audiences for digital news are on the rise, companies are not making the most of them.
Gregory Rodriguez, a guest writer for the Baltimore Sun, says the public has turned away from media partly because they vilify politicians as crooks. He asks: What is there left to learn? Media aren't inclusive and rarely tap into regular citizens to discuss issues. Rodriguez says media need to think beyond being democracy's watchdog and become "an active participant in its making."
Caroline O'Donovan, writing for Nieman Journalism Lab, examines the rise of chat apps to spread news. She notes how the BBC is using WhatsApp and WeChat, among others, and viewing these tools as mobile-first news distributors more than chat products. In a particular country, it looks for a market in which it's prominent, an app with good distribution there, and a big story. Once that triangulates, it's on.