From robo-journalists to bendy smartphones to the ongoing battle between publishers and ad-blockers, the Reuters Institute launches its new Digital News Project with a set of technology and industry predictions for the global media in the year ahead.
For the past decade, the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, a collaborative commitment between the University of Oxford and the Thomson Reuters Foundation, has served as the leading forum for engagement between scholars and practitioners of journalism and as an international research center in the comparative study of journalism.
Digital News Report evolves to become the Digital News Project
Among its activities, the Institute produces an annual Digital News Report which aims to deliver useful and timely data about the industry’s transition to digital. Each year, the report brings together an annual benchmarked international survey and a series of essays which help to contextualize some of the key themes.
In 2016, the Institute is expanding on this work to produce the Digital News Project; eight industry-focused reports created by an expanded team of researchers, sponsors and collaborators exploring digital developments across multiple countries.
Predictions for the year and key findings
The first installment in the series, Journalism, Media and Technology Predictions, 2016, offers a glimpse into some of the emergent technology and industry trends this year.
“News organizations enter 2016 worrying about digital revenues in a world increasingly affected by ad-blocking and the rise of distributed content,” says Nic Newman, digital media consultant, research associate at the Reuters Institute and author of the report. “They also know they need to keep an eye on the future with the rise of online video, new immersive storytelling and Virtual Reality.”
Newman’s research includes a survey of 130 senior digital leaders across 25 countries, designed to identify and measure industry challenges and opportunities. His findings span online video, mobile, online advertising and more.
Download the full report: Journalism, Media and Technology Predictions, 2016