Francois Nel

Francois Nel
University of Central Lancashire | UCLAN · Department of Journalism

PhD City University London

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Introduction
Are you an academic who is not only working WITH media companies to support existing operations, but also IN media companies to help drive change? Are you also keen to link up with others to explore case studies with the view of identifying themes to be taken forward to inform practice or/and lead to research publications? Then check out the ‘Embedded Journalism Education, Embedded Journalism Educator’ project: http://www.heacademy.ac.uk/events/detail/2014/Seminars/AH/GEN922_UCLAN

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Now in its 32nd year, the annual World Press Trends report from the World Association of Newspapers (WAN-IFRA) includes a survey of news industry leaders. These slides share some of the emerging findings from the 2021-22 data. A full report will be published in early 2022.
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The notion of Entrepreneurial Orientation (EO) is operationalized here to explore the influence of press freedom (PF) on the performance of news media firms. We find that growth in reader revenues (RR)—digital and print—is statistically significantly correlated to both EO and PF, suggesting that subscriptions to independently produced news are like...
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Purpose: This paper sheds light on the distinctive nature of entrepreneurial-oriented behaviours in news media firms. We reconsider conceptualisations of exploitation and exploration in the industry and seek to explore the extent to which they are related to organisational performance. Methodology: In a cross-sectional study, we draw on data from a...
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This paper reflects on entrepreneurship, leadership and the entrepreneurial orientation of firms in order to propose a construct of entrepreneurial leadership and to discuss its link to organisational performance in the context of the contemporary news media industry. Drawing on original data collected from 68 countries through a 22-question survey...
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Thought leaders that work inside, alongside and outside news media firms were invited to workshop hosted by Prof Charlie Beckett of Polis, the London School of Economic’s media think thank. The discussion was sparked by concerns about fake news and focused on three themes: data for better journalism; engagement tools and systems that deliver value...
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Leading a news media business has never been simple, but success in today’s increasingly turbulent and competitive environment requires entrepreneurial leadership distinct from other behavioural forms of leadership. This paper reflects on both entrepreneurship and leadership in order to develop a construct of entrepreneurial leadership in the conte...
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A preliminary report of impressions from the Journalism Entrepreneurship Summit 2015, the first effort to convene key stakeholder groups face-to-face in order to take the pulse of the UK’s journalism entrepreneurship ecosystem. Convened by François Nel of the universities of Central Lancashire (UCLan) and Oxford in collaboration with William Perr...
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Remarks made at the opening of the Journalism Entrepreneurship Summit 2015 on what it is - and why I think it matters.
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Articles by editors and senior media executives from the UK, Bulgaria and South Africa that draws on research conducted as part of the requirements for the Master of Arts in Journalism Leadership offered by the pioneering School of Journalism and Digital Communication at the University of Central Lancashire, Preston. The collection is edited by the...
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" The British newspaper industry’s health, under pressure since advertising share started slipping in 2005, worsened dramatically in 2007 with the advent of what has become known as the Great Recession – and continues to struggle into 2013. Just how publishers have responded to the challenges to their traditional business model is examined –...
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Predictions of the imminent death of once-powerful printed newspapers have grown louder in many developed countries, where structural changes fuelled by shifting consumer demand and the rapid growth of networked digital technologies have battered the sector. Nonetheless, most publishers are still in operation, albeit with shrinking readerships and...
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"Newspapers are in flux. Having seen their traditional businesses battered by forces that include the structural changes fuelled by the rapid growth of networked digital technologies and the cyclical shifts in the economy, mainstream news publishers have intensified efforts to adapt their journalism processes and products in order to generate new i...
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"Predictions of the imminent death of once-powerful printed newspapers have grown louder in many developed countries, where structural changes fuelled by shifting consumer demand and the rapid growth of networked digital technologies have battered the sector. Nonetheless, most publishers are still in operation, albeit with shrinking readerships and...
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Excerpted from the third annual World Newsmedia Innovation Study 2012 (formerly the World Newsmedia Future & Change Study) conducted in 9 languages, which is available from: http://www.wnmn.org . More Info: Nel, F. (2012) "The Innovation Imperatives for Newsmedia Managers, Executives" In Stone, M., Nel, F., McBride Mensching, L. and Lin, E. (2012...
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The need for journalism curriculum reform is widely acknowledged in the United Kingdom, yet the wheels of the academy turn slowly. How are its journalism educators to resolve this dichotomy and meaningfully prepare their students for the realities of a fast-changing profession? This essay critically reviews an intervention designed to complement an...
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Much like their counterparts in the United States and elsewhere, British newspaper publishers have seen a sharp decline in revenues from traditional sources—print advertising and copy sales—and many are intensifying efforts to generate new income by expanding their online offerings. A study of the largest circulation newspapers in the 66 cities in...
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"These have been bruising times for those who work in the newspaper industry – and, more specifically, for those who have been forced out. And there are many of them. This study’s principal author François Nel of the University of Central Lancashire estimates that the UK’s mainstream journalism corps has shrunk between a quarter and a third over t...
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Once suspicious, even hostile towards the Internet, most mainstream media groupsare now diving digital. But it's not only the industry attitude towards technology that is getting a rethink. Demand for new skills and fresh approaches have news organisations reconsidering their stance on staff development, too. More Info: NEL, FRANÇOIS (2006) “Dive...

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On 27 Feb 2015, entrepreneurs, funding and support agencies, and policy makers and researchers will be gathering in London for the (inaugural) Journalism Entrepreneurship Summit in order to share experiences - and to reflect on how we might (better) work together going forward.  I'm chair the research panel and keen to hear from scholars who would like to be involved  as representers and participants), as well as anyone else who might help us frame the questions researchers should be asking of the others involved - and ourselves.  The event is sponsored by the MADE (Media And Digital Enterprise) Project, which was the first UK winner of the International Press Institute's News Innovation Contest sponsored by Google.

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Launched in 2009 in wake of the (last) global economic meltdown, I set out to learn about the performance of news media companies and present and future priorities of their managers. In collaboration with my research partner at the University of Oxford, Dr Coral Millburn-Curtis, I've recently revised the questionnaire and also re-connected with my founding partners, the World Association of Newspaper and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA). During the third quarter of 2016, we conducted a 22-question survey in 11 languages. By far the largest group of respondents - 43% - were 'Senior Managers,' which we defined as owners, publishers and CEOs The findings will now be published in September 2017 as the World News Publishers Outlook 2017, a companion to the World Press Trends report. A number of academic papers drawing on the data are also in the works (some available on this site). I would certainly welcome any colleagues would like to collaborate on any journal articles or book chapters that draw on the data, don't hesitate to be in touch. A little more about the project here: http://bit.ly/wnmo2016rebooted