Press & Media

Squeezed profit margins and an oversupply of news online means consolidation is on the cards. Publishers need scale to balance the power of the tech platforms and to achieve economies around new technology and skills. Scale will increasingly mean operating across multiple platforms so expect TV/print mergers, challenging regulators to think differently about issues such as media ownership and pluralism. At the same time, the era of VC money flowing freely into pure media start-ups will come to an end as it becomes clear that the majority of ad revenue will continue to go to tech platforms. With media start-ups looking to be acquired, strategist Kevin Anderson predicts that “there will be a wave of acquisitions mostly by big entertainment and broadcasting firms”.

An interdisciplinary approach is needed if some progress is going to be made in the social media space, feels Julian Sanchez, a senior fellow at the Cato Institute, a public policy think tank. “We need social media where people listen to each other, where they can find common ground, and work together.” While social media has some societal benefits, it can have some very harmful effects on people, says John Carroll, a media analyst and journalist based in Boston. Despite its warts, social media and online environments have clear benefits that are also worth preserving. One of the most popular cures for an ailing computer, or Hollywood movie franchise, is often a reboot. Some of our previous students’ project work has led to journal and conference publication, giving them a head start in their careers.

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Her dissertation research focused on feminist interpretation and using walking tours to expand this narrative and break down barriers to the museum. Molly Shandis a recent MA Museum Studies graduate from the University of Leicester, with a particular interest in the ludic role of the museum. Her research is multidisciplinary, having obtained an undergraduate degree in Interior Architecture and Design from Arts University Bournemouth.

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Not surprising then that in our Digital Leaders survey, publishers say they will be increasingly focusing on these platforms. 56% say Facebook Messenger will be an important or very important part of their offsite initiatives this year. Other new platforms they are planning to experiment with include Kik, Viber, Telegram, Line and WeChat. People increasingly prefer to share content not on big open networks – where they may have a very large and wide network – but within apps like WhatsApp, Snapchat and Facebook Messenger where they can have more control. Users of WhatsApp, for example, are over 60% more likely to be sharing photos than Facebook users. Expect controversies over which fact-checking services are used, who is funding them and why.


The arrival of Donald Trump in the White House and elections in France and Germany will highlight the increasing power of new communication channels as traditional media continues to lose both influence and money. Television remains the most widely used medium across Indonesia’s vast population, much of which is still not online. Major national commercial networks such as TV One and Metro TV amongst others compete with state-owned Televisi Republik Indonesia . Indonesia is the largest market in Southeast Asia with a lively and diverse media sector. But economic pressures generated by Coronavirus, concerns about fake news, and the threat of multiple legal provisions relating to criminal defamation made 2020 an especially challenging year for media businesses. Kick-off your digital media career with a degree in which you will build practical skills, produce industry-standard work, and build a stand-out portfolio – this is your ticket into modern media.