The Business of Journalism and its role in Democracy


An RISJ project funded by the Open Society Foundations

This project continues our work on current developments in the business of journalism and its role in democracy.

In many countries across the world, the combination of the rise of the internet and the global recession of 2008-2009 has seriously challenged the news industry and its capacity to hold power to account. But despite increasingly widespread fatalism in much of the English-speaking world, the business of journalism remains robust in several developed democracies, and continue to experience rapid growth in some emerging economies.

Our post doctoral research fellow, Rasmus Kleis Nielsen, is working with a network of leading international experts on comparative research to identify the main challenges to commercially funded journalism in eight countries, including developed western democracies like Finland, France, Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom, the United States but also emerging economies like Brazil, and India.

Rasmus will be working from Oxford with our partners around the world on analysing the impact of the internet and the recession on commercially-supported journalism across the world, differing industry and policy responses and the implications of these for democracy and accountability in the target countries.

The project builds on the work that resulted in our recent book on the business of journalism and will result in several publications on international trends in the media sector, industry reactions to current changes, and responses from policymakers.