Hyperlocals and Legacy Media. Media Ecologies in Transition

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Publication Article, peer reviewed scientific
Title Hyperlocals and Legacy Media. Media Ecologies in Transition
Author Nygren, Gunnar ; Leckner, Sara ; Tenor, Carina
Date 2018
English abstract
Declining legacy media seriously affects local journalism in Sweden. Since 2004, nearly every second local of ce for local newspapers has been closed, and local coverage is dimin- ishing. In a parallel development, new types of hyperlocal media are growing, according to a national mapping of local media ecologies. The study presented here is based on two surveys: one of local municipalities and one of independent hyperlocals. The key question is: are hyperlocals lling the gap? In many cases, the motivation behind new hyperlocal media has been discontent with declining media coverage from legacy media. In general, however, the pattern is more complicated; most hyperlocals grow in places where legacy media is also present. The main conclusion is that hyperlocals are only partly lling the gaps from declining legacy media, while parts of Sweden are becoming “news deserts.” Another important result is that hyperlocals are developing both in print and online, often in combination, to create a sustainable business model.
Link http://www.nordicom.gu.se/sv/publikationer/nordicom-review/hyperlocals-and-legacy-media-media-ecologies-transition .Icon
Publisher Nordicom
Host/Issue Nordicom Review;1
Volume 39
ISSN 1403-1108
2001-5119
Language eng (iso)
Subject local journalism
media ecology
free newspapers
local online news
news deserts
hyperlocal
Humanities/Social Sciences
Research Subject Categories::SOCIAL SCIENCES
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/23947 Permalink to this page
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