We are keen to connect with others who also care about news media sustainability and who can help in any, or all, of the following ways - critically review our pilot study, join our global panel of media experts, collaborate on analysing the data for public, policy and scholarly fora worldwide, help fund our efforts, spread to the word to others who might be interested too.
But first, a little background.
Those concerned with the sustainability of the news media worldwide recognise that if this issue is to managed, it needs to be measured and monitored. While several frameworks for media viability indicators have been proposed over the past three years, calls for their implementation have not been answered - until now.
Drawing on proposals by UNESCO and Deutsche Welle Akademie, the Innovation Research Group (IRG) has worked with the Global Forum for Media Development (GFMD) to create a broad-based, quantitative tool to measure, monitor, map and model the forces shaping media sustainability globally.
The Media Sustainability Barometer (MSB) is underpinned by data on 264 countries and terrestrial regions drawn from a range of global databases including the World Bank, Transparency International, OECD etc. as well as data from an expert panel. Structural equation modelling was used to estimate relationships amongst MSB factors (political, economic, social, technological, legal and media-specific indicators).
The report on our pilot study of the G7 and BRICS blocs of nations is available to download once you respond to the questions below and press 'SUBMIT'.
We welcome questions or suggestions, so please don't hesitate to be touch.
Thank you in advance!
Dr François Nel & Dr Coral Milburn CurtisInnovation Research Group, UK - www.innovationresearchgroup.com