Authorship and Research Acknowledgements for the 2015 Digital News Report

Dr David A. L. Levy is Director of the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism and an expert in media policy and regulation. He previously worked at the BBC both as a news and current affairs producer, reporter, and editor, and later as Controller Public Policy. He is the author of Europe’s Digital Revolution: Broadcasting Regulation, the EU and the Nation State (Routledge, 1999/2001), and joint editor with Rasmus Kleis Nielsen of The Changing Business of Journalism and its Implications for Democracy (RISJ, 2010). He co-authored The Public Appetite for Foreign News on TV and Online (RISJ, 2013) and jointly edited, with Nigel Bowles and James T. Hamilton, Transparency in Politics and the Media: Accountability and Open Government (RISJ/I. B. Tauris, 2013).

Nic Newman is a journalist and digital strategist who played a key role in shaping the BBC’s internet services over more than a decade. He was a founding member of the BBC News Website, leading international coverage as World Editor (1997–2001). As Head of Product Development he led digital teams, developing websites, mobile, and interactive TV applications for all BBC Journalism sites. Nic is currently a Research Associate at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism. He is also a consultant on digital media, working actively with news companies on product, audience, and business strategies for digital transition.

Dr Rasmus Kleis Nielsen is Director of Research at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism and Editor in Chief of the International Journal of Press/Politics. His work focuses on changes in the news media, political communication, and the role of digital technologies in both. He has done extensive research on journalism, American politics, and various forms of activism, and a significant amount of comparative work in Western Europe and beyond. Recent books include The Changing Business of Journalism and its Implications for Democracy (2010, edited with David Levy), Ground Wars: Personalized Communication in Political Campaigns (2012), and Political Journalism in Transition: Western Europe in a Comparative Perspective (2014, edited with Raymond Kuhn).

Commentary and additional insight has been provided by academic partners and by our network of Reuters Journalist Fellows around the world,1 particularly in providing national context on our country pages, where authorship is indicated by initials. We are particularly grateful to:

  • Fergus Pitt (FP), Senior Research Fellow, Tow Center at the Columbia School of Journalism
  • Alexandre Lechenet (AL), Reuters Journalist Fellow and writer and data-journalist at Libération
  • Esa Reunanen (ER), University of Tampere, Finland
  • Kim Christian Schrøder (KCS), Professor, Department of Communication at Roskilde University (RUC) in Denmark
  • Samuel Negredo (SN), Alfonso Vara (AV) and Avelino Amoedo (AA), Center for Internet Studies and Digital Life at the University of Navarra
  • Uwe Hasebrink (UH) and Sascha Hölig (SH), Professor and Senior Researcher at the Hans Bredow Institute for Media Research, Hamburg
  • Flávia Marreiro (FM), former Reuters Journalist Fellow and São Paulo-based sub-editor at the Spanish newspaper El País
  • Nicola Bruno (NB), former Reuters Journalist Fellow, co-founder and journalist at the news agency in Italy
  • Yasuomi Sawa (YS), former Reuters Journalist Fellow and journalist who has been working with Kyodo News, Japan
  • Jerry Watkins (JW), Associate Professor and Director, News and Media Research Centre at University of Canberra
  • Michelle Dunne Breen (MDW), Research Associate, News and Media Research Centre at University of Canberra
  • Jane Suiter (JS), Director of the Institute for Future Journalism and Media at Dublin City University
  • Niamh Kirk (NK) Researcher and PhD Candidate (Journalism and Digital Media) in the School of Communications, Dublin City University

Additional expert analysis and interpretation of the survey data were provided by Richard Fletcher at the Reuters Institute and also by the team at YouGov, in particular, Shaun Austin, Charlotte Clifford, David Eastbury, and Alice Kerry.

  1. Reuters Fellowships offer an opportunity to mid-career journalists to spend time researching an aspect of journalism for one or more terms at the Institute in Oxford.