Strategies of newsroom convergence: comparing UK and Chinese newspaper groups

Gu Yu 2016. Strategies of newsroom convergence: comparing UK and Chinese newspaper groups. PhD thesis University of Westminster Journalism and Mass Communication

TitleStrategies of newsroom convergence: comparing UK and Chinese newspaper groups
TypePhD thesis
AuthorsGu Yu

This research examines media integration in China, choosing two Chinese newspaper groups as cases for comparative study. The study analyses the convergence strategies of these Chinese groups by reference to an Role Model of convergence developed from a literature review of studies of cases of media convergence in the UK – in particular the Guardian (GNM), Telegraph Media Group (TMG), the Daily Mail and the Times.

UK cases serve to establish the characteristics, causes and consequences of different forms of convergence and formulate a model of convergence. The model will specify
the levels of newsroom convergence and the sub-units of analysis which will be used to collect empirical data from Chinese News Organisations and compare their
strategies, practices and results with the UK experience.

The literature review shows that there is a need for more comparative studies of media convergence strategy in general, and particularly in relation to Chinese media. Therefore, the study will address a gap in the understanding of media convergence in China. For this reason, my innovations have three folds:

Firstly, to develop a new and comprehensive model of media convergence and a detailed understanding of the reasons why media companies pursue differing
strategies in managing convergence across a wide range of units of analysis. Secondly, this study tries to compare the multimedia strategies of media groups under
radically different political systems.

Since, there is no standard research method or systematic theoretical framework for the study of Newsroom Convergence, this study develops an integrated perspective. The research will use the triangulation analysis of textual, field observation and interviews to explain systematically what was the newsroom structure like in the past and how did the copy flow change and why.

Finally, this case study of media groups can provide an industrial model or framework
for the other media groups.


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