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"Studies of user-generated content: A systematic review" published OnlineFirst in "Journalism"

Abstract: This article presents a review of communication research on user-generated content with a special focus on studies which include a content analysis. The trends of research on this comparatively new and rapidly developing subject are systematically discussed and desiderata are identified. The evaluation is based on a content analysis of pertinent approaches in nine relevant international peer-reviewed journals published from 2004 to 2012. From the results, the article concludes that user-generated content is approached by scholars from a variety of perspectives and offers scope for interdisciplinary cooperation but also notes that several of the challenges posed by the continuously changing nature of the content are not fully met. 

Naab, T. K. & Sehl, A. Studies of user generated content: A systematic review. Journalism: Theory, Practice and Criticism. Prepublished October, 16, 2016, DOI: 10.1177/1464884916673557



Private Sector Media and Digital News

How are legacy news organisations dealing with the business of digital news? How are they addressing recent developments such as the rise of social media, the move from desktop internet to an increasingly mobile web, and the growing importance of online video?

A new Reuters Institute report explores how 25 different newspapers and commercial broadcasters in six European countries are adapting to an evolving media environment. Based on 54 interviews conducted with executives, senior managers and editors in Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Poland, and the UK, the report shows how legacy news organisations are investing in a wide variety of digital news initiatives to reach new audiences and build new business models, but most of their revenues still come from traditional print and television operations, even after almost 20 years of investment in digital news. Explore the report, part of the Digital News Project, here

Cornia, A., Sehl, A. & Nielsen, R. K. (2016). Private Sector Media and Digital News (Digital News Project 2016). Oxford: Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism.

Public Service Media and Digital News

How are public service media services delivering news in an increasingly digital environment? And what action do they need to take to remain competitive in a fast-evolving global digital landscape? A new report of the Reuters Institute at the University of Oxford looks at how public service news organisations in six European countries (Italy, Poland, the UK, France, Germany and Finland) are navigating an increasingly digital landscape.

What are the idea conditions that allow a public service news organisation to flourish? And who is remaining competitive in a shifting media environment? The report explores differing approaches, and warns that without strategic action that prioritises digital media, mobile platforms, and social distribution, some public service news organisations risk losing touch with their audience – the public they exist to serve and which funds them. Explore the report, part of the Digital News Project, online here.

Sehl, A., Cornia, A., & Nielsen, R. K. (2016). Public Service News and Digital Media (Digital News Project 2016). Oxford: Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism.

Annika Sehl