Johnston Press and the Crisis in Ireland's Local Newspaper Industry, 2005-2014

Cawley, Anthony (2017) Johnston Press and the Crisis in Ireland's Local Newspaper Industry, 2005-2014. Journalism, 18 (9). pp. 1163-1183. (Accepted for Publication)

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Reflecting international trends, Ireland’s local newspaper industry has suffered steep circulation and advertising revenue falls since the late-2000s, and has struggled to reshape traditional business models for the digital era. In harsh trading conditions, local titles are operating on reduced editorial resources and are weakened in their capacity to fulfil their traditional watchdog and informed-citizenry functions. Perhaps no company better encapsulates the industry’s recent difficulties than UK media group Johnston Press. In 2005, it paid more than €200m to acquire fourteen local titles in Ireland, but nine years later sold them for just €8.5m. The article draws on this case-study to consider wider issues related to the corporatisation of local news provision, the sustainability of local news industries in small media markets such as Ireland’s, and the increasing disconnect between local journalism’s commodity value and its public good value.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information and Comments: This is the author's post peer review version of an article, the final version of which is published in the Sage Publications journal Journalism
Keywords: Johnston Press, Ireland, local newspapers, local journalism, market sustainability
Faculty / Department: Faculty of Arts & Humanities > Media and Communication
Depositing User: Anthony Cawley
Date Deposited: 07 Apr 2016 15:20
Last Modified: 17 Nov 2017 14:39

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