Current Research
Current Research
01/10/2014 - 01/10/2018
Has been initialized

1. Journalism policy and media law

Research into the European and national regulatory and policy frameworks governing news provision, tacking into account amongst others dynamics of convergence, competition and public support. 

2. Business models for journalism

News media are subject to disruptive evolutions in information and distribution technology, strongly impacting their traditional financial and organisational structure. We aim to obtain insights into the various models, both private, public, mixed as innovative (e.g. crowd-funding), company-based or sector-wide, that can sustain a viable and valued news sector.  

3. Journalistic production practices

Digital and connected technologies have given birth to new forms of news production like networked, collaborative and participatory journalism and cross-media storytelling. These new forms in turn challenge existing journalistic practices and work ethics and raise questions about the role of journalist, both as professional media workers and as watchdogs in democracies. 

Strengthening Brussels’ media clusters: Organisations, workers and communities of practice at Pôle Reyers and beyond.

The project team comprises researchers from the Brussels universities VUB (iMinds-SMIT), ULB and USL-B. The scope is threefold:Creating a diverse array of analytic methods for collecting and presenting empirical data about the range and scope of the media industries in Brussels.

Collaborate with media organisations, media workers and communities of practice within Brussels’ media sector to enhance their social roles and improve their value to the region.

Providing a series of outputs to the region, the Agency for Territorial Development (ADT-ATO), stakeholders and companies, including digital and interactive maps, quantitative and qualitative reports, a website and workshops and events with stakeholders.

4. Journalistic content

The study of journalistic content allows for insights into the quality and quantity of news on offer and relates to issues of framing, pluralism, privacy, depth and deontology. Furthermore, we aim at documenting and comparing existing journalistic cultures. 

5. Journalism and its audience

The study of news use, habits, preferences and attitudes towards news and journalism. This includes a range of novel practices enabled by digital and networked technologies, like interaction with and participation in and through the news, personalisation, peer curating,  etc. 

Predicting the Online Virality of Entertainment and News Content

Social networks are increasingly popular for distributing news content. It’s a medium where the users themselves decide which topics become ‘viral’. 

The main goal of the PROVIDENCE project is to optimize online news publication strategies by pro- actively making use of the predicted virality of news on social media platforms. Providence will tackle the technological and research challenges that will build up a virality-driven production flow into a commercial online news environment. 

These research challenges encompass the large-scale monitoring, analysis and prediction of news consumption and news sharing behavior by users and specific user segments.

Partners: VRT O&I; NewsMonkey; Massive Media; IBCN; MiX