2 articles published in The Journal of Media Innovations

In August the second issue of the first volume of the Journal of Media Innovations was published, an issue focusing on innovations in the newsroom and beyond. All articles in the journal are OPEN-ACESS. I copntributed with 2 co-authored articles.

First, Seth C. Lewis and I were delighted to have our conceptual work on agents of media innovation being published as the lead article of the issue. The full reference for our article is:
Westlund, Oscar & Lewis, Seth (2014). Agents of Media Innovations: Actors, Actants, and Audiences, The Journal of Media Innovations, Vol. 1(2), pp. 10-35. doi: 10.5617/jmi.v1i2.856 (FREE DOWNLOAD)

The article abstract reads: “In the contemporary media environment, media managers have been forced to reassess everything from editorial workflows to business models to technological platforms. Amid such challenges, legacy news media are encouraged to innovate. Contemporary scholarly literature on media innovation typically adopts a relatively narrow approach when defining and studying the agents involved in shaping media innovations. Ultimately, many studies focus on individual parts of the organization rather than the complete system. There is thus a need to theorize and conceptualize the agents of media innovations in order to understand and improve activities of media innovations. This article presents the AMI approach (Agents of Media Innovations) as a holistic theoretical construct for understanding the agents of media innovation activities. It conceptualizes this approach through a systematic discussion of four interlinked factors: actors, actants, audiences, and activities. These are used to compose and outline what we call the 4A Matrix, encompassing seven distinct and typological ways in which actors, actants and audiences might intersect in the activities of media innovation. In mapping this interplay, the 4A Matrix serves as a heuristic for the scholarly study of media innovations, as well as a conceptual tool for envisioning, at a practical level, how media managers might act strategically.”

Second, an article titled “Perceptions of Intra-Organizational Collaboration and Media Workers’ Interests in Media Innovations” was published. The article was co-authored with Arne H. Krumsvik and the full reference is: Westlund, Oscar & Krumsvik, Arne H. (2014). Perceptions of Intra-Organizational Collaboration and Media Workers’ Interests in Media Innovations, Vol. 1(2). pp. 52-74. doi: 10.5617/jmi.v1i2.858 (FREE DOWNLOAD)

The article abstract reads:”This article contributes with a unique quantitative study of newspaper executives’ perceptions on the interest and collaboration contained within digital media innovation among staff in the editorial, business and IT departments. Two research questions are explored: (1) Do newspaper executives perceive that there is diverging interest in digital media innovation across the editorial, business and IT departments of their organization? (2) Amid digital media innovation, and also in relation to the interest in such activities among departments, do newspaper executives’ perceive that the collaboration between members of editorial, business and IT departments has increased? The empirical analysis draws upon two surveys of Norwegian newspaper executives conducted in April 2011 and April 2013. Results show that the various explorations of digital media are not perceived to have fostered increased collaboration between the actors in the three departments. However, there was a significant relationship related to the size of newspapers measured by circulation: larger newspapers had higher scores on intra-organizational collaboration. Media workers involved in production (editorial staff of the newsroom) and sales (business department) are perceived to be significantly less interested in digital innovation work compared to their colleagues in the IT department. Multivariate analysis revealed the technologists perceived interest in change to be a key predictor for perceived change in intra-organizational collaboration. This indicates the important role of the IT department, in relation to the newsroom and the business department, for innovation relating to the production and distribution of news.”