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Local newspaper publishing: editorial structure and environmental effects - a case study
KTH, School of Computer Science and Communication (CSC), Media Technology and Interaction Design, MID. School of Computer Science and Communication (CSC), Centres, KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Centres, Centre for Sustainable Communications, CESC.
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Urban Planning and Environment, Environmental Strategies (moved 20130630). School of Computer Science and Communication (CSC), Centres, KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Centres, Centre for Sustainable Communications, CESC.
2011 (English)In: Advances in Printing and Media Technology, ISSN 0892-2284, E-ISSN 1942-597X, Vol. 38, 403-410 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Media companies operate in a dynamic environment where change is a constant. Pursuing change in a media company implies an opportunity to optimize processes on different levels. In order to meet these opportunities, as well as being proactive when it comes to environmental performance, we need to understand the current structure of media companies. Better understanding can lead to finding ways to optimize the workflow and to implement other improvements.

This study investigates the structure of the editorial processes and other processes regarding content production of a local newspaper in Sweden, Norrtelje Tidning. The objective is to analyze the workflow in order to discover how the different steps in the production process might affect potential environmental impact. Semi-structured interviews were undertaken to identify the process steps involved in the content production. Environmental data was then collected for each process step, and a screening environmental assessment with a life-cycle perspective was performed.

The major reasons for potential environmental impact related to content production at Norrtelje Tidning are travel and the use of electronic devices. These two areas are relevant to focus on when striving to reduce environmental impact on a general level.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2011. Vol. 38, 403-410 p.
Keyword [en]
local newspaper, work process, environmental impact, media industry, life cycle assessment (LCA)
National Category
Other Environmental Engineering
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-105850OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-105850DiVA: diva2:572514
Note

QC 20121128

Available from: 2012-11-28 Created: 2012-11-28 Last updated: 2017-12-07Bibliographically approved
In thesis
1. Media processes for content production: Studies of structures and climate impacts
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Media processes for content production: Studies of structures and climate impacts
2012 (English)Licentiate thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The business environment in which media companies exist today is rapidly changing. Many media companies are in the process of positioning themselves to this ongoing change and to finding their place in the new media landscape. A process of change creates an opportunity to optimize work processes on different levels. In order to meet these opportunities, as well as being proactive when it comes to environmental performance, we need to understand the current structures of media companies, for example when it comes to work processes.

The aim of this study is to identify and analyze the process structures and the potential climate impact of the content production of three different media companies in Sweden: a local newspaper, a monthly magazine and a local television station. The overall research questions of this thesis are:

• What are the major editorial processes at media companies and how can the workflows be visualized, in order for us to discover how the processes can be optimized and how this in turn may affect the environmental impact?

• How are the results of the process analysis related to a general assessment of the carbon footprint of the content production, in order for us to identify the major reasons for this potential climate change impact and opportunities for change?

The research methods used were semi-structured interviews and carbon footprint assessment. The research results suggest that in general terms, newspapers and magazines spend a considerable amount of working time producing content, and content production is the single most important reason for travelling at the three media companies studied. Travel is also done by management to a high degree in all three case studies, mostly to different kinds of business meetings. Planning is another work activity that takes up a considerable amount of time when looking at the total time spent at work. Computers are to a high degree used when planning, but more advanced computer programmes or tools could be recommended to expand the planning possibilities further, thereby saving time and money for the media company.The results of the life cycle assessments indicate that the major reasons for potential climate change impact are travel – both work-related business travel and trips to and from work – electronic equipment, and electricity use. The research results suggest that in order to reduce potential environmental impact from travel, media management should look into technical solutions for meetings at a distance, car-pooling or increasing the use of public transportation. Furthermore, new technical solutions have a potential to lower the costs of the content production processes and streamline work processes in general. With a conscious effort by management, new technology could also be beneficial for the overall environmental impact of the media company. The media companies could for example consider the environmental performance to a higher degree when buying new electronic devices, such as computers. Finally, the media companies could look over their electricity use and make an attempt to reduce their electricity use, as well as making active choices for environmentally friendly alternatives when choosing electricity supplier.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: KTH Royal Institute of Technology, 2012. vi, 24 p.
Series
Trita-CSC-A, ISSN 1653-5723 ; 2012:17
Keyword
media, work processes, content production, LCA, climate impacts
National Category
Social Sciences
Research subject
SRA - ICT
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-105803 (URN)978-91-7501-571-2 (ISBN)
Presentation
2012-12-14, E2, Lindstedtsvägen 3, KTH, Stockholm, 10:00 (English)
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Supervisors
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QC 20121128

Available from: 2012-11-28 Created: 2012-11-27 Last updated: 2012-11-28Bibliographically approved
2. Towards a sustainable media system: Explorative studies of emerging media consumption trends and media processes for content production
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Towards a sustainable media system: Explorative studies of emerging media consumption trends and media processes for content production
2015 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Understanding the process of transformational change currently taking place in the media industry is an urgent challenge for people working in the industry as well as for media consumers and other stakeholders. There is a great need to deepen our general knowledge when it comes to what the future media landscape will look like. Which of the major consumption trends that exist today will continue and possibly lead to disruptive change? Which of today’s existing trends could give us a hint of tomorrow’s media landscape? Furthermore, we need to explore the environmental impact of the future media landscape. What parameters are important when it comes to environmental aspects of media consumption, as well as in the production and distribution of media content? These are examples of the questions explored in this thesis.

I have used a number of methods, such as qualitative interviews, workshops, scenarios, case studies, process studies and life cycle assessment, in order to explore the research questions. The characteristics of the media consumption trends are presented in four scenarios. I have assumed that the strength of influence from the government in combination with the strength of commercial powers will strongly affect the future of media. The development of media is framed by the economy, the political system, and by culture. The future of media is closely connected with its relationship to the power structures in society.

I have also defined eleven parameters, as central when discussing the environmental aspects of media consumption. These parameters are related to electronic devices, travel, transportation, energy use and waste. In the future, we may see the realisation of some of all four scenarios described in this thesis. The environmental aspects of these different future directions depend on each person’s life situation and a number of choices that each consumer makes concerning environmental issues, in combination with the overall societal structure.

In relation to the global challenge of climate change/global warming, I conclude that traditional media, public service media in particular, together with social media channels play an important role in the process of increasing knowledge and awareness among consumers, politicians and other stakeholders in society. However, in current media development, media companies are rapidly becoming more commercialized and more focused on entertainment instead of on producing serious journalism concerned with social, political and cultural matters.

To conclude, I believe that it is possible to create a sustainable media system, but it will require some conscious effort of people working in the media industry, of consumers, and ultimately at the level of regulatory authorities.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: KTH Royal Institute of Technology, 2015. 92 p.
Series
TRITA-CSC-A, ISSN 1653-5723 ; 2015:04
Keyword
Future of media, media consumption, media production, environmental aspects, media and sustainability
National Category
Social Sciences
Research subject
Media Technology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-164395 (URN)978-91-7595-491-2 (ISBN)
Public defence
2015-05-08, F3, Lindstedtsvägen 26, KTH, Stockholm, 13:00 (English)
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QC 20150416

Available from: 2015-04-16 Created: 2015-04-16 Last updated: 2015-04-16Bibliographically approved

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