What do journalists think of the future of journalistic work?

paperinsight ViewpointInterested to know what journalists think of their future? Robert G Picard of the Oxford University, Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism has produced an interesting and insightful report on, ‘Journalists’ Perceptions on the Future of Journalistic Work‘.

Of those journalist which responded to the survey (509 journalists across the Western world), the conclusions were:

  • Journalism will be a harder job with less institutional support in the future.
  • Journalism will not be less satisfying or less independent.
  • There are concerns that journalists will have to work harder and have to think more about personal branding and entrepreneurship, and that they cannot count on stable employment, full-time jobs, or indeed life-long journalistic careers.
  • The respondents generally see journalism as a relatively stable collection of fundamental practices and techniques that is not dependent on medium or existentially threatened.

Picard points out that the results are striking for three reasons:

  • Journalists are clearly not in denial about the direct impact fundamental changes in the media will have for journalism as a form of work.
  • The respondents recognise that these changes are likely to make journalism more stressful, individualistic, and less stable, but they are not particularly pessimistic about the future of journalism as a professional practice.
  • The results are generally consistent across gender, age, and how long people have worked as journalists.

Picard concludes that many journalists are very clear eyed about how their profession is changing, and are not stuck in the past as some commentators assume.

He states that the challenge for news media, individual journalists, and journalistic professional associations, then, is to make sure that the often radical changes involved in journalism moving from 20th-century organisations to 21st-century ones are accompanied by the development of strong forms of 21st-century journalistic professionalism and the means to support them.

To view the detailed report, please click here.

2014 CEPI Statistics: Growth in European paper & board industry flat in 2014 after decline between 2010 & 2013

paperinsight marketThe 2014 statistics for the paper and board industry have been published – as usual, the Confederation of the Paper Industry (CEPI) has done and excellent job in analysing and summarising the data.

In 2014 the production of paper and board for the countries covered by CEPI has been relatively stable (-0.2%), after a 4% cumulative decline between 2010 and 2013.

Please click here for the CEPI 2014 Statistics.

Leeds City Region LEP is looking for SMEs to join the Management Boards of the Employer Ownership Pilot project

LCRLooks like a good opportunity for SMEs to get involved and contribute to the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (LEP) – they are looking for seven small and medium sized businesses to join the Management Boards of the Employer Ownership Pilot.

Click here for details.

For more details regarding the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership, please click here.

The Chelsea snip – time to tidy up your business?

IMG_1850As we approach the time of the Chelsea Flower Show the exhibitors are starting to get their show flowers and gardens into top shape for the judges and public.  Just before the show, the exhibits are looked over and attention given to detail, especially by those experts responsible for the fine pruning, and giving what was referred to on BBC Radio 2 the other day as the ‘Chelsea Snip’.

Why not take a moment to stand back and look at your business – are there any improvements which could be made? Could you fine-tune some areas? Could you improve your own performance? It sometimes helps to have a fresh pair of eyes and ears and if we can help, please contact us at Canda International. Whether you are a small or large business, a department, team or individual, we have a good track record of success in auditing what you do and helping to identify improvement opportunities.

To contact us, please click here.

The Social Progress Index – an alternative way to look at the best places to live

Smile sadThere is a growing number of indexes which compare the different places we live in the world and rank them using various criteria – the the Economist’s Big Mac Index, the Legatum Prosperity Index and there are others if one only compares the suspect GDP figures issued by countries throughout the world.

TED is often a good place to go for ideas on most things, and they too have published an approach which makes a case for judging a place to live, not by its GDP, but by a Social Progress Index. Some countries are missed in their analysis but it is another way of looking at things. In the end it depends on what you personally value about where you live or where you would long to live.

Take a look at the Social Progress Index which gives an alternative way of looking at the best places to live. What do you think?

What is open innovation?

Often I read about open innovation and that we have no choice but to embrace this approach to innovation whether an individual entrepreneur, an SME or a large innovative company.

A good place to start to understand this approach to innovation is with the work of Stefan Lindegaard who provides insight into:

• The essentials: What open innovation is and why it matters?
• An overview of the mindset and skills needed to succeed with open innovation
• An understanding of the impact of social media on open innovation

For a good introduction, please click here

Paperchem Report – for market insight

Taken directly form the Paperchem Report website …..

‘A monthly subscription newsletter specifically targeting the information requirements of the specialty paper chemicals segment.

Paperchem Report is intended to provide insight to papermakers and specialty chemicals suppliers involved respectively in buying and marketing pigments and chemicals. The report has become essential reading for buyers as they look to gauge the mood of the market in preparation for price negotiations. Encompassing global markets, coverage includes:

detailed analysis of mergers and acquisitions
progress and outcome of price negotiations
the effect of petrochemical, energy and other raw material price movements on specialty chemical costs
observations on paper industry expansion and on machine closures, downtime and industrial action, impacting on pigment and chemical offtake
investment and rationalisation as the paper and board industry migrates from the mature North American and European markets to Asia, and particularly China
new product development
In-depth discussion of developments in the following paper pigments:

Carbonates – natural and synthetic
Kaolin
Titanium dioxide
Paperchem Report also provides detailed monthly analysis of the paper segment of the markets for starch and latex. Developments affecting other specialty chemicals, including sizes, retention aids, de-foamers and coating chemicals are regularly explored.’

For details, click here