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The changing face of print and online news

In February it was announced that the UK’s Independent newspaper will cease publication and move online late this month, a symptom of the ongoing decline in print news readership.

It is unclear if this shift will be successful, given the Pew Research Center Fact Sheet finding that “Despite widespread talk of a shift to digital, most newspaper readership continues to be in print.”

But just because traditional newspapers haven’t yet made a splash online doesn’t mean that people aren’t increasingly accessing their news through the internet. Pew Research Centre finds that a growing number of adults get their news from social media, with Facebook being the dominant site.

Significantly, we are also witnessing the rise of new approaches to online news.

An article in Nieman Lab, an initiative of the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University, discusses the rise of The Conversation. Providing evidence-based news commentary and analysis, The Conversation is described by founder Andrew Jaspan “as an antidote to shrinking newsrooms churning out bite-sized takes on news.” Here at RealKM Magazine we are taking a similar approach to that of The Conversation, with RealKM focusing on knowledge management and related fields.

Self-publishing platforms such as Medium and LinkedIn Pulse are also providing people with the opportunity to step out from the limitations of social media. Stories on social media must typically also be bite-sized takes, whereas self-publishing platforms allow people to write in-depth commentary and analysis.

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Bruce Boyes

Bruce Boyes ( is editor, lead writer, and a director of the award-winning RealKM Magazine (, and a knowledge management (KM), environmental management, and project management professional. He is a PhD candidate in the Knowledge, Technology and Innovation Group at Wageningen University and Research, and holds a Master of Environmental Management with Distinction. His expertise and experience includes knowledge management (KM), environmental management, project management, stakeholder engagement, teaching and training, communications, research, and writing and editing. With a demonstrated ability to identify and implement innovative solutions to social and ecological complexity, Bruce's many career highlights include establishing RealKM Magazine as an award-winning resource, using agile and knowledge management approaches to oversee an award-winning $77.4 million western Sydney river recovery program, leading a knowledge strategy process for Australia's 56 natural resource management (NRM) regional organisations, pioneering collaborative learning and governance approaches to support the sustainable management of landscapes and catchments, and initiating and teaching two new knowledge management subjects at Shanxi University in China.

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