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Articles by Rasmus Kleis Nielsen

Rasmus Kleis Nielsen is a research fellow at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism and an assistant professor of communications at Roskilde University in Denmark.
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“Does anyone seriously believe that fewer lies on Facebook, a monthly check from Google, or bigger quarterly profits for newspaper companies will in themselves resolve any of these issues?”
Twitter’s Jack Dorsey and other tech CEOs have been grilled by Congress on such issues. But Jeff Zucker and Rupert Murdoch haven’t explained how CNN and Fox News, which are both far more widely used for news, would deal with a contested election outcome.
“My hope for 2020 is that more and more publishers from around the world will look at the growing number of proofs of the concept that digital journalism can be based on a sustainable digital business model.”
“Much of the news currently published online is simply not worth paying for. Some of it is hardly worth our fleeting attention, let alone hard-earned cash.”
Also, has the “fake news” moment already passed for academics?
“If we let media change deniers drive the conversation, the result will be dumber journalism, less-informed public debate, and ineffective and counterproductive public policy. Even if what they say sometimes ‘feels right.'”
“For a soft power approach to disinformation to work, it is critical that all stakeholders do in fact work together…If it fails, cruder responses may be the only ones left. But let’s hope not.”
“For those who see the relationship between platforms and publishers as a zero-sum game, having a platform like Facebook or YouTube stepping away from news might seem like a win.”
A new study from the Reuters Institute examines the strengths and weaknesses of seven globally ambitious news companies — Brut, Business Insider, De Correspondent, HuffPost, Mashable, Quartz, and Vice.
“The link between advertising and news that has for so long provided so much of the money invested in professional journalism is coming apart.”