European minority language media amid digitalization and economic crisis


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The International Communication Gazzete has published a research arcticle about how the universe of minority media in ten European areas faced their digitalization process, coinciding with the crisis in corporate and financial terms.

The authors are Iñaki Zabaleta, Arantza Gutierrez, Carme Ferré-Pavia, Itxaso Fernández and Nicolás Xamardo. All of  them, except from Ferré-Pavia, director of the group Comress-Incom UAB, come from the University of Basque Country.

The article investigates the reality and variations of the European minority language media systems between 2009 and 2016, a period of serious economic crisis and accelerated digitalization process. To that aim, several parameters were measured: structure of the media systems and changes during that period along the variables of media type, ownership and reach; presence and relevance of major media in each of the communities; number and variation of full-time journalists; and the density or relative weight of the media systems with regard to the speaking population.

The 10 minority languages under analysis (Basque, Catalan, Galician, Corsican, Breton, Frisibrand-reputation.jpgan, Irish, Welsh, Scottish-Gaelic and Sámi) represent a wide range of communities. The relevance of the study lies in its direct comparative nature and in the fact that it thoroughly updates previous scholarly literature, measuring the changes which occurred within the 10 media systems.

The article was first published online in January 30, 2018.