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June 2016

Media (R)evolutions: The evolution of magazines from print to multi-media hubs

Roxanne Bauer's picture

New developments and curiosities from a changing global media landscape: People, Spaces, Deliberation brings trends and events to your attention that illustrate that tomorrow's media environment will look very different from today's and will have little resemblance to yesterday's.
Worldwide, it’s fairly clear that the internet and mobile phones are disrupting media systems. In particular, print newspapers are in decline, as many struggle to compete with online and niche news sources.  In contrast, however, magazines have benefited from digital technology, capitalizing on niche interests and digital platforms.

Indeed, there has been an ongoing transformation within the magazine industry that is driven by digitalization: while the printed magazine was previously the hub around which all of its other business revolved, magazines are now multi-media brands of which the physical magazine is just one— although critical— asset.

The chart below, based on findings by Folio and compiled by Statista, shows how the magazine industry has diversified its sources of engagement and revenue from 2004 to 2014.

Against all odds – finding hope among refugees and host communities in Djibouti

Benjamin Burckhart's picture

التصدي لتغيُّر المناخ الآن: بناء حلول قابلة للتوسع في تطبيقهايعرض أحدث تقرير من الهيئة الحكومية الدولية المعنية بتغيُّر المناخ سيناريوهات للمخاطر المتزايدة التي ينطوي عليها تغيُّر المناخ من ارتفاع منسوب مياه البحار، وتدمير مصايد الأسماك، وانعدام الأمن الغذائي، وموت أشجار الغابات تدريجيا من جراء الحر الشديد، ليرسم بذلك صورة لمستقبل مُعقَّد لا يخرج منه أحد سليما، وتتفاقم فيه مواطن الضعف، ويجب علينا –على حد تعبير فريد بيرس- "الاستعداد للأسوأ."
ولكن، كما يشير العلماء بحق، ليس لزاما أن يكون الأمر على هذا النحو.

Towards a survey methodology methodology: Guest post by Andrew Dillon

When I was a graduate student and setting off on my first data collection project, my advisors pointed me to the ‘Blue Books’ to provide advice on how to make survey design choices.  The Glewwe and Grosh volumes are still an incredibly useful resource on multi-topic household survey design.  Since the publication of this volume, the rise of panel data collection, increasingly in the form of randomized control trials, has prompted a discussion abo