Content quality is the top priority for APAC journalists—what are the defining factors?

by | Sep 17, 2019 | Public Relations

As Asia-Pacific media and PR pros are coming to grips with rapid technological progress and shifting audience preferences, new research from PR Newswire reveals some telling findings about journalism in the region—with plenty of lessons for media and PR pros here at home and elsewhere around the world.

This survey of nearly 1,000 journalists and media professionals across nine key APAC markets reports that despite readership metrics becoming more readily available, 25 percent of journalists indicate that content quality is their top key performance indicator (KPI), followed by number of original news stories (e.g., X stories per week), and social media engagement, such as social content shares.

Content quality is the top priority for APAC journalists—what are the defining factors?

A verified news source is more valuable than ever

For example, 73 percent of journalists in mainland China believe that news accuracy is their top consideration when assessing the value of a story. Press releases remain the most trusted source of information with over twice as many journalists from the majority of APAC markets (eight key markets, not including mainland China) trusting official press releases (27 percent) over social media channels (10 percent). Results also show an increase of 5 percentage points for trust in press releases compared to 22 percent in 2016-2017.

Content quality is the top priority for APAC journalists—what are the defining factors?

Verified news sources play an important role as journalists craft their stories. When seeking a quote for their stories, journalists from the majority of APAC markets are most likely to turn to personal business contacts (60 percent), followed by press releases (51 percent).

Content quality is the top priority for APAC journalists—what are the defining factors?

Other key takeaways from the report include:

  • High-resolution photographs (29 percent) are the most preferred multimedia element in news coverage by journalists from the majority of APAC markets, with 25 percent preferring video, followed by infographics (21 percent).
  • Journalists are keen to enhance their skillsets to create quality content. Relative to our last survey in 2016-2017, journalists across the APAC region indicate a higher demand for training on in-depth reporting and interviewing skills.
  • Multilingual communication is critical for businesses going global. Journalists in Hong Kong, Malaysia, and Singapore responded to this survey in multiple languages while close to 100 percent of journalists in mainland China, Taiwan, Indonesia, South Korea, and Vietnam responded in their predominant domestic language, reflecting the preferences of their audiences.

Content quality is the top priority for APAC journalists—what are the defining factors?

“For businesses operating globally, enhancing brand awareness and reputation are important tasks where media coverage plays a critical role,” said Lynn Liu, Director of Audience Development and Distribution Services at PR Newswire, in a news release. “In the APAC region, it is vital that international businesses understand the shifting media landscape and local journalists’ preferences to become even more valuable media partners.”

Content quality is the top priority for APAC journalists—what are the defining factors?

Download the full report here.

This year’s Asia-Pacific Media Survey 2019 report was PR Newswire’s largest ever in the region, surveying nearly 1,000 journalists and media professionals across nine key markets—Australia, mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea, and Vietnam. To help international businesses better understand the diverse APAC media landscape, our Audience Development team has also compiled a list of the top ten business media in each of these nine markets.

Content quality is the top priority for APAC journalists—what are the defining factors?

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Richard Carufel
Richard Carufel is editor of Bulldog Reporter and the Daily ’Dog, one of the web’s leading sources of PR and marketing communications news and opinions. He has been reporting on the PR and communications industry for over 12 years, and has interviewed hundreds of journalists and PR industry leaders. Reach him at richardc@bulldogreporter.com; @BulldogReporter

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