In early 2021, my article "Paying attention to attention: a conceptual framework for studying news reader revenue models related to platforms" gained a honorable mention as part of Digital Journalism's 2020 Outstanding Article Award. According to the journal, the article is "insightful, rigorous and targets issue pertinent to our times."
The 2021 really has had an interesting start. Across the Tasman Sea, in Australia, the government is in a process of implementing a new law - media bargaining code - which requires Google and Facebook to negotiate with news companies about compensation for their content. To pre-empt some more drastic measures, Google has signed multiple … Continue reading Quite a media storm….
On December 7, 2020, AUT research centre for Journalism, Media and Democracy (JMAD) published its 10th New Zealand media ownership report which I co-edited. The report is publicly available on the research centre's website. The report shows that the country’s media survived the Covid-pandemic "with a little help from friends — and even frenemies: the … Continue reading NZ media survived the Covid-19 with a little help
In April 2020, together with my college Dr Greg Treadwell, we published the first Trust in News in New Zealand report which was produced in collaboration with the Reuters Institute for Study for Journalism. The report was published by the AUT research center for Journalism, Media and Democracy (JMAD). In our report we found that … Continue reading Trust in news high in New Zealand
My article, titled "Paying attention to attention: A conceptual framework for studying news reader revenue models related to platforms" has been published in Digital Journalism journal. The journal is peer reviewed, high-quality academic journal which is among top ten academic journals in the field of communication studies (ranked 9th in Scimago ratings). I was invited to write … Continue reading Paying attention to attention – conceptual article
New Zealand media sector is facing the biggest structural changes in a decade as the whole news ecosystem is in serious trouble. This means that New Zealand is likely to see shrinking number of media companies in 2020, the latest JMAD New Zealand media ownership report 2019 finds. The New Zealand government is mulling an … Continue reading The future of NZ media in the hands of the government & private equity
Facebook's news tab has created lots of headlines, and not surprisingly, I was also interviewed about the topic by the National Business Review (NZ). The interview is behind a paywall, but here are couple of my snippets: "Myllylahti said that she didn’t understand why publishers were “dancing this tango” given Facebook’s history of broken promises, … Continue reading Dancing dangerous tango with Facebook
Governmental digital inquiries, regulators and media companies have a very similar view how the digital platforms such as Google and Facebook should be regulated. Their views also align about boundaries between platforms and media: platforms are seen as business partners, competitors and intermediaries, not as media companies. I presented a paper about the topic at … Continue reading Yes, the views about platform regulation align
The NZ Herald, the largest newspaper in New Zealand, has put up a paywall. It is the first general paywall in New Zealand, the paper has employed a fremium model for its paid content. New Zealand has a duopoly structure and print and online news market as the NZ Herald and Stuff dominate print and … Continue reading The first general paywall goes up in New Zealand
My new report How News Media Wins in Attention Economy was published by International News Media Association (INMA) in April, 2019. It covers issues such as Platform dependency. Platform attention revenue. The value of attention. Costs of acquiring and retaining attention. INMA CEO Earl J. Wilkinson says about the report: “The report raises as many questions … Continue reading A new report for INMA