Yes, the views about platform regulation align

  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 … Continue reading Yes, the views about platform regulation align

The first general paywall goes up in New Zealand

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

Talking about the revolution and regulation…

I was invited to present my papers at the IAMCR conference and post-conference in Madrid, Spain, in July 2019. I will be talking about reader revolution and platform regulation, and will present some findings from a data analysis of digital reader revenues as well as from a document analysis of digital platform inquiries in the … Continue reading Talking about the revolution and regulation…

Benefits from platform subscriptions unproven

Do newspapers benefit from digital subscription services offered by Facebook, Google, Amazon and Apple? Do they make any money from them? There is not enough empirical evidence to draw conclusions, but the statements from the news companies offer a mixed picture and benefits are contested and unproven. The paper about platform digital subscriptions was presented … Continue reading Benefits from platform subscriptions unproven

New Zealand print news market shrinking alarmingly

The eight JMAD New Zealand media ownership report, which I authored, published by AUT research center for Journalism, Media and Democracy (JMAD) was launched on December 6, 2018. The report raises an alarm about rapidly shrinking print newspaper market and the widening news gaps in the local/community markets. The report also finds that some of … Continue reading New Zealand print news market shrinking alarmingly

News companies Facebook news distribution a mistake

News companies are making a mistake by continuing distribute their content on Facebook. My new report: Google, Facebook and New Zealand news media: The problem of platform dependency found that a quarter of New Zealand news companies website traffic came from Facebook, and 53% from Google and social media platforms. The report finds that news companies have trapped … Continue reading News companies Facebook news distribution a mistake

An analysis of paywalls and pay systems

My chapter Paywalls and Pay systems,  has been published in the Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Communication. Here is the summary: "Funding of journalism has become a critical part of journalism and digital journalism studies because no single business model has emerged to solve revenue problems for print and digital news outlets. Despite newspapers’ efforts to … Continue reading An analysis of paywalls and pay systems

New chapter published in the Routledge handbook

The Routledge Handbook of Developments in Digital Journalism Studies is now available online, and my chapter co-written with Neil Thurman, Robert G. Picard and Arne H. Krumsvik is in this volume. The title of the chapter is "On digital distribution's failure to solve newspaper's existential crisis: Symptoms, causes, consequences and remedies." C.W. Anderson, Professor of Media … Continue reading New chapter published in the Routledge handbook