Some weeks in the world of research are better than others, and this has most definitely been a good week. My paper investigating news companies dependency on Facebook has been accepted to a conference organised by the International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR). The conference takes place in Eugene, Oregon, in the United … Continue reading A good week for a researcher
"It is tempting to play with the idea of the news media industry being 100% funded by the public. I know journalism has never been funded by subscriptions, but what if … ?" This is from my first blog to INMA, the International News Media Association, which has executive members in 60+ countries. My first blog … Continue reading Are memberships a viable business model?
A paper, written by Dr. Verica Rupar and me, investigating journalists use of Twitter in three New Zealand elections, has been accepted to the International Communication Association (ICA) preconference in Prague. The paper will be presented on May 24, 2018. The paper finds that in all three examined elections - of which two national and … Continue reading How journalists used Twitter in three different elections?
In 2017, for the first time in seven years, private and independently owned media companies outnumbered state and shareholder owned media companies in New Zealand. New Zealand media market also expanded with new digital start-ups such as Newsroom. I have authored the seventh New Zealand media ownership report for AUT research center of Journalism, Media … Continue reading Private and independent media ownership increases in New Zealand
AUT's research center for Journalism, Media and Democracy (JMAD) is organising a highly topical conference in 2018. The conference theme is journalism, media and surveillance. The papers are called now and the deadline for the abstracts is on May 31, 2018. Check the details for the paper submission and for the conference here.
What drives the convergence between media organisations in this digital age? What kind of convergence are we seeing beyond the ownership convergence? My academic paper, to be shortly published in the peer reviewed academic journal MEDIANZ, investigates different kind of convergences in New Zealand media. The paper argues that media corporations form tactical alliances and … Continue reading What drives media alliances?
New Zealand media companies NZME and Stuff (formerly Fairfax New Zealand) are taking their merger battle to the High Court on October 16. In May 2017, the New Zealand Commerce Commission denied their merger clearance. I was talking to the Masters students at Auckland University of Technology (AUT) on October 10, 2017, about the merger … Continue reading NZME – Stuff, heading to the High Court
I believe that business journalism matters now more than ever. New Zealand Shareholders Association launched new business journalism awards on September 21, and I am proud to be in a judging panel. NZSA chairman John Hawkins says that the awards will differ from the earlier ones as they will have no commercial sponsor support. He comments … Continue reading Supporting New Zealand business journalism
A forthcoming book chapter in the Routledge Handbook of Developments in Digital Journalism Studies, written together with Neil Thurman, Robert G. Picard and Arne H. Krumsvik, argues that newspapers’ online experiments have not reversed their falling fortunes. We believe that while news publishers report strong increases in their digital revenues, one needs to "be careful … Continue reading Digital distribution not solving problems for newspapers
Do metrics really belong to newsroom? Or do they rather belong to boardroom? I debate this in my book chapter "We need to talk about metrics", published in Themes and Critical Debates in Contemporary Journalism which is edited by Dr Verica Rupar. From the book introduction: "The increasingly complex “post-industrial news ecosystem” has interlinked news … Continue reading We need to talk about metrics