Why are news companies on Facebook?

On June 22, I presented an empirical paper at the IAMCR conference in Eugene, Oregon (US). The paper is about news companies Facebook dependency, and it is available here. The study is based on examination of news companies social shares, social media traffic sources and revenue. Some of the key findings include: Facebook offers veryContinue reading “Why are news companies on Facebook?”

Newspapers traffic bounces back

Some newspapers traffic has bounced back since Facebook changed its algorithm in January. That change meant that Facebook users news feeds favored content from their friends and family rather than from news organisations. From January to March 2018, The Washington Post’s traffic increased slightly, and The Guardian’s traffic increased 3.5%. My latest blog post forContinue reading “Newspapers traffic bounces back”

Update and evaluation of news payment systems

My chapter evaluating academic research about paywalls and news payment systems will be published in Encyclopedia of Journalism Studies later on this year. The chapter also updates payment systems related to Facebook, and investigates micro payments and membership and donor models. The book is published by Oxford University Press, and it is edited by Henrik Örnebring.Continue reading “Update and evaluation of news payment systems”

Are publishers handing more power to Google?

I wrote in The Conversation about Google’s new subscription tool which supposedly helps news publishers to sell digital subscriptions. It is impossible to say yet, if it works. Couple of thoughts from my article: “It’s surprising that news publishers seem to hand more power to Google because now more than ever there’s an urgency to haveContinue reading “Are publishers handing more power to Google?”

Advisory Board member in digital journalism

I have joined the Advisory Board of Cambridge Scholars Publishing, advising in the issues related to digital journalism. The publishing company is an independent academic publisher, and its publications are marketed and sold worldwide through international booksellers including Amazon. In 2017, my book chapter “We need to talk about metrics” was published in the publishers’Continue reading “Advisory Board member in digital journalism”

A good week for a researcher

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 UnitedContinue reading “A good week for a researcher”

Are memberships a viable business model?

“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 blogContinue reading “Are memberships a viable business model?”

How journalists used Twitter in three different elections?

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 andContinue reading “How journalists used Twitter in three different elections?”

Private and independent media ownership increases in New Zealand

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, MediaContinue reading “Private and independent media ownership increases in New Zealand”

Journalism, media and surveillance

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.