What drives media alliances?

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 andContinue reading “What drives media alliances?”

NZME – Stuff, heading to the High Court

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 mergerContinue reading “NZME – Stuff, heading to the High Court”

Supporting New Zealand business journalism

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 commentsContinue reading “Supporting New Zealand business journalism”

Digital distribution not solving problems for newspapers

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 carefulContinue reading “Digital distribution not solving problems for newspapers”

We need to talk about metrics

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 newsContinue reading “We need to talk about metrics”