Quite a media storm….

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 multipleContinue reading “Quite a media storm….”

Paying attention to attention – conceptual article

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 writeContinue reading “Paying attention to attention – conceptual article”

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 atContinue reading “Yes, the views about platform regulation align”

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 presentedContinue reading “Benefits from platform subscriptions unproven”

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 trappedContinue reading “News companies Facebook news distribution a mistake”

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”