My article, titled "An attention economy trap? An empirical investigation into four news companies' Facebook traffic and social media revenue" was published in the Journal of Media Business Studies in October. The article, which is available here, argues that news companies revenue from Facebook traffic and social shares is underwhelming, and suggests that the news companies should reconsider … Continue reading News companies revenue from Facebook underwhelming
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
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 for … Continue reading Newspapers traffic bounces back
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
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?
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