Awards and reviews


  • Awarded Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship at AUT in December 2017.
  • Awarded the ‘best New Zealand research paper’ at the World Journalism Education Congress in Auckland, July 2016, for the research paper How digital are the news publishers? A study of newspaper publishers’ evolving revenues, and how they may support journalism and future newsrooms.
  • Awarded Emerging Academic Scholarship by Journalism Education Association of New Zealand (JEANZ) and Journalism Education Association of Australia (JEAA).
  • Awarded the ‘best research paper’ at the International Symposium for Online Journalism in Austin Texas, April 2009, for the case study of Taloussanomat, the Finnish financial daily and its transformation from the print paper to online-only.


Book chapter:

Merja Myllylahti (2017). Newspaper Paywalls and Corporate Revenues; A Comparative Study’. Book chapter in The Routledge Companion to Digital Journalism Studies, edited by Bob Franklin & Scott Eldridge II. Routledge.

“It’s a great forensic look at paywalls that introduces the key questions and criticisms of an ‘all or nothing’ view of paywalls. A very welcome contribution to the overall volume. As we expected you’ve delivered in your in-depth and truly analytical fashion.” Editor, Scott Eldridge II.

Merja Myllylahti, M. (2017). We need to talk about metrics. In V. Rupar (ed.), Themes and debates in contemporary journalism. Cambridge: Cambridge Scholar Publishing, pp.87-104.

“Merja Myllylahti considers the issues surrounding the use of metrics, powerfully linking their use in news organizations to the economics of news and the ethical implications of their use.


PhD thesis:

In 2015, awarded PhD for the thesis investigating revenue models of two large Australasian publishers Fairfax Media and APN News and Media. The thesis examined how the companies print based revenue models entered the crisis; how they managed their digital transformation; and how their managed their digital strategies, including introduction of paywalls.

The thesis was titled No more free news. A study how the business models of APN and Fairfax have evolved towards paywalls.