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 presented … Continue reading Benefits from platform subscriptions unproven
The eight JMAD New Zealand media ownership report, which I authored, published by AUT research center for Journalism, Media and Democracy (JMAD) was launched on December 6, 2018. The report raises an alarm about rapidly shrinking print newspaper market and the widening news gaps in the local/community markets. The report also finds that some of … Continue reading New Zealand print news market shrinking alarmingly
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
My chapter Paywalls and Pay systems, has been published in the Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Communication. Here is the summary: "Funding of journalism has become a critical part of journalism and digital journalism studies because no single business model has emerged to solve revenue problems for print and digital news outlets. Despite newspapers’ efforts to … Continue reading An analysis of paywalls and pay systems
The Routledge Handbook of Developments in Digital Journalism Studies is now available online, and my chapter co-written with Neil Thurman, Robert G. Picard and Arne H. Krumsvik is in this volume. The title of the chapter is "On digital distribution's failure to solve newspaper's existential crisis: Symptoms, causes, consequences and remedies." C.W. Anderson, Professor of Media … Continue reading New chapter published in the Routledge handbook
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
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
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 have … Continue reading Are publishers handing more power to Google?
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
"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 blog … Continue reading Are memberships a viable business model?