In early 2021, my article "Paying attention to attention: a conceptual framework for studying news reader revenue models related to platforms" gained a honorable mention as part of Digital Journalism's 2020 Outstanding Article Award. According to the journal, the article is "insightful, rigorous and targets issue pertinent to our times."
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 multiple … Continue reading Quite a media storm….
New Zealand media sector is facing the biggest structural changes in a decade as the whole news ecosystem is in serious trouble. This means that New Zealand is likely to see shrinking number of media companies in 2020, the latest JMAD New Zealand media ownership report 2019 finds. The New Zealand government is mulling an … Continue reading The future of NZ media in the hands of the government & private equity
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 write … Continue reading Paying attention to attention – conceptual article
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 at … Continue reading Yes, the views about platform regulation align
My new report How News Media Wins in Attention Economy was published by International News Media Association (INMA) in April, 2019. It covers issues such as Platform dependency. Platform attention revenue. The value of attention. Costs of acquiring and retaining attention. INMA CEO Earl J. Wilkinson says about the report: “The report raises as many questions … Continue reading A new report for INMA
I was invited to present my papers at the IAMCR conference and post-conference in Madrid, Spain, in July 2019. I will be talking about reader revolution and platform regulation, and will present some findings from a data analysis of digital reader revenues as well as from a document analysis of digital platform inquiries in the … Continue reading Talking about the revolution and regulation…
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
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