Please join us for a N&MRC seminar by Dr James Meese from RMIT
Date: Thursday 8 April 2021
Location: Zoom Meeting
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Dr James Meese
Platforms, publishers and the future of news: Treating journalism as critical democratic infrastructure
In this seminar, James Meese presents an overview of findings from his three-year study into the algorithmic distribution of news. The project has focused on the relationship between platforms and publishers, which has become an issue of significant concern for Australian policymakers and legislators. Drawing on interviews and a big data analysis of the Australian news media sector, he explores how the news media sector has engaged with platforms since the January 2018 algorithm change, which saw Facebook downrank news. He then places this data in conversation with the wider policy debate about the News Media Bargaining Code. He argues that the link made between platforms and news media publishers is tenuous and sketches out alternative reform options and emerging conceptual approaches that could help to secure news into the future.
James Meese is a Senior Lecturer at RMIT University. He holds an early career research fellowship from the Australian Research Council exploring the algorithmic distribution of news.