Top Faculty Paper Award at ICA 2018

Just home from the 2018 conference of the International Communication Association, I want to share some wonderful news, namely that I received this year’s Top Faculty Paper Award in the Media Industry Studies Interest Group. The annual ICA conference is arguably the most important venue for media and communication studies, not least because virtually everyone from the research community is there. The Media Industry Studies Interest Group is only a small fraction of the conference, but it is one that is most important to be – so winning this award means the world to me.

The paper that won the award is currently in review, so I will try not to get too much into the substance of it in order to not compromise the integrity of that process. However, here is the abstract of the paper “Resources Exchanges and Data Flows between News Apps and Third Party Actors: the digitalization of the news industry”:

This paper presents an empirical study of the network of resource exchanges that take place with the use of news apps for smartphones. Its data is constructed from 25 news apps across six countries and five types of media organizations. Mapping the extent of the connections for resource exchanges and identifying the hubs in the network, the article shows how a new group of actors occupy a central position in the circuits of media financing and economics. However, the article also argues that we have only yet seen the tip of the iceberg, and that further research at the intersection of data science and media management and economics is needed in order to comprehend the shifts in business models that come with digital third party actors.

I hope that this paper will soon be through the peer-review process so that I can share its findings, many of which play into current discussions in the field and in society as such. Stay tuned.

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