Lecturer, Co-Director at JMAD
Merja was appointed as Co-Director at the AUT research center for Journalism, Media and Democracy (JMAD) in 2019. Previously, she was Project Manager for the research center and Author for the center's New Zealand media ownership reports. She is an expert in New Zealand media ownership after authoring eight New Zealand media ownership reports.
In 2019, she was appointed as a tenured lecturer at the AUT School of Communication Studies.
Merja is as also one of the prominent academics studying news payment systems, including paywalls. Her work has been published in international academic books published by Wiley, Oxford University Press and Routledge; and academic journals such as Journalism Studies, Digital Journalism, Journal of Media Business Studies and Pacific Journalism Review.
She is in Editorial Board of Media and Communication Journal; blogger for International News Media Association, and a judge for NZSA Business Journalism Awards.
In 2017, she was awarded one year Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship at AUT which she completed in December 2018.