News and publications from the AUT Centre for Journalism, Media and Democracy (JMAD)

Recent article: In media we trust? A comparative analysis of news trust in New Zealand and other Western media markets

A new academic article, written by Dr Merja Myllylahti and Dr Greg Treadwell, has been published in Kōtuitui New Zealand Journal of Social Sciences Online. The article is freely accessible. One of the article's findings is that television news and financial newspapers scored highly in trust in New Zealand and selected other news markets. Another finding is that New Zealanders have a high level of mistrust of the information they read or see on the internet. Compared to the 38-country average, New Zealanders are clearly more wary of misinformation and disinformation spreading on the net.

Read article in Kōtuitui New Zealand Journal of Social Sciences Online

Recent article: Age and environmental citizenship: A case study of media coverage of the 2019 local body elections in New Zealand

JMAD’s postgraduate student Amber Hammill, Professor Verica Rupar (JMAD member) and Professor Wayne Hope (JMAD co-director) have published a new article in Journalism and Media titled “Age and environmental citizenship: A case study of media coverage of the 2019 local body elections in New Zealand.” The article reveals results of their recent study  that examines media coverage of the 2019 local body elections in New Zealand. Their research found that “journalists, opinion writers and candidates alike mostly assume that readers and potential voters are not environmental citizens. Groups are framed as ‘farmers’ or ‘visitors’, for instance, and their interests are put forward. The language in these pieces suggests that ‘citizenship’ or enfranchisement is conferred in relation to the payment of rates or taxes, rather than custodians of environmental sustainability.”

Read the article in Journalism and Media

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Trust in News in New Zealand report

JMAD published its second Trust in News in New Zealand report on April 29, 2021, and it is freely available for everyone. The report, co-authored by Dr Merja Myllylahti and Dr Greg Treadwell, is also being discussed on a JMAD podcast.

In 2020, JMAD expanded its research activities by launching a new, ongoing research programme about trust in news. The first report Trust in News in New Zealand was published on April 23, 2020.

These reports are the first in New Zealand offering internationally comparable data on trust in news. The reports are produced in collaboration with the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism.

Find the report, press release and podcast here

Longitudinal media ownership patterns in New Zealand from 2011 to 2020

The JMAD research centre has published a unique report which tracks longitudinal media ownership patterns in New Zealand from 2011 to 2020. The report "Media ownership in New Zealand from 2011 to 2020: A longitudinal data analysis of the information gathered by AUT research centre for Journalism, Media and Democracy” was authored by doctoral candidate Saing Te during her summer scholarship. The report observes some of the main shifts in media ownership patterns and four major themes or phases of ownership were recognised in this work. In general, the ownership has moved from multinational, corporate ownership to financial and independent media ownership, although there are exceptions.

Read the report on our NZ media ownership report page

JMAD 10th Anniversary and 10th New Zealand Media Ownership Report

The AUT research centre for Journalism, Media and Democracy (JMAD) celebrated its 10th Anniversary in 2020. To mark the milestone, the centre published its 10thNew Zealand Media Ownership Report which was produced by JMAD members who are experts in their field. The report was edited by JMAD co-directors Dr Merja Myllylahti and Professor Wayne Hope who also contributed to the report. Other collaborators included Dr Sarah Baker, Dr Peter Hoar, Dr Atakohu Middleton, Dr Rufus McEwan and Dr Greg Treadwell.

JMAD  was established in 2010 by (then) Associate Professors Wayne Hope and Martin Hirst to promote research into the media and communication industries and to increase knowledge about news and professional practices in journalism. Former directors of the research centre have included Associate Professors Martin Hirst and Verica Rupar.

To date, JMAD has produced ten New Zealand media ownership reports; three election and media reports; and one report on trust in news in New Zealand. It has also organised five themed conferences with international keynotes and attendees. The centre has ten active research members, whose research is regularly featured in New Zealand media.

Download the press release

9th New Zealand Media Ownership Report

AUT research centre for Journalism, Media and Democracy (JMAD) has published its 9th New Zealand Media Ownership Report which includes in-depth coverage of the structural and ownership changes in New Zealand media market during 2019. The report, authored by Dr Merja Myllylahti (lead-author) and Dr Sarah Baker (co-author), was published on December 5, 2019.

In 2016, JMAD launched a publicly accessible Facebook group. Anyone interested in journalism, media and democracy is welcome to join the group which can be found here.

JMAD was established in 2010 to promote research and advance knowledge about media and communication industries, news and journalism professional practices.

Changes in JMAD research centre

Dr Merja Myllylahti has been appointed as co-director at the AUT research centre for Journalism, Media and Democracy (JMAD). Prior to her appointment, she was a project manager and author at JMAD. Since 2011, she has compiled eight New Zealand media ownership reports for the centre.  

Myllylahti was appointed to the role after JMAD co-director, Associate Professor Verica Rupar, was appointed as Associate Head of the School of Communication Studies, responsible for research. Professor Wayne Hope continues as JMAD Co-Director.

New Zealand print market shrinks further, changes ahead

AUT research centre for Journalism, Media and Democracy (JMAD) has published its eighth New Zealand Media Ownership Report which includes in-depth coverage of the structural and ownership changes in New Zealand media market during 2018. The report, authored by Dr Merja Myllylahti, was published on December 6, 2018, and can be found here.

Download the press release about the report

In 2016, JMAD launched a publicly accessible Facebook group. Anyone interested in journalism, media and democracy is welcome to join the group which can be found here.

JMAD was established in 2010 to promote research and advance knowledge about media and communication industries, news and journalism professional practices.

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Dr Merja Myllylahti, author of the JMAD annual New Zealand Media Ownership Report


New Zealand media ownership report 2016: more changes ahead

AUT’s Centre for Journalism, Media and Democracy (JMAD) has published its sixth New Zealand Media Ownership Report which includes in-depth coverage of proposed NZME-Fairfax and Sky TV-Vodafone mergers. The 2016 report notes that the New Zealand media market is facing further structural and ownership changes, but it is not clear what combinations will emerge. It says that “no matter what the commissions decisions are, the consolidation and convergence in the New Zealand media and telecommunication sectors is likely to continue.”

The report, published on December 1, 2016, has been authored by Dr Merja Myllylahti, and can be found here.

The Press Release is also available here.

In 2016, JMAD launched a publicly accessible Facebook group which currently has over 180 active members. Anyone interested in journalism, media and democracy is welcome to join the group which can be found here.

JMAD was established in 2010 to promote research and advance knowledge about media and communication industries, news and journalism professional practices.


JMAD celebrates its fifth New Zealand Media Ownership Report

AUT’s Centre for Journalism, Media and Democracy (JMAD) celebrated the fifth anniversary of its New Zealand Media Ownership Report on December 11. The 2015 report, authored by Merja Myllylahti, is found here.

JMAD was established in 2010 to promote research and advance knowledge about media and communication industries, news and journalism professional practices. Find more information here


AUT Media Observatory report published

Analysis of the 2014 elections is published and can be found here. "News, politics and diversity  in the 2014 New Zealand General Election" is the first report produced by AUT Media Observatory.

BCS (Honours) student Craig Hoyle looked at the representation of ethnic groups and analysed articles using the term "Asians". His Honours dissertation "Financially important yet voiceless: Representation of Asians in media coverage of the 2014 New Zealand General Election" is here.


JMAD report amended

The JMAD New Zealand media ownership report 2014 was published and distributed on December 5, 2014. On page 40, the report includes reference to journalist Fran O’Sullivan; however, the inclusion of her name was a mistake. The report has been amended as of December 8, 2014 and Fran O’Sullivan’s name has been removed from the report. The author, Merja Myllylahti, apologises for this oversight and for any harm it has caused. The amended report can be viewed here.


JMAD publishes its fourth New Zealand Media Ownership Report

AUT’s Centre for Journalism, Media, and Democracy (JMAD) has published its fourth New Zealand Media Ownership Report. The 2014 report, authored by Merja Myllylahti, can now be found here.

The report is being used at the AUT as a reading material for media communication and journalism students. It is also used as a teaching tool in other New Zealand universities.


JMAD publishes its third New Zealand Media Ownership Report

AUT’s Centre for Journalism, Media, and Democracy (JMAD) has now published its third New Zealand Media Ownership Report. The 2013 report, authored by Merja Myllylahti, can now be found here.

The report is being used at the AUT as a reading material for media communication and journalism students. It is also used as a teaching tool in other New Zealand universities.


JMAD New Zealand Media Ownership Report 2012 published

AUT’s Centre for Journalism, Media, and Democracy (JMAD) published its second New Zealand Media Ownership Report in November 2012. Find the newest and the last year’s reports here.


JMAD 2012 Conference

Following last year's successful conference, we are pleased to announce that JMAD 2012 will be held this year on September 13. The conference themed "Australian and New Zealand Media Histories: Commonality, Autonomy, Convergence" will be held at AUT University. More details on the conference.


JMAD’s first New Zealand Media Ownership report has gained fair amount of publicity. Here are some links if you like to read and listen what has been said about our first Interim Report.

Blogs and articles:

National Business Review

Stoppress

TV3 News

Scoop

Idealog

Yahoo NZ

Red Alert/Clare Curran

Russell Brown/Hard News

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