WEN QLD Event – Can Australian Media Survive Without Advertisers: The future of news

The Queensland branch of the Women in Economics Network and the Centre for Behavioural Economics, Society and Technology (BEST) at QUT invite you to a free webinar: Can Australian Media Survive Without Advertisers: The future of news.

With the disruptive implications of internet communication technologies expanding from the newspaper sector to commercial broadcasters, Australian policymakers look for solutions. The News Media Bargaining code garnered significant attention this year, but does it offer a real solution for journalism in Australia? What other challenges persist and exist on the horizon that will shape the availability of public-interest journalism and other media to Australians?

Anna Draffin (Chief Executive Officer of the Public Interest Journalism Initiative) and Professor Amanda Lotz (Professor of Digital Media and Communication, QUT) share their insights into the long run economic viability of public interest media. The discussion will be moderated by WEN Queensland Chair, Dr Christine Williams.

  • LocationOnline via Zoom – Register HERE
  • Date: Thursday 6th May 2021
  • Time: 5.00pm – 6.15pm AEST
  • Cost: FREE

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Meet the Speakers

Professor Amanda D. Lotz

Amanda D. Lotz is a professor and leader of the Transforming Media Industries research project in the Digital Media Research Centre at Queensland University of Technology. She is the author, coauthor, or editor of ten books that explore television and media industries including We Now Disrupt This Broadcast: How Cable Transformed Television and the Internet Revolutionized It All, The Television Will Be Revolutionized and Portals: A Treatise on Internet-Distributed Television. Media Disrupted: Surviving Cannibals, Pirates and Streaming Wars is due out from MIT Press in October and tells the story of how the internet and digital technologies disrupted the recorded music, newspaper, film, and television industries.

Her most recent books explore the connections between internet-distributed services such as Netflix and the legacy television industry, as well as the business strategies and revenue models that differ. Her award-winning book, The Television Will Be Revolutionized, now in its second edition, has been translated into Mandarin, Korean, Italian, and Polish. She is frequently interviewed by NPR’s Marketplace, has appeared on BBC, CNN’s The Nineties, HuffPost Live, and ZDF (German television network) and been interviewed for articles in the Los Angeles TimesThe Guardian, The Atlantic, Christian Science Monitor, the Associated PressWired, and Men’s Health among many others. She publishes articles about the business of television at QuartzSalonThe New Republic, hosts the Media Business Matters podcast, and tweets about television and media @DrTVLotz. For more, see amandalotz.com.

Anna Draffin

Anna Draffin is the Chief Executive Officer of the Public Interest Journalism Initiative. She is a strategically focused senior executive with over 15 years’ experience in business strategy, management and positive change leadership within multi-stakeholder organisations, across the corporate, government, philanthropic and non-profit sectors. She has coached and worked with dozens of boards and senior management to build and translate innovation and vision into sustainable commercial models.

Anna is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD) and a Non Executive Director of YWCA’s Victorian Housing Board. She holds a double degree in Commerce and Arts (University of Melbourne) and is a scholarship graduate of the General Manager Program (Australian Graduate School of Management, UNSW). She was appointed the Chief Executive Officer of PIJI in April 2020, having served as Interim Executive Director since August 2019.


Location: Online via Zoom
Start Date: 06/05/2021 [add to calendar]
Start Time: 5.00pm
End Date: 06/05/2021
End Time: 6.15pm