EVENT: Information May Want to Be Free, but Journalism Can’t Be: An Industrial Analysis of ‘Newspaper’ Disruption

 Information May Want to Be Free, but Journalism Can’t Be: An Industrial Analysis of ‘Newspaper’ Disruption

Professor Amanda Lotz, QUT Digital Media Research Centre

5:30 – 6:30pm 10th February

QUT Kelvin Grove, (location provided on RSVP form)

The technological changes affecting news organizations over the last two decades may be well known, but how they connect with and have challenged the business imperatives that guide commercial news organizations is complicated. In this presentation, media industry scholar Amanda Lotz turns her focus on the implications of internet communication technologies for print news.

Drawing from research about ‘newspapers’ for her forthcoming book Media Disrupted: Surviving Pirates, Cannibals, and Streaming Wars (MIT Press, 2021) Amanda examines the multifaceted effects of digital technology on the financial foundation of industries that fund ‘print’ journalism by selling attention to advertisers. She explores how different digital tools ‘unbundled’ newspapers and decimated the business model – whether distributing news and journalism on paper or online.

5:00pm (Pysical attendees) Arrive QUT Kelvin Grove (location provided on RSVP form)

5:25pm (Virtual attendees) Zoom session opens

5:30pm Professor Amanda Lotz presentation and Q&A

6:30pm Conclude event and move to post-event venue

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. 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, ABC, SBS, HuffPost Live, and ZDF and been interviewed for articles in the Los Angeles Times, The Guardian, The Atlantic, Christian Science Monitor, the Associated Press, Wired, and Men’s Health among many others. She has published articles about the business of television at Quartz, Salon, The New Republic, hosted the Media Business Matters podcast, and tweets about television and media @DrTVLotz. For more, see amandalotz.com

RSVP (mandatory)

If you are in Brisbane and wish to attend this event in person then please head to https://forms.gle/86dk2X8wVJju992J6 to register.

If you wish to participate in the live zoom webinar then please head to https://www.meetup.com/Hacks-Hackers-Brisbane/events/276021749/ to register.

This event is co-organised by QUT’s Digital Media Research Centre, and Hacks/Hackers Brisbane.