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Dr Tai Neilson is a lecturer in Media in the Department of Media, Music, Communication and Culture. His areas of expertise include the political economy of digital media and critical cultural theory. He has a PhD in Cultural Studies from George Mason University in Virginia, an MA in Sociology from the New School for Social Research in New York, and a BA (honours) in Sociology and Media Studies from Victoria University of Wellington. Dr Neilson has published work on journalism and digital media in Journalism: Theory, Practice and Criticism, Fast Capitalism, and Global Media Journal. His current research focuses on the reorganization of journalists labour through the use of digital media. He also publishes and presents research in Heavy Metal Studies including a chapter in Scott Wilson’s Music at the Extremes: Sounds outside the Mainstream. Dr Neilson teaches units in media theory, digital media, and news production.

I am interested in advising higher degree research in the areas of news production, the political economy of digital media, critical cultural theory, and heavy metal studies.

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Research Output 2012 2018

A Band of Northmen

Neilson, T. & Neilson, G. 29 Oct 2018 (Accepted/In press) Heavy metal at the movies. Bayer, G. (ed.). Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

rock music
critical theory

'I don’t engage': online communication and social media use among New Zealand journalists

Neilson, T. 2018 In : Journalism. 19, 4, p. 536-552 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

social media
New Zealand

Unions in digital labour studies: a review of information society and Marxist autonomist approaches

Neilson, T. 7 Nov 2018 In : TripleC. 16, 2, p. 882-900 19 p., 1065

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
information society
class antagonism

Writers' rights: freelance journalism in a digital age

Neilson, T. 8 May 2018 In : MIA Media International Australia. 167, 1, p. 181–182 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article/Exhibition review

book review

Research methods for the digital humanities

levenberg, L., Neilson, T. & Rheams, D. 6 Dec 2017 (Accepted/In press) Palgrave Macmillan. 319 p.

Research output: Book/ReportEdited Book/Anthology

research method
Digital devices
Social sciences

Activities 2017 2018

  • 2 Publication Peer-review
  • 2 Oral presentation
  • 1 Other

TripleC (Journal)

Neilson, T. (Reviewer)
17 Jul 2018

Activity: Publication Peer-review

New Beats: The Future of Journalism Round Table

Neilson, T. (Speaker)
8 Jun 2018

Activity: Oral presentation

Emerging Scholar Fellow

Neilson, T. (Participant)
1 Jul 201831 Dec 2018

Activity: Other

Lateral: Journal of the Cultural Studies Association (Journal)

Neilson, T. (Reviewer)
1 Apr 2018

Activity: Publication Peer-review

Press / Media

Dr Tai Neilson talks about media mergers

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1 media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment