Research-based solutions for Australia's public interest journalism crisis
In November PIJI made a submission on the draft Australian Code of Practice on Disinformation, stating that did not recognise the role that high-quality news plays in improving the digital information ecosystem.
PIJI’s Australian Newsroom Mapping Project has launched a sleek new look, with new ways to view our data on newsroom closures, service reductions, mergers, end of print editions, as well as new print editions and new newsroom openings.
Key statistics and information about Australia’s public interest journalism sector, collected by PIJI and also collated from relevant industry bodies and statutory reports.
This research outlines an industry scheme, similar to the R&D model used in Australia, designed to offset the cost of journalism to encourage more news activity that generates public benefit.
PIJI completed and released its second submission to the ACCC’s consultation into a Mandatory News Media Bargaining Code. PIJI’s joint submission was informed by our own consultations with industry.
South Australia’s south-east is seeing some of the worst newsroom closures in the country, according to PIJI’s mapping project. But one newsroom is bucking the trend, writes Eliza Berlage.
The onset of COVID-19 and other upheavals in the Australian news media landscape are leading to vastly reduced coverage of key areas like our councils, parliaments and courts. Local newsrooms, stations, services and jobs are rapidly disappearing across the country.
We now have a unique opportunity for systemic industry reform. Through our research we’re developing short and long-term policy ideas to ensure a future for public interest journalism.
Measures to sustain public interest journalism need community support if they are to be successful. Our research informs public discussion, providing essential data and helping to better understand the community’s value of news as a public good.