Investigating a sustainable future for public interest journalism

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PIJI’s latest quarterly data release shows just how many news outlets have been lost. PIJI has recorded a total of 494 changes in news production since it began tracking in 2019. According to data released for the third quarter of 2023, there were 323 contractions and 171 expansions since 1 January 2019, for a net change of -152.


In her first appearance before the National Press Club, the Communications Minister focused on the government's efforts to improve online safety.


Read PIJI's submission to the Review of options to support the national broadcasters' independence.


Read PIJI's submission to the Murdoch Media Inquiry Bill 2023.

PIJI Coverage

Media Releases

PIJI welcomes Anita Jacoby AM to Board


PIJI statement on government funding agreement


PIJI welcomes ACMA consultation paper


News Media Bargaining Code review shows need for more ACCC information gathering


PIJI welcomes federal budget funding for news media industry


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PIJI's guiding principles

All PIJI’s activities are conducted in alignment with our guiding principles. These guiding principles inform our research and advocacy. These guiding principles are: to act in the public interest; to ensure plurality of news production and neutrality of support; and to be independent, practical and evidence-based. 

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History of PIJI

Established in 2018, the Public Interest Journalism Initiative seeks to ensure a sustainable and diverse public interest journalism landscape in Australia. PIJI has produced extensive research, contributed submissions and presented its findings to multiple government inquiries.

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What is public interest journalism?

Public interest journalism is news that informs the community. It is the accurate, reliable journalism that lies at the heart of public discussion, diversity of voice, open justice, accountability and informed decision-making. It is an essential public good, and it is under threat in Australia and around the world.