Independent think tank researching a future for public interest journalism


The Australian Newsroom Mapping Project

The first comprehensive, visual and searchable index of news production availability across Australia

67th Walkley Awards

Entries are now open for the 67th Walkley Awards

The Awards are open to all Australian media for work published on any platform between September 1, 2021, and August 31, 2022.


News Outlets Missing Out On Bargaining Code Deals

PIJI’s Australian Newsroom Mapping Project shows 41% of local print and digital outlets are not covered by deals under the Code.

Australian News Index

The Australian News Index

The Australian News Index database includes state/territory, national and non-geographic news producers. Records can be searched, filtered and downloaded




The onset of COVID-19 and other upheavals in the Australian news media landscape have unveiled the rapidly diminishing production of public interest journalism in Australia, particularly in coverage of our councils, parliaments, and courts. PIJI’s research show’s regional and rural communities have been most adversely affected, with emerging local news gaps in print and online at the forefront of concern.

The Public Interest Journalism Initiative’s comprehensive research has become a leading point of reference for examining the state of public interest journalism production and availability in Australia. This means we now have a unique opportunity for systemic industry reform, using our Australia-first data to guide short and long-term policy ideas into action.

Public interest journalism in Australia plays a critical role in our democracy. The Public Interest Journalism Initiative’s research is uncovering indicators of a lack of media plurality and diversity across Australia. This research has the power to help communities and decision makers create effective media policies and interventions that improve the quality and provision of public interest journalism in Australia.

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