Investigating a sustainable future for public interest journalism


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Multiple changes were noted on entity and outlet records over January, including an increase in service for one local paper. One outlet was recorded as having opened in January, while two other outlets were recorded as having opened last year. Our latest monthly report has the full rundown.


Read Anna Draffin's speech from the public hearings for the Productivity Commission's inquiry into philanthropy.

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A democracy cannot function without a healthy news sector.

Other Research

This study explores socio-economic determinants that influence the presence of local print and digital news outlets across Australia.

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Media Releases

Public interest news sector needs urgent attention


PIJI receives new funding to continue vital research 


PIJI welcomes Anita Jacoby AM to Board


PIJI statement on government funding agreement


PIJI welcomes ACMA consultation paper


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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.