Expert Research Panel

All of PIJI’s research is evidence-based and guided by our Expert Research Panel.

  • Derek Wilding (Chair) University of Technology Sydney

    Professor Derek Wilding is Chair of the Expert Research Panel and Co-Director of the Centre for Media Transition, University of Technology Sydney.

  • Margaret Simons University of Melbourne

    Margaret Simons is an honorary fellow at the Centre for Advancing Journalism.

  • Jason Bosland University of Melbourne

    Associate Professor Jason Bosland is Deputy Director of the Centre for Media and Communications Law at Melbourne Law School.

  • Axel Bruns Queensland University of Technology

    Professor Axel Bruns is an Australian Research Council Laureate Fellow and Professor in the Digital Media Research Centre at Queensland University of Technology.

  • Andrea Carson La Trobe University

    Andrea Carson is an Associate Professor in the Department of Politics, Media and Philosophy at La Trobe University in Melbourne.

  • Andrew Dodd University of Melbourne

    Associate Professor Andrew Dodd is the Director of the Centre for Advancing Journalism at the University of Melbourne.

  • Kristy Hess Deakin University

    Associate Professor Kristy Hess is a leading academic in local news and digital journalism.

  • Sora Park University of Canberra

    Professor Sora Park is Associate Dean of Research at the Faculty of Arts & Design, University of Canberra.

  • Glenn Withers Australian National University

    Glenn Withers is an Economics Professor at the Australian National University and an Adjunct Professor at the University of New South Wales.

Our Thanks

PIJI extends our gratitude to former Expert Research Panel members, for their roles guiding, and supporting PIJI to achieve our vision;

Julian Thomas

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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.

PIJI’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. PIJI’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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