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August Newsletter

August 18, 2023

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In this month’s edition, we reveal the latest quarterly and monthly data from the Australian News Data Report, share a special audio-led blog about the results of the Digital News Report and mark a milestone for commercial radio.

More LGAs going without local news

PIJI’s June 2023 monthly and quarterly research report shows an increase in the number of geographic areas without a print or digital news service.

Thirty local government areas have no local print or digital news publisher, an increase of six since the last quarter, according to PIJI’s latest data released this week.

The data also shows almost 500 market changes in news production and availability since January 2019, translating to 148 fewer news outlets as a net effect.

Read the full report online.

Deep dive: Digital News Report

We talk to Professor Sora Park about the Digital News Report: Australia 2023. Professor Park is one of the authors of the report and a member of PIJI’s Expert Research Panel. What were the key results of the report and what do they mean for newsrooms?

Listen to the piece here.

The state of British news

A clearer picture is emerging of the state of local news across the UK thanks to the release of a new map released by the Public Interest News Foundation.

Among the findings is that there are 38 news deserts in the UK, representing 4.1 million people. London in particular was picked out as being “poorly served” by local news.

Read the full blog piece on our website.

Commercial radio marks a milestone

Commercial radio in Australia marked its 100th birthday this month, and we’ve got a bit of a wrap-up showing radio’s important contribution to the Australian news landscape. Did you know that 83 per cent of Australians listen to radio weekly?

Read our blog piece online.

Walkley Opportunity Scholarship now open

Funded by Ampol, the Walkley Opportunity Scholarship will provide two aspiring journalists of any age with an opportunity to work in a metropolitan newsroom for a 10-week placement. These placements are intended for individuals who identify as coming from a socio-economically disadvantaged background.

For more details or to apply, visit the website.

Final tickets available for Women in Media Conference

The Women in Media National Conference 2023 will be held in Sydney on September 8-9. Tickets are now available for both men and women to attend.

Book your tickets online.

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