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September Newsletter

September 18, 2023

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In this month’s edition, a new board member joins PIJI’s board, and the latest data on public interest journalism in Australia.

Anita Jacoby AM to join PIJI board


The Public Interest Journalism Initiative is pleased to announce media sector stalwart Anita Jacoby AM will join its board in October. One of the most decorated TV producers in Australia, Ms Jacoby has over 35 years of experience in broadcasting, including many years in news and current affairs.

Read the full announcement here.




Further closures emerge in latest PIJI data report

There are 1210 print, digital, radio and television news outlets listed on the Australian News Index – as at 31 July 2023 – spanning community, local, metropolitan, state/territory or national coverage areas. This is down from 1212 in June 2023.

Two outlet closures were observed in July, and eight other changes were made to outlet records that occurred in previous months but were verified in July, including one opening, one reopening, five closures and one updated coverage area. One news entity record was added to the data.

Read the full report on our website.

Interview: Rebuilding US local news

Two newspapers each week shut down in the US, revealing the depth of the local news crisis. PIJI sat down with Steven Waldman, President of Rebuild Local News, a US nonprofit dedicated to saving local journalism. In our cross-border chat, he discusses potential solutions to the local news crisis and the importance of working together across borders to ensure public interest journalism is sustainable into the future.

Listen to the piece here.

PIJI submissions to government consultations

PIJI is currently engaged in the following industry consultations:

We will update our subscribers on the content of our submissions in due course.

Current opportunities

Here, PIJI rounds up the latest sponsorship, funding and other opportunities for the sector.

  • The Walkley Foundation is seeking expressions of interest from those interested in becoming mentors in the Foundation’s programs.
  • Applications are now open for the third round of the Meta Australian News Fund, with $5 million available to the Australian journalism industry with a particular focus on public interest journalism. Applications close close on Monday 25 September at 11:59pm.

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