Media Diversity Inquiry

The Media Diversity Inquiry examined the state of Australia’s media diversity, independence and reliability and it’s impact on public interest journalism.  PIJI’s submission focuses on key issues and findings from PIJI’s Australian Newsroom Mapping Project and recommends that a mix of policy levers must be used to address the seriousness and extensiveness of the problems facing public interest journalism.

Many of the inquiry’s final recommendations were drawn from previous PIJI research and proposals. 

Media Diversity in Australia Inquiry Cover
Submission to the Inquiry into media diversity in Australia
January 2021
Inquiry Key Recommendations

PIJI’s Submission to the Inquiry into media diversity in Australia focuses on key issues and findings from research of direct relevance to the inquiry, in particular, on PIJI’s Australian Newsroom Mapping Project. It recommends:

  • The establishment of an independent fund to provide ongoing program support for public interest journalism.
  • That taxation mechanisms could offer significant returns in industry investment and other support.
Inquiry Background and Key Documents

Media Diversity Inquiry

In November 2020, the Senate referred an Inquiry to the Senate Environment and Communications References Committee to examine the state of media diversity, independence and reliability in Australia and the impact that this has on public interest journalism and democracy.

The inquiry was established after a petition, calling for the establishment of a royal commission into Australian media and signed by over half a million Australians, was presented the Australian parliament. 

Key Documents

Inquiry Final Report: Media Diversity in Australia,Commonwealth of Australia, Environment and Communications References Committee, December 2021

Submission to the Inquiry into media diversity in Australia, Public Interest Journalism Initiative, January 2021

Inquiry home page

Project Details

The submission was prepared by PIJI’s Policy Working Group, supported by PIJI staff:

Anna Draffin, Chief Executive Officer, Public Interest Journalism Initiative
Gary Dickson, Research and Projects Manager, Public Interest Journalism Initiative
Isabelle Oderberg, Communications Strategy and Media Manager, Public Interest Journalism Initiative

Supplementary Submission to the Inquiry into Media Diversity in Australia
October 2021
PIJI’s supplementary submission focused on PIJI research that was of interest to the inquiry.
Project Details

The submission was prepared by PIJI’s Policy Working Group, supported by PIJI staff:

Anna Draffin, Chief Executive Officer, Public Interest Journalism Initiative
Gary Dickson, Research and Projects Manager, Public Interest Journalism Initiative
Isabelle Oderberg, Communications Strategy and Media Manager, Public Interest Journalism Initiative

PIJI staff appearing at the Media Diversity Inquiry
Appearance before the Inquiry into Media Diversity in Australia
October 2021
PIJI appeared before the inquiry in October 2021 and discussed its research into a tax rebate scheme for public interest journalism.
Project Details

PIJI’s appearance before the inquiry on October 22, 2019, was attended by:

ANSWERS TO QUESTIONS TAKEN ON NOTICE AT THE INQUIRY INTO MEDIA DIVERSITY IN AUSTRALIA
November 2021
PIJI responded to questions raised on notice during our attendance at the October 2021 hearing of the Senate Standing Committee on Environment and Communications inquiry into media diversity in Australia.
Project Details

The submission was prepared by PIJI’s Policy Working Group, supported by PIJI staff:

Anna Draffin, Chief Executive Officer, Public Interest Journalism Initiative
Gary Dickson, Research and Projects Manager, Public Interest Journalism Initiative
Isabelle Oderberg, Communications Strategy and Media Manager, Public Interest Journalism Initiative

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