Research is essential to finding a solution to sustainable public interest journalism in Australia.
It’s important we know the facts about public interest journalism, and the impacts of its decline. We want to find out what’s happening and why, as well as what can be done.
All our research work is guided by our expert research panel. The panel’s specialties include journalism practice, the civic importance of the media, law, technology, business and economics.
Community value of public interest journalism
Glenn Withers, Applied Economics
These surveys, conducted at six-month intervals by Essential Media, form part of our ongoing work to understand how the community values public interest journalism.
We’re documenting changes in news availability around Australia, from media companies to mastheads, newsrooms and stations.
Centre for International Economics
20 November 2019
This report considers the case for tax concessions to encourage additional public interest journalism.
Margaret Simons, Gary Dickson and Rachel Alembakis
20 November 2019
We spoke to editors from different types of newsroom around the country about public interest journalism, how they manage limited resources, and the challenges that they face in serving their communities.
Margaret Simons and Gary Dickson
16 June 2019
Our research in partnership with the Australian Local Governments Association shows an alarming decline in the availability of news about local government, particularly in the suburbs of major cities.
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s inquiry into the advertising market power of Google, Facebook and other digital platforms, and the impact on public interest journalism.
The final report was submitted to the Goverment on 26 July 2019. The Treasury then began a consultation with industry in order to inform the Government’s response.
Submission to Treasury further to the Final Report
12 September 2019
The preliminary report was released on 4 March 2019.
Submission further to the Preliminary Report
20 February 2019
The Senate Standing Committees on Environment and Communications are conducting an inquiry into the laws protecting whistleblowers.
Appearance before the inquiry
18 October 2019
Submission to the Inquiry
30 August 2019