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.


Availability of Local News and Information

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.


Digital Platforms Inquiry

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.

The preliminary report was released on 4 March 2019.

Press Freedom Inquiry

The Senate Standing Committees on Environment and Communications are conducting an inquiry into the laws protecting whistleblowers.

Submission to the Inquiry
30 August 2019

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