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.

Tax Concessions for Public Interest Journalism

Centre for International Economics
20 November 2019

This report considers the case for tax concessions to encourage additional public interest journalism.

The Nature of the Editorial Deficit

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.

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.


Mandatory News Media Bargaining Code

The Australian Government has directed the ACCC to develop a mandatory code of conduct to address bargaining power imbalances between Australian news media businesses and each of Google and Facebook.

PIJI made a joint submission with the Judith Neilson Institute of Journalism and Ideas.

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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