Research is an essential part of finding a solution to sustainable public interest journalism.

We’re gathering existing research and commissioning new studies to fill the gaps in our knowledge and help that information go where it can make a difference.

It’s important to make sure 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.

Our Expert Research Panel is chaired by Associate Professor Margaret Simons of Monash University and includes Associate Professor Jason Bosland of Melbourne Law School, Professor Axel Bruns of Queensland University of Technology, Associate Professor Andrew Dodd of Swinburne University, Professor Julian Thomas of RMIT University and Professor Glenn Withers of Australian National University.


    Professor Julian Thomas is Director of the Technology, Communications and Policy Lab in RMIT University’s Digital Ethnography Research Centre.

  • Margaret Simons, Chair

    Margaret is an Associate Professor in the School of Media, Film and Journalism at Monash University.

  • Jason Bosland

    Associate Professor Jason Bosland is Deputy Director of the Centre for Media and Communications Law at Melbourne Law School, where he teaches media and communications law.

  • Axel Bruns

    Professor Axel Bruns is an Australian Research Council Future Fellow and Professor in the Digital Media Research Centre at Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane.

  • Andrea Carson

    Andrea Carson is an associate professor in the Department of Politics, Media and Philosophy at La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia.


    Associate Professor Andrew Dodd is the Director of the Centre for Advancing Journalism at the University of Melbourne.

  • Glenn Withers

    Glenn Withers is an Economics Professor at the Australian National University and an Adjunct Professor at the University of New South Wales.

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