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Research report

20 Nov 2017

The internet has changed the way young Australians participate in society. Digital platforms now rival traditional media, such as television, for young people’s attention when it comes to accessing information and entertainment. Yet we have little understanding of the impact of...

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Commentary

13 Oct 2017

The BBC charter is up for renewal, and members of senior and middle management have been co-opted into a working group “to identify what the BBC does best and find more ways of doing less of it better.” Actually, that’s fake news — or news fiction. It’s a summary of the first episode in the...

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Research report

02 Oct 2017

There’s a dizzying array of data available about the habits of Australian television watchers. To help inform policy and business decision makers – and the public – this report focuses on how children are watching free-to-air commercial TV.

The key finding is that far fewer kids aged 0 to...

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Commentary

11 Sep 2017

As the Federal government attempts to reform Australia’s media ownership laws, evidence is emerging that journalists are moving away from the traditional watchdog role of the press towards satisfying the demands of audiences.

Decades of debate about whether journalists ought to give...

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Survey

Report

06 Sep 2017

As of August 2017, two-thirds (67%) of Americans report that they get at least some of their news on social media – with two-in-ten doing so often, according to a new survey from Pew Research Center. This is a modest increase since early 2016, when (during the height of the presidential...

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Audio interview

30 Aug 2017

In the US, President Donald Trump has popularised the notion of 'fake news' — it's usually stories the President doesn't like in mainstream media.

More generally, 'fake news' is deliberately planted disinformation, designed to spread division or favourable propaganda, often generated by...

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Article

25 Jul 2017

Since the ABC published an essay on domestic violence and the Christian church in Australia last week, we've seen a far-ranging conversation about the way the church responds to victims of abuse in their midst.

There has been some confusion about what the research tells us, so the ABC...

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Journal article

21 Jul 2017

This paper argues that ‘fake news’ is endemic to ‘information society’ as a whole, not just the internet or news media. It is part of daily experience, generated by established patterns of communication, social group categorisation, framing, and patterns of power. These disruptions are...

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Journal article

19 Jul 2017

Processing information into journalistic content in contemporary news media creates a favorable environment for the distribution of misleading and fake information. This paper analyzes the distribution of alternative facts and fake news as a phenomenon characterizing post-fact society and how...

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Audio interview

22 Jun 2017

There's often a lot of criticism that the news is negative and depressing, and a new study has found that more than half of Australian audiences sometimes avoid it, because of that. The survey has also found an increasing number of us are getting our...

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Guide

21 Jun 2017

This Quick Guide provides a listing of online information for sources relevant to Australian media and communications legislation, standards, policy and industry advocacy.

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Audio interview

20 Jun 2017

Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank speaks to RN Breakfast about the battle between the Donald Trump and the press, "fake" news and the media war for the hearts and minds of Americans.

In the immediate aftermath of last week's shooting of US Republican Congressman Steve Scalise, there...

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Audio program

14 Jun 2017

Australia's third largest free-to-air television broadcaster has gone into voluntary administration. Network Ten is now in the hands of Korda Mentha after news the broadcaster wouldn't receive a key financial lifeline at the end of the year. 
Analysts say the clock is now ticking on the...

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Audio interview

31 May 2017

Some of the biggest players in Australian media will launch a bid today to convince the Senate to pass the federal government's long waited media reform package. In an unprecedented show of industry unity, more than 25 top CEOs from all the major newspaper groups and commercial television and...

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Report

15 May 2017

Examines the availability and consumption of local content and local news in regional Australia.

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The 2017 report consolidates the findings drawn from three separate local content research projects undertaken by the ACMA in 2016:

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Commentary

Article

04 May 2017

A visitor to this country over the past week might wonder where, or in what year, he or she has landed. It’s now nine sleeps since ANZAC Day 2017, and hundreds of articles and hours of rolling outrage have been expended on a few words posted on Facebook by part-time ABC presenter Yassmin Abdel-...

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Research report

03 May 2017

Freedom of expression in Turkey is under sustained and increasing attack. Since the failed coup attempt in July 2016, academics, journalists and writers who criticize the government risk criminal investigation and prosecution, intimidation, harassment and censorship. The severity of the Turkish...

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Audio program

03 May 2017

The once mighty Fairfax media company is taking the axe to its newsrooms across the country. It will cut about 125 journalists at The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age in Melbourne The Australian Financial Review, and websites Brisbane Times and WAToday.

That is on top of 120 jobs cut last...

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Research report

03 May 2017

NZME Limited and Fairfax NZ Limited and its parent company, Fairfax Media Limited, sought approval to merge the New Zealand operations of NZME Limited and Fairfax NZ Limited. The Commission is not satisfied that the merger will not have, or would not be likely to have, the effect of...

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Discussion paper

01 May 2017

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This Discussion Paper looks at the shifting media landscapes in four Melanesian countries in 2015 — Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu. It charts and links the key developments, and considers their potentially wide-ranging impacts on policy,...