This paper brings together three strands of work, each conducted as independent inquiries and able to be consumed as separate elements.
These three strands comprise: a review of some key texts in the literature and collation of resources on the state of news in regional Australia; an initial opinion survey of regional news consumers’ attitudes to media; and a brief case study-based review of local and regional news media innovation in other countries.
None of these works is an end point in investigation. Rather, they have informed this paper and point to the need for further work. Planning is, for instance, already well advanced for a survey of regional editors and publishers to complement the consumers’ survey.