Discussion paper

Start spreading the news: news sentiment and economic activity in Australia

In times of crisis, real-time indicators of economic activity are a critical input to timely and well-targeted policy responses. The authors of this paper have developed a ‘news sentiment index’ that measures the net balance of words expressing positive and negative sentiment used by journalists...
Policy report

The influence environment

This report is based on detailed research into 24 Chinese-language media organisations operating in Australia, analysis of their coverage of events, and investigations into the Chinese Communist Party's (CCP's) efforts to influence media in this country.
Survey

Community value of public interest journalism: October 2020

This survey report forms part of the Public Interest Journalism Initiative's ongoing work to understand how the community values public interest journalism, including surveys conducted at six-month intervals commencing from October 2019.
Briefing paper

Regulating misinformation: policy brief

Misinformation is now a top-level policy issue. This paper assesses the benefits and risks associated with the identification and regulation of news and information.
Report

Australian perspectives on misinformation

This report proposes common-sense media literacy techniques to help prevent the spread of misinformation, as well as a series of experimental steps to reach out to conspiracy believers.
Guide

Guidebook to implement and claim a public interest journalism tax rebate

This publication has been prepared as guidance for the design and introduction of a public interest journalism tax rebate scheme, intended to encourage investment in public interest journalism in Australia. This is in the context of clear problems with the sustainability of news media in...
Report

Tax concessions for public interest journalism

This report considers the case for tax concessions to encourage additional public interest journalism, and examines the potential application of the R&D model to the news media sector.
Interactive resource

Australian Newsroom Mapping Project

The Public Interest Journalism Initiative is documenting the changes in news production and availability around Australia, from media companies to mastheads, newsrooms and stations. The data being collected for this map is open for public use so that researchers, policy-makers and everybody with an interest...
Survey

Community value of public interest journalism: April 2020

This report forms part of PIJI’s ongoing work to understand how the community values public interest journalism, including surveys conducted at six-month intervals commencing from October 2019.
Survey

Community value of public interest journalism: October 2019

This is a report of results of a survey commissioned by the Public Interest Journalism Initiative from Essential Media.
Report

The nature of the editorial deficit

This project sought to shed light on the nature of the editorial deficit in different kinds of Australian newsrooms, and to gain insight into how editors and newsroom managers would deploy additional journalistic resources, should they become available.
Discussion paper

Tech-xit: can Australia survive without Google and Facebook?

In the wake of threats by Google and Facebook to scale back or close services in Australia should the federal government proceed with plans to charge them for news content, this report identifies serious risks to Australian businesses, government services and consumers if services are...
Report

American views 2020: trust, media and democracy

There is a widening gulf between American aspirations for and assessments of the news media. With each passing benchmark study, the American people render deeper and increasingly polarised judgments about the news media and how well it is fulfilling its role in American democracy.
Report

News and wellbeing: older generations and news consumption

This report examines the connection between information and news consumption and the wellbeing of 562 older Australians living in the national capital. It explores how their use and perceptions of news have changed over their lifetime and identifies some of the barriers and opportunities for...
Report

Who gets to tell Australian stories?

This report provides the first comprehensive picture of who tells, frames and produces stories in Australian television news and current affairs. It spotlights the experiences and representation of culturally diverse television news and current affairs staff. It is also the first forensic examination of how...
Report

Future News Pilot Fund: end of programme report

In 2019 Nesta was asked by the Department for Culture Media and Sport (DCMS) to design and deliver a £2 million Future News Pilot Fund (the Fund). The aim of the Fund was to identify and showcase innovation within public interest news, and test the...
Briefing paper

Q&As: Draft news media and digital platforms mandatory bargaining code

The ACCC has developed this draft mandatory code of conduct to address bargaining power imbalances between Australian news media businesses and each of Google and Facebook.
Fact sheet

Fact Check: Paul Fletcher says ABC funding is rising each year. Is he correct?

Federal Communications Minister, Paul Fletcher, says the ABC's funding is rising every year. Verdict: Mr Fletcher's claim is misleading.
Report

Political trust and democracy in times of coronavirus: is Australia still the lucky country?

Public trust as a political resource is particularly important in times of coronavirus. This report presents findings from a survey of a representative sample of 1059 Australians aged between 18 and 75 years. The survey was conducted between May and June 2020 in Australia, Italy...
Report

News and Australian teachers: how news media literacy is taught in the classroom

This research represents an attempt to better understand teachers’ current news media literacy practices, as one aspect of their broader digital media literacy education programs. The goal is to inform teachers, school leaders, educational systems and policy makers about the current state of play, from...