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Briefing paper

How Meta extorted Australia

This briefing highlights key details of whistleblower revelations about Facebook’s unprecedented tactical response to the development of Australia’s News Media Bargaining Code in February 2021, and the concurrent reforms that were made to the Code, all of which handed significant power to Facebook.
Report

The future of work in journalism

Information industries have lost some 60,000 jobs in Australia in the last 15 years, almost half during the COVID-19 pandemic. This research report highlights the need for active policy supports to stabilise the media industry and protect the public good function of quality journalism.
Report

Understanding the role that philanthropy can play in supporting public interest journalism and how to enable it

This report draws on a series of interviews conducted with approximately forty stakeholders from news media organisations and philanthropy to provide insights into the motivations and mechanisms that impact philanthropic giving to public interest journalism.
Report

Freedom of the press

Media stakeholders acknowledge the importance of Australiaʹs national security laws, but argue that press freedom is also essential to democracy. This inquiry report examines the current environment for press freedom in Australia.
Report

A review of proposals to provide news organisations with access to tax deductible gifts in Australia

This paper argues that there is evidence from overseas, and particularly the United States, to suggest that a not-for-profit news sector would increase media diversity and address market failure in commercially unviable practices like investigative journalism.
Journal article

Converging crises: public interest journalism, the pandemic and public health

Public interest journalism has faced a longstanding funding crisis, cutbacks of staff and resources, and closures of newsrooms. This crisis is a critical public health concern, and it has been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. At the same time, the pandemic has highlighted the important...
Report

More news is good news: the case against restricting broadcast journalism

In light of the issues presented by ACMA’s inquiry and the debate around news and the media more broadly, this report outlines the case against further regulation of broadcasting, as well as several recommendations on the way in which policy-makers can create a stronger news...
Commentary

The closure of AAP is yet another blow to public interest journalism in Australia

One of the saddest parts of the closure of AAP is the loss of fantastic training opportunities for young reporters starting out in journalism.
Report

Report on the use of targeted sanctions to protect journalists

This report recommends that governments, including signatories to the Global Pledge on Media Freedom, adopt targeted sanctions regimes to ensure that journalists, media professionals and others engaged in journalistic activities, can carry out their work without harassment, intimidation, false imprisonment or violent attack.
Discussion paper

Impartiality and commercial influence in broadcast news

Quality news is essential for effective participation in democracy and civil society. Ongoing disruption to the media environment has raised concerns over the integrity of news in both online and traditional news sources. This paper flags issues of impartiality and commercial influence as key areas...
Report

Funding the Australian Broadcasting Corporation

Funding for Australia’s primary national public broadcaster, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC), has been a contentious and complex issue for many years. This paper explores some of the debates about recent budget measures for the ABC, including efficiency measures and how these have been alternatively...
Report

Media policy and independent journalism in Greece

Today, Greece is the European Union member state where journalism and the media face their most acute crisis. This study identifies the urgent problems facing media policy in Greece and how they affect independent journalism.