Mass media and technology


15 Feb 2019

The ACMA communications report 2017–18 highlights the striking pace of change in the Australian communications and media landscape. The public's ever-increasing appetite for content and services has driven unprecedented developments over the last four years.


11 Oct 2017

There is growing concern about the impact of artificial intelligence on the global media landscape.

Audio presentation

1 May 2017

Newspapers have not fared well under the onslaught of technological innovation. Cuts in newsrooms continue around the world and go hand in hand with the rise of clickbait and social media becoming the major platforms of news delivery.

Is there any way of ensuring...


28 Feb 2017

This report looks at how news organisations are creating innovative editorial formats and seeking commercial opportunities ‘beyond the article’. The report and analysis are based primarily on case studies discussed in interviews conducted between December 2016 and January 2017 with startup founders, senior editorial leaders,...



21 Oct 2016

A stray social media post that cracked open a child abuse scandal brewing in England and Australia for half a century. A Facebook group in the middle of a deadly flood, helping families and the media identify lost loved ones. Asylum seekers washed up on...

Briefing paper

20 Oct 2016

This paper seeks to provide some initial guidance as to what countering violent extremism (CVE) is and what it means for the media development sector, its donors and other organizations that work with media developers.

Media consultant, former journalist and academic, Michelle Betz, argues...


17 Oct 2016

This report by the Bureau of Communications Research provides an overview of the communications sector’s impact and influence as a critical enabler of economic and social activity in Australia.

The report discusses three main developments that are affecting the sector, including the merging of...


12 Oct 2016

This report breaks down the Islamic State’s media activities through a two-fold approach. First, it examines a small number of declassified documents captured from the group’s predecessors to provide a baseline understanding its present-day media structure and operations. Second, through an examination of over 9,000...


6 Oct 2016

How are legacy news organisations dealing with the business of digital news? How are they addressing recent developments such as the rise of social media, the move from desktop internet to an increasingly mobile web, and the growing importance of online video?

This report...



6 Sep 2016

New research on the business models of Fairfax and APN from 2004 to 2013 confirms the two companies have failed to transform their revenue structures from print to digital. However, Fairfax CEO, Greg Hywood, argues that the company’s 2016 full year result is “proof that...


29 Jun 2016

The Inquiry, launched in November 2015, has focused on the purposes of television in an era characterised by technological transformations, shifts in audience consumption habits, and changes in cultural and political attitudes. The report reflects on the extent to which the UK’s most popular television...


23 Jun 2016

As media ecosystems in West Africa diversify and open after decades of state control, innovative and independent journalism is advancing government transparency and accountability. New opportunities for funders are opening in tandem, with potential for both social and economic impact.

Supported by the Omidyar...

Journal article

10 May 2016

News and information assist citizens and communities to participate in democratic processes, develop a sense of connectedness and attachment to New Zealand, solve problems, coordinate activities and establish systems of public accountability. In the digital age, news quality and access, and citizen engagement in democratic...


4 May 2016

Evolution of the media and how news is consumed in Australia has prompted reforms to media ownership laws. Current laws focus on traditional sources of news and fail to accommodate for the instantaneous and unregulated nature of the Internet. Reform has been encouraged to allow...


30 Apr 2016

Martin Moore, Senior Research Fellow at King's College London, examines the new and growing phenomenon of global tech giants, their increasing civic power, and what this means for democracies. The study aims to open debate about the role of the tech giants – notably Google,...


22 Feb 2016

News organisations are increasingly embracing the use of analytics and metrics as part of editorial decision making, but what constitutes a sophisticated analytics strategy? And why are so many media organisations still using such a rudimentary approach to analytics?

This new report by the...


20 Jan 2016

The Digital Media and Society report is a main output of The World Economic Forum’s The Shaping the Future implications of Digital Media for Society project. The report explores our changing relationship with media, entertainment, and information, due to digitization and the implications this has...

Data portal

7 Jan 2016

The Bureau of Communications Research is helping to make communications sector research easier to digest through its collection of visualisations in the new Data Lab.

The Data Lab brings together facts and figures on the communications sector. Users can find, compare and share the...


8 Jul 2015

In common with other industrialised countries, the radio industry in Australia is in the midst of a significant transformation. Traditional analogue radio services, broadcasting on AM and FM frequencies, remain popular and continue to attract substantial audiences and revenue. However, the analogue platform is very...


27 Mar 2015

Nearly all adult Australians now go online, and we’re getting digital in a range of ways—from social and work interactions to business transactions and shopping, according to new ACMA research. Australians’ digital lives, the first of two complementary reports in the ACMA Communications report 2013–14...



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