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Australian federal police entering the Australian Broadcast Company headquarters on June 5, 2019. A.B.C. screenshot from videotape

Investigating the investigative reporters: Bad news from Down Under

An American media scholar studying in Australia looks at the protections offered by the two countries for investigative reporting, raising crucial questions about journalism's role in democracy.
Australian Community Media’s mastheads include The Canberra Times, The Newcastle Herald, The Border Mail (in Albury), The Illawarra Mercury (in Wollongong), The Ballarat Courier, The Examiner (in Launceston) and the Bendigo Advertiser. Shutterstock

After a dark decade for Australia’s regional newspapers, a hopeful light flickers

The sale of Australian Community Media may signal better fortunes for regional publishing. But there are ongoing concerns about the viability of the local news business model.
Newcastle, Australia’s second-biggest non-capital city. Research confirms just how important a local newspaper is to a local community. Darren Pateman/AAP

What a local newspaper means to a regional city like Newcastle

Being sold off is the best news the staff and readers of the Newcastle Herald have had for a long time.
Julian Assange goes back to court in London on May 2. Reuters/Hannah Mckay

Is the Assange indictment a threat to the First Amendment?

The US indicted WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange for conspiring to hack into a government computer. But the prosecution of Assange may also pose a risk to the rights of journalists in the US.
An infusion of resources into local news outlets in Thunder Bay may help communities contend with recent reports of systemic racism against Indigenous communities. Shutterstock

Thunder Bay: Local news is important for conversations on reconciliation

Thunder Bay has received national press for its historically inequitable relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous populations. Local journalism could help the city face those challenges.
Kristinn Hrafnsson, editor in chief of WikiLeaks, and barrister Jennifer Robinson talk to the media after Julian Assange’s arrest in London. REUTERS/Hannah McKay

Journalism’s Assange problem

It's dangerous for the press to take up Julian Assange's cause, two journalism scholars write. Assange is no journalist, they say, and making him out to be one is likely to damage press freedoms.

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