The Australian media’s lack of diversity puts significant strain on our democracy.
News Corp on the right, Fairfax on the left. This division has a long history in Australia, to the detriment of quality journalism and public debate.
Public interest reporting is often equated with watchdog or investigative reporting. But it can include other factual stories that serve the public interest.
Public interest journalism exposes corruption and wrongdoers, and holds the powerful to account. But it is increasingly under threat, and we need to find ways to protect it.
Mitch Fifield recently announced the Turnbull government would once again attempt to tackle media reform.
The Australian media policy omelette cannot simply be unscrambled. But forward-thinking diversity rules could help prevent further concentration of media ownership.
Striking Fairfax journalists protest out the front of Parliament House, Canberra.
As the federal government looks to reform media ownership laws, the Australian media environment – in diversity and stability – is looking decidedly shaky.
With every round of redundancies, significant questions arise around the long-term viability of mainstream news media in Australia.
There is lingering anger among journalists made redundant that expertise and experience seem to have become disposable assets in newsrooms.
Both News Corp and Fairfax get a decent profit from their digital real estate services.
Media companies say their results are an indicator of a transformation taking place from traditional business to newer profitable digital platforms, but it seems the proof is still missing.
Research in the humanities has come under attack from the Daily Telegraph in recent days.
The decision to refuse the ARC and academic researchers a right of reply appears to be a straightforward breach of the News Corp Australia code of conduct.
Is Rupert Murdoch’s influence on the Australian political landscape what it used to be?
Given newspapers' continued role as the main provider of new news every day, and the amplifying effect of social media, their potential to influence the body politic remains substantial.
As an eight-week election campaign stretches out ahead of us like a trackless desert, it might be useful to take a bearing on where the prime minister stands in relation to the conservative side of the…
Some have criticised the government’s fresh attempt at media reform as benefiting big media companies such as News Corp.
If the word “reform” implies genuine public benefit, then real reform has been in short supply for all of the 106 years of electronic media regulation in Australia.
The stream of digital content shows no signs of slowing down.
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Whoever pulls together the best sales plan and a solid national footprint, will be most likely to do well at the forthcoming auctions.
Media owners are likely to be the biggest beneficiaries of changes announced by Communications Minister Mitch Fifield on Tuesday.
Mitch Fifield has announced a shake-up of Australia’s media ownership laws. What rules are being scrapped? And what effect might their axing have on Australia’s media sector?
Mitch Fifield seems to have herded enough fractious media cats into the cage to get his media reform package through.
The fact that Communications Minister Mitch Fifield has got a package of changes to Australia's media laws this far is remarkable considering the ill-fated recent history of attempts at media reform.
Domain and REA are going head to head, but what if one reinvented the game?
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Fairfax's Domain is closing the gap on its rival REA, in a game where there's usually one winner.
Have the darkest days passed for Fairfax Media?
Half year results for Fairfax Media suggest the company's digital strategy is taking shape.
Fairfax chief Greg Hywood has an ‘intense focus on cost reduction’.
The transition from print to digital will not be painless at Fairfax, or its global peers.
The FFA should pay more attention to recent history, rather than reacting to external forces with dubious intentions.
No-one seriously believes that football – followed by so many, and accepted as legitimate by most of the community – could be killed off in Australia by a handful of media mouthpieces.
Keith Murdoch (right) with Prime Minister Billy Hughes during the first world war.
Tom D.C. Roberts has crafted a book full of remarkable insights into a central figure in Australian corporate and political history, a figure hitherto enveloped in family mythology: Keith Murdoch.
After barely two weeks in office, the direction the Turnbull government is likely to take on climate is beginning to emerge. Remembering that Malcolm Turnbull would not have had the numbers for a spill…
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It might be thought a tad ironic that Tony Abbott, having benefited so much from the cheerleading of the News Corp tabloids in his rise to the prime ministership, should now appear to blame the “febrile…