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Public interest reporting is often equated with watchdog or investigative reporting. But it can include other factual stories that serve the public interest. Shutterstock

Explainer: what is public interest journalism?

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. AAP/Mick Tsikas

Why media reform in Australia has been so hard to achieve

The Australian media policy omelette cannot simply be unscrambled. But forward-thinking diversity rules could help prevent further concentration of media ownership.
With every round of redundancies, significant questions arise around the long-term viability of mainstream news media in Australia. AAP/David Moir

Life after redundancy: what happens next for journalists when they leave newsrooms

There is lingering anger among journalists made redundant that expertise and experience seem to have become disposable assets in newsrooms.
Is Rupert Murdoch’s influence on the Australian political landscape what it used to be? AAP/Paul Miller

Cheerleaders of the press don’t win elections like they used to

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.
The FFA should pay more attention to recent history, rather than reacting to external forces with dubious intentions. AAP/Dan Himbrechts

The ‘new football’ should stop engaging in ‘old soccer’ debates

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.

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