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Anyone can be a reporter for hyperlocal news. Roger H. Goun

As traditional media falters, hyperlocal news is on the up

As an example of mass participatory journalism, where the voices of ordinary citizens are heard as much as public officials or PR professionals, the UK’s hyperlocal news network is second to none. Regional…
Free to go: Rebekah Brooks. Dominic Lipinski/PA

Hacking trial: Brooks cleared, Coulson guilty on one charge

Andy Coulson, the former editor of the News of the World newspaper who rose to be David Cameron’s head of communications, has been found guilty of conspiracy to hack mobile phones. His former colleague…
No wonder Nigel’s smiling - it’s all about him! Chris Radburn/PA Wire

Newspapers’ EU election coverage misses the mark

The European Parliament elections are just a few days away. And yet, the overwhelming focus of election coverage in UK newspapers has not been about European issues and policy debates, but on Nigel Farage’s…
If Kiama residents want to know what’s happening in their town, the local newspaper is generally the only place they’ll be able to read about it. Gavin Anderson/Flickr

Without local papers, regional voices would struggle to be heard

After residents in the NSW coastal town of Kiama woke to the sound of emergency sirens earlier this week, chances are they grabbed a copy of the local newspaper, the Independent, to find out about the…
Rural and regional newspapers are training grounds for young journalists – and they tell the stories that really affect local communities. AAP Image/Alan Porritt

The news we lose when we cut local newspapers

I remember the day I started work at what was then The Imlay Magnet in Eden. It was 1991 and I had taken the job straight out of my journalism degree at the Canberra College of Advanced Education (now…
Street posters advertising the The Saturday Paper in Sydney’s St Peters. Zoe Sadokierski

Why The Saturday Paper’s design breeds disappointment

Morry Schwartz, publisher of The Monthly and Quarterly Essay, launched The Saturday Paper on March 1 2014 – the same weekend Fairfax Media downsized its weekend broadsheets to “more compact” sizes. Launching…
Local news isn’t old anymore. @Doug88888

Mobile technology is leading the way in hyperlocal news

Access to independent information about what is going on locally is essential to a healthy democracy and vibrant community. News, views and information are the life-blood of engagement and action. For…
DIdn’t see that coming: within a decade of opening, Fairfax’s $220 million Tullamarine printing plant was on the market, driven by falling print newspaper sales. AAP/Julian Smith

Hard times in the news game, but don’t write off the old players

After more than a century of a “life of plenty” with its lion’s share of a seemingly ever-growing advertising market, newspapers have fallen on hard times. The turmoil in the news media is not confined…
The Saturday Paper will be the first new print paper in several decades, and editor Erik Jensen hopes to find a profitable niche in an industry that is quickly shedding circulation and staff. Phil Gyford

In Conversation with Erik Jensen: “We’re a niche product with mass market aspirations”

Businessman and publisher Morry Schwartz’s decision to appoint a 25-year-old, relatively unknown journalist to edit the first serious newspaper launched in Australia in more than four decades might be…
Can you handle the digital revolution? www.shutterstock.com

Digital labs are re-inventing journalism on the run

It was something of a moment in the evolution of news in this country. Last week, while we were still digesting the revelation that The Independent, which had been acquired by its current owner for just…
Think the writing’s on the wall for mainstream media? Think again. paulcapewell

Old players, new barons: the year in news media

Much commentary about the news media foresees the disintegration and dissolution of the mainstream monoliths – both TV networks and mass-circulation newspapers – which dominated the public sphere in the…
Good circulation: newspapers are in better health than expected. Rui Vieira/PA

We should be optimistic about the future of British news

At first glance, the British news industry looks to be in trouble. With editors in the dock, a fraught new system of regulation, and declining newspaper circulation, it’s easy to panic about the trajectory…
Fairfax journalists strike in Melbourne in 2012. Around 15% of the Australian journalist workforce was made redundant last year. AAP Image/Julian Smith)

New beats: where do redundant journalists go?

You’ve probably heard the news: the Australian media is experiencing the most serious contraction in its history. The rise of online and mobile media has led to the collapse of the classified advertising…
Journalists break and analyse news using a variety of media, as they should. clasesdeperiodismo

Walkley Awards recognise online journalism – it’s time we all did

The winners of this year’s Walkley Awards for Excellence in Journalism will be announced in Brisbane tonight. For the first time, the 2013 awards include prizes for Multimedia Storytelling and Podcast…
Jeff Bezos: can he save journalism? Stephen Brashear/AP/Press Association Images

Pin your hopes on the next generation to fix news media

When representatives of the British newspaper industry were defending their freedoms from the modest changes to press regulation proposed by Lord Justice Leveson, they compared the UK with Zimbabwe, Iran…
Isolated, pigeonholed, marginalised: women in the UK press. Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Hard evidence: is there still a gender bias in journalism?

EDITOR’S NOTE: A correction was made to this article after publication. It was claimed that there were no female political correspondents at the Daily Mail. There were, in fact, three political correspondents…

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