New analysis shows the Australian media focused on providing accurate information in the early months of the pandemic. But as it dragged on, media output became messier.
Although media outlets are including Indigenous voices in their reporting, some continue to exclude Indigenous authors, perspectives, and cultural contexts.
The media have great power in shaping our ideas of people, places and ideas that are beyond our experience. And some need to get much better at how they treat women.
Local newspapers are a key part of the ecology of journalism.
The internet of 2021 is not the open public sphere that early visionaries had imagined.
Facebook recently removed Australian news stories from its site. If Ottawa follows Australia’s lead, Facebook might do the same in Canada.
There have been regular calls and inquiries into media ownership in Australia. But despite the howls of outrage, there has bene little political appetite to do anything about it.
Research shows Google News results often prioritise mainstream media over smaller news businesses. It’s a double-edged sword. While local outlets suffer, it’s actually better for readers.
The Public Interest Journalism Initiative is proposing a new scheme that would allow news media organisations to claim tax refunds for producing ‘core news’ content. This is how it would work.
Facebook and Google’s publicity campaigns against Australia’s new media regulations show they’re worried other countries will follow suit.
The national broadcaster has announced more cuts to its services, including 250 job losses and the axing of the major 7:45am news bulletin. It is the latest in a long line of blows to the ABC.
The media have mad a significant contribution to the current crisis of democracy - now, they must play a vital role in any democratic revival.
Research by the UTS Centre for Media Transition suggests it will be hard for digital-only local newspapers to match what local print editions gave their communities.
News Corp’s announcement it will stop printing 100 suburban and community newspapers is another blow for regional Australia and the the media landscape more broadly.
New research reveals Australians are feeling overwhelmed and anxious about coronavirus news, with younger people particularly worried about its effects.
The ways the media cover health and medical issues can have a direct impact on people’s behaviour. New research shows the quality of health reporting declined as media companies contracted.
Now more than ever, the media should inform, not inflame.
The usual pretence that right-wing commentators are on the side of their audience falls away in times of crisis. They are on the side of business - particularly their own.
It is the stories that are entertaining rather than informative that are most likely to add to the panic, and media outlets need to be careful about what they publish.
Given the summer we have had, media acquiescence in climate change denial, and failure to follow the weight of scientific evidence, looks like culpability.