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.
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.
Being sold off is the best news the staff and readers of the Newcastle Herald have had for a long time.
The Competition and Consumer Commission is worried about the ability of the platforms we use to determine the news we read.
Australia might become the first country in the world to submit Google and Facebook’s algorithms to a public interest test.
A merger between Nine and Fairfax was announced in July this year.
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What does the Nine Fairfax merger mean for diversity and quality journalism?
Eric Beecher of Private Media, Stephen Mayne of the Mayne Report and ABC finance presenter Alan Kohler join Andrew Dodd and Andrea Carson to discuss what the Nine Fairfax merger means for quality journalism.
The Sydney Morning Herald’s Kate McClymont is one of Australia’s leading investigative journalists. Under the Fairfax-Nine merger, how well will work like hers be supported?
Fairfax Media has a long and highly successful history in investigative journalism, which may be at risk if the company merges with the Nine Network.
Only the competition regulator stands in the way of further media concentration in Australia, but few expect the first of probably a number of mergers to be blocked.
Australian media ownership is already among the most concentrated in the world, but if the competition regulator approves the Nine-Fairfax deal, expect the race for survival to produce more mergers.
Michelle Grattan speaks with Nicholas Klomp about the week in politics.
Frank and Kerry Packer would be pretty happy to see the company they founded on the cusp of swallowing Fairfax.
Two companies with very different histories and cultures will now be forced to work together in search of efficiencies and revenue in a brutal media landscape.
There is a huge question mark over the future editorial quality of the newspapers after the merger.
The merger signals the death of Fairfax, and is the most consequential change in Australian media ownership in 31 years.
Former senators Scott Ludlam, Nick Xenophon and Sam Dastyari announce the public interest journalism inquiry in May 2017.
The recommendations of the Senate inquiry into the future of public interest journalism are unlikely to get much traction, but the very real issues it was investigating remain unresolved.
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.
Staff from The Age protest Fairfax Media cuts in May.
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Imposing local content levies on Facebook and Google to help fund public interest journalism would take Australia towards a more European model of media regulation.
Culture depends on the conversations between artists and critics, audiences and researchers.
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Fairfax’s plans to reduce arts coverage as part of 125 jobs to go put Australia’s cultural enterprise in jeopardy.
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.
Fairfax Media journalists are on a week-long strike in response to the company’s latest round of staff cuts.
Imagine, for a moment, if there were no independent journalists left to decipher PR spin.
While there are legitimate grounds for critique of Section 18C, David Leyonhjelm’s ‘test’ case is not the ideal candidate.
David Leyonhjelm’s complaint over being called an ‘angry white male’ could showcase the difficulty in launching a successful action under Section 18C and undermine an argument in support of repeal.
Chinese propaganda arms are offering tempting commercial arrangements.
There has been an odd silence around commercial deals struck between Australian media outlets and China’s propaganda arms.
Fairfax’s print newspapers take different approaches to locking up content.
The AFR has one of the hardest paywalls in the business, but the evidence shows this strategy could prove difficult to maintain.
Quarterly circulation figures have not been good news for publishers, but Fairfax in particular has suffered.
Fairfax’s circulation figures fall as staff are made redundant.