The Public Interest Journalism Fund became a lightning rod for disinformation well before Winston Peters likened it to ‘bribery’. Policy making has already been compromised as a result.
A calm voice, a trusted expert, devoted teacher. Epidemiologist Professor Mary-Louise McLaws was passionate about engaging with the mainstream media and communicating what she knew.
Several measures need to be put in place to track the code’s effectiveness in protecting news outlets and the public interest.
Contrary to what some think, US public broadcasters are well-funded. Public radio stations bring in US$1.3 billion in annual revenue – most of it generated from their audience.
Ofcom’s duty is to regulate broadcasting on behalf of UK citizens. That appears to be under threat, both from internal forces and potentially from its next chair.
Most of the attention on the code has been on the larger media outlets. But the sustainability of small publishers is what should be of most concern.
Some recent positive developments are beginning to suggest that public interest journalism may once again be viable.
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 is worried publishers may charge as much as they want for their content. But we believe parameters can be set based on the value Australians put on public interest journalism.
‘Suck it and see’ or face a digital tax, former ACCC boss Allan Fels warns Google and Facebook.
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Tech giants don't like Australia's plan to force Google and Facebook to pay for news, to fund public interest journalism. But the government may well respond with a digital tax, says Allan Fels.
Small newspapers and new start-ups face significant barriers to receiving government grant money and a share of ad revenue from Google and Facebook, making their survival less than assured.
Over the course of the campaign, nearly 20,000 of you made donations. We couldn’t be more thankful.
The media have mad a significant contribution to the current crisis of democracy - now, they must play a vital role in any democratic revival.
According to the Australian Newsroom Mapping Project, there have been 200 contractions of news operations since March. But ‘news deserts’ were a growing problem long before coronavirus.
Journalism has been freed to rethink what serving the public interest actually means. At The Conversation we have given this a lot of thought.
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Journalism in Australia has long relied on the AAP, without giving it credit.
AAP has struggled in recent years as newspapers and radio and television stations have sought to cut costs. Its influence in Australian history, however, will not soon be forgotten.
Media Files: ACCC seeks to clip wings of tech giants like Facebook and Google but international effort is required.
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In Dickens' era, international copyright law developed from a worldwide effort to deal with a global problem. Is it time to tackle tech giants the same way? A journalist and a media owner explain.
Strong public interest journalism needs champions like never before. The Conversation’s editor Misha Ketchell explains why.