Australia’s regional news outlets are dying a not-so-slow death, and COVID-19 has accelerated their decline.
The majority of country press audiences prefer to read their local paper in print than online. In fact, many said they would stop reading their papers if they went digital only.
With regional news outlets long in decline, people have been increasingly turning to social media for information. Facebook’s news ban places that under threat.
Independent community publishers are helping to restore trust in journalism - but they need support.
Broadcaster’s move could transform the creative industries in long-neglected parts of the UK.
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.
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.
The federal government has announced a package to help regional media through the coronavirus crisis. But our national broadcasters have not been so lucky.
The latest proposals to amend the ABC Charter raise questions about media law reform. To be effective and sustainable, it needs to be strategic, not ad hoc and politicised.
Before media reform becomes a runaway train, we need to return to the drawing board and rethink the maps that define and guide broadcasters on reporting news for “local areas”.
if anything, media concentration is worsening and diversity won’t be improved by changing Australia’s media ownership laws.