• The government, rather than Google, could subsidise good journalism

    Richard Holden     |      September 27, 2020

    Google and Facebook could soon be forced to pay local commercial media organisations for sharing their content on digital platforms. Making these massive digital platforms pay Australian news publishers might be good politics, but it is odd economics.

  • Actions speak louder than words

    Michael Shoebridge     |      September 7, 2020

    The detention of Australian journalist Cheng Lei gives lie to Chinese President Xi’s supposed ‘reform and opening up’ agenda.

  • Could the new ‘tech tax’ save journalism?

    Open Forum     |      August 25, 2020

    Australia could be the first country to support journalism by diverting profits from Facebook and Google using competition law.

  • Holding politicians to account

    Stephanie Brookes     |      May 31, 2020

    As the pandemic deepens the long-term financial woes of the news media in both Australia and the United States, it has also proved a timely reminder of the vital work of political journalism in democracies:

  • In praise of democracy’s detectives

    Bill Birnbauer     |      September 24, 2019

    The news for journalism in the past decade has been decidedly glum but investigative journalism – the highest form of the craft – is actually in a healthy state.

  • Defining the power of public interest journalism

    Jay Daniel Thompson     |      June 16, 2019

    The recent police raids on Australian journalists are a cause of concern for many, but they also highlight the far-reaching impact of public interest journalism.

  • How ‘access journalism’ undermines real investigations

    Peter Manning     |      January 22, 2019

    An allegation is not necessarily a story, nor is a “link to something” automatically evidence. There needs to be larger conversation about what constitutes proper public evidence, proper reliable sources and transparency

  • Journalism, international affairs and the new information order

    Graeme Dobell     |      September 30, 2018

    The world still needs good journalism but the gatekeeping role which journalists and editors once played is in ruins.

  • Wanted: a trustworthy keeper of the truth

    Shaun Carney     |      May 21, 2018

    In this era of ‘fake news’, social media memes and declining budgets for traditional news sources, is there anyone left to act as a guardian of the truth in the reporting of contentious issues or current events?