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Are there news gaps in rural/regional Australia? Researching media plurality beyond Finkelstein

Waller, Lisa, Hess, Kristy and Ricketson, Matthew 2014, Are there news gaps in rural/regional Australia? Researching media plurality beyond Finkelstein, Australian journalism review, vol. 36, no. 2, pp. 157-169.

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Title Are there news gaps in rural/regional Australia? Researching media plurality beyond Finkelstein
Author(s) Waller, LisaORCID iD for Waller, Lisa orcid.org/0000-0002-2689-8010
Hess, Kristy
Ricketson, Matthew
Journal name Australian journalism review
Volume number 36
Issue number 2
Start page 157
End page 169
Total pages 13
Publisher Journalism Education and Research Association of Australia
Place of publication Adelaide, S.Aust.
Publication date 2014-12-17
ISSN 0810-2686
Keyword(s) media plurality
regional journalism
news gaps in Australia
Summary Rural/regional news is emerging as a vital area of media policy and research throughout the world as industry bodies, governments and academics grapple with debates concerning the future of news in a complex digital world. However, there has been little examination of media plurality at the rural/regional level, or research into the sustainability of the sector in Australia. Such concerns go to questions of what roles industry and government might play in ensuring its future. The Finkelstein report in 2012 noted that many rural/regional newspapers in Australia had limited resources and consequently low capacity for in-depth coverage of local issues. In the meantime, the funding model of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (which services rural/regional areas as part of its charter) has come under intense scrutiny by the federal Liberal-National Party coalition government. Signs from abroad – especially from the United Kingdom – are troubling. Several independent inquiries have called for policy initiatives to address what British scholars describe as the growing “democratic deficit” created by the closure of hundreds of local UK newspapers since 2004. This paper canvasses current and emerging media policy settings in the UK, the United States and Australia before posing some broader questions on the future of rural/regional news in Australia.
Language eng
Field of Research 190301 Journalism Studies
Socio Economic Objective 950204 The Media
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2014, Journalism Education and Research Association of Australia
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