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Local newspapers and coronavirus: conceptualising connections, comparisons and cures

Hess, Kristy and Waller, Lisa Jane 2020, Local newspapers and coronavirus: conceptualising connections, comparisons and cures, Media International Australia, pp. 1-15, doi: 10.1177/1329878X20956455.

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Title Local newspapers and coronavirus: conceptualising connections, comparisons and cures
Author(s) Hess, KristyORCID iD for Hess, Kristy orcid.org/0000-0003-3027-7492
Waller, Lisa Jane
Journal name Media International Australia
Start page 1
End page 15
Total pages 15
Publisher Sage
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2020
ISSN 1329-878X
2200-467X
Summary Within weeks of the nation-wide COVID-19 shutdown, more than 200 regional and community newspapers across Australia announced they could no longer keep their presses running due to the unprecedented crisis. A drain in advertising spend, a broken business model and the refusal of digital behemoths to pay for content were blamed for their collapse, ironically as audiences’ demand for credible news and information soared across the globe. There is no doubt the COVID-19 crisis has widened existing, deep cracks in the news media industry. In response this article sets out to explore possible solutions and strategies for local newspapers in the post-pandemic media landscape. We take an analogical approach to argue some of the issues that emerged during COVID-19 and strategies used to fight the global health pandemic also present valuable lessons for the preservation of public interest journalism and news at the local level. We conceptualise five coronavirus-related themes that resonate with a much-needed innovations agenda for local newspapers in Australia: (1) support for essential services, (2) warnings of complacency against an evolving biological threat, (3) appreciating the power of the social (4) coordinated government/policy responses and (5) ‘we are all in this together’.
Notes OnlineFirst Article
Language eng
DOI 10.1177/1329878X20956455
Indigenous content off
Field of Research 16 Studies in Human Society
19 Studies in Creative Arts and Writing
20 Language, Communication and Culture
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Free to Read? Yes
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30143081

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