Our News in Australia: diversity and localism package was produced as a part of our broader 2019–20 work program exploring Australia’s news environment. It includes:
- a paper outlining a potential framework for measuring diversity and localism in news
- a review of literature and research
- qualitative research that explores consumer behaviour and attitudes
- an overview of international regulatory approaches.
Our news environment has changed significantly in recent years, with Australians now accessing a variety of sources of news online and offline.
Supporting local news and diversity in Australia’s news are important objectives – reflected in our regulatory framework – which underpin our democracy and community connections. This work program supports and informs discussion on news diversity and localism.
Note: This research was completed by March 2020, with publication delayed due to a shift in priorities resulting from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Our related research on commercial influence and impartiality in broadcast news was published in January 2020.