News Corp drops out of newspaper audits. News Corp has withdrawn its newspapers from measuring by the Audited Media Association of Australia, in favour of the EMMA metric set up by the newspaper groups in 2013. The latter measures readership including digital readers, whereas the former directly measures the number of newspaper printed and sold. In a story/press release in today's The Australian, executive chairman Michael Miller said advertisers were more interested a total audience number across all platforms, rather than the number of newspapers sold. Fairfax is understood to be considering its position.
Govt seeks new gag laws. The Australian government's proposed new secrecy laws could result in up to 20 years jail for journalists and whistleblowers. The reforms, introduced to parliament on Thursday, include changes to secrecy laws that BuzzFeed's Paul Farrell reports go further than had been expected: