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News Corp trades public influence for insider power. But is that a business model?

News Corp's readership now more closely resembles a political party’s base than it does actual news-seekers. Great for subscriptions. Not so much for public influence.

Rupert Murdoch (Image: AAP/Dan Himbrechts)

Let's be fair: news media closures are not solely a Murdoch disease

News Corp's decision to dismantle is regional newspaper business will have devastating consequences. But it's not as though Rupert is the first media mogul to cut and run.

Rupert Murdoch

Dark day for journalism as Murdoch's global empire sells democracy down the river

Today's News Corp cuts represent an enormous threat to Australian democracy ⁠— and a grim reminder of the power of a single family.

Carol Altmann (right), publisher of The Terrier (Image: Supplied)

Hope comes in the form of a local terrier

It's a dark time for regional media. But one small publisher has hope.

Deputy Prime Minister and Nationals Leader Michael McCormack (Image: AAP/Mick Tsikas)

Closures and cuts herald a black day in the bush. So where are the Nationals?

Regional media desperately needs more support from the Nationals, who have secured only limited funding compared to what's available for other regional services.

Energy Minister Angus Taylor speaks to the media. (Image: AAP/David Crosling)

What lies beneath must be resurfaced — or the media is not doing its job to expose power and corruption

When even good journalists fail to explore the financial and personal links between companies and policymakers, they allow a pervasive form of institutional corruption to flourish.

Minister for Home Affairs Peter Dutton (Image: AAP/Darren England)

Dutton opens door to new surveillance of journalists via foreign orders

The government is planning to give itself the power to override restrictions on accessing journalists' data as part of a deal with the United States to spy on each others' citizens.

Government to the rescue of old media. But is it just a pause in extinction?

The media dinosaurs are stomping their feet for government assistance. But will it be enough to save them from the COVID-19 meteor?

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'Team Australia' or watchdogs of the powerful? A struggling media can't decide

When the media become cheerleaders for measures that curb privacy, they undermine any defence against further government encroachments and fail the basic role of journalism: to hold the powerful to account.

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Turnbull, Rudd and others on the right must make a stand for Assange

The Wikileaks leader is threatened with a torturous 175-year sentence for practicing journalism. This needs a new level of opposition. If not now, when?