Project engagement

The research team has appeared in more than 100 news stories across regional Australia about the future of local newspapers in 2019-2020, including ABC, Crikey, The Financial Review and The Conversation.


May 2019: The research team is invited to academia roundtable with representatives of the Department of Communications and the Arts Communications to discuss the future of news and public interest journalism.


September 2019: The research team presents their innovations model for local news at the Future of Journalism conference in Cardiff, Wales.

September 2019: Associate Professor Kristy Hess is an invited fellow to Karlstad University, Sweden and OsloMet University, Norway to discuss research on local and digital journalism.


October 2019: The research team are invited to an academic workshop with the Australian Communication and Media Authority to discuss measuring the availability of local news.


November 2019: Deakin University and Country Press Australia are represented at a symposium hosted by the Minister for Communications, Cyber Safety and the Arts to discuss on the choice and quality of news and journalism in Wagga, New South Wales.

June 2020: The research team and the Country Press Australia produce submissions to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s concepts paper and draft new mandatory code to address bargaining power imbalances between Australia’s news media businesses and Google and Facebook. See attached: 


November 2020: The team was invited to author a policy briefing paper on the future of local news for the Alfred Deakin Institute. See attached: ​

November 2020: The research team launches Australia's first national survey on local news innovation, receiving more than 4000 responses. 

December 2020: The research team forwards a submission to the Senate Inquiry into media diversity, independence and reliability in Australia. See attached:

December 2020: The research team hosts a local news innovation panel at the JERAA (Journalism Education and Research Association of Australia) conference.

February 2021: The research team forwards a progress report, including preliminary findings of its national local-news innovation survey, to project partner Country Press Australia. See attached: 


May 2021: National survey report on Australian local news audiences is launched. See attached: 


September 2021: Lisa Waller and Kristy Hess presented at the Future of Journalism conference


September 2021: PhD student Alison McAdam Presented at the Australian Media Traditions conference on the history of local news and its relationship sustainability.


October 2021: The team were invited to present as witnesses at the Senate Inquiry into Media Diversity.

November 2021: Kristy Hess appeared as an expert panellist for a global workshop on local media policy, hosted by the Tow Centre for Digital Journalism, University of Columbia. View here.  

December 2021: National survey report on Australian non-local news readers is launched. See attached:



January 2022: The research team forwards a submission to the Senate Inquiry into the provision of newspapers (Print and Digital) in regional and remote Australia. 

March 2022: The team was invited to present at the Walkley Foundation regional journalism summit, Tamworth (held virtually due to COVID). Our topic was: "Understanding local media audiences: Findings from a national survey".