The Media for Democracy Monitor

Country Reports - Edition 2011

These are summarized results of the Media for Democracy Monitor – Edition 2011. Here it is possible to compare the performance of each country according to the several indicators, what can be done by filtering the results under “Filtering options”. You can also use the “Order of appearance” to indicate whether the results are to be sorted alphabetically by countries (default) or by points (highest and lowest). Finally, by clicking on “Full report”, you will see the detailed explanation of a certain country in that indicator. Please keep in mind that these excerpts and texts were extracted from the book “The Media for Democracy Monitor”, edited by Josef Trappel, Hannu Nieminen and Lars Nord (Nordicom, 2011). For the respective authorship, please refer to our Research Team.

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Results

Australia
(F1) Geographic distribution of news media availability
Due to Australia’s geography and population distribution, regional areas are less well served than the metropolitan centres, where all media are available.
Points: 2
Australia
(F2) Patterns of news media use (consumption of news)
The Australian citizen is well supplied with news from different sources.
Points: 3
Australia
(F3) Diversity of news sources
For Australians, as part of the English-speaking community, the Internet offers a wide array of news sources. Also the world-wide media network of News Corporation feeds the Australian market, whereas the public broadcaster has cut its commitment to foreign correspondents.
Points: 2
Australia
(F4) Internal rules for practice of newsroom democracy
There are no written rules for newsroom democracy in the Australian media.
Points: 1
Australia
(F5) Company rules against internal influence on newsroom/editorial staff
Media proprietors have long been dominant figures, also in newsroom decisions.
Points: 1
Australia
(F6) Company rules against external influence on newsroom/editorial staff
The strong position of Australian media proprietors protects the newsroom from external influence.
Points: 3
Australia
(F7) Procedures of news selection and news processing
Although no formal rules on how to select and process news exist, informal rules are followed in the news selection and processing.
Points: 1
Australia
(E1) Media ownership concentration national level
Australia has a high media ownership concentration on a national level, which is only slowly broken up by increased availability of media on the Internet.
Points: 1
Australia
(E2) Media ownership concentration regional (local) level
Australia’s demographic distribution and resulting economy of scale have led to a high media ownership concentration on a regional level.
Points: 1
Australia
(E3) Diversity of formats
Australia has sufficient news presentation formats of news and current affairs.
Points: 2