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Australia – (F7) Procedures of news selection and news processing

Score in short:

Although no formal rules on how to select and process news exist, informal rules are followed in the news selection and processing.

Score in detail:

All interviewees mentioned the importance of the daily news conferences – two per day in the print media and one in the broadcast media. Some emphasized that there is a degree of transparency in that visitors can sit in on these conferences. However, the ABC as well as one of the national newspapers has to meet considerable logistics in putting together news bulletins or a paper for a country of the size of Australia, which covers several time-zones. While each state or territory nominates their top stories, the decision as to which of these is of prime importance has to be made centrally, with national, rather than local, news values in mind.