Re­gional & com­mu­ni­ties

Re­gional and com­mu­nity news­pa­pers play an im­por­tant role in so­ci­ety.

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Re­search shows that read­ers rely on re­gional and com­mu­nity news­pa­pers to keep them in­formed of lo­cal news, which is par­tic­u­larly im­por­tant dur­ing bush­fire sea­son.

Lo­cal news­pa­pers have built their value in keep­ing their com­mu­nity up to date, re­port­ing on a range of top­ics from coun­cil de­ci­sions, school events, the open­ing of new shops and busi­nesses, and lo­cal crime.

Through a mix of so­cial, dig­i­tal and print me­dia, they have be­come a fo­cal point for real-time pub­lic in­for­ma­tion, es­pe­cial­lly when there is a lo­cal emer­gency sit­u­a­tion fac­ing the com­mu­nity, such as a bush­fire.

Com­mu­nity news­pa­pers connect and en­able read­ers. They keep fam­i­lies in­formed of lo­cal ac­tiv­i­ties and ser­vices, and are a source for dis­cov­er­ing achieve­ment and build­ing pride in a com­mu­nity.

That’s why 7.3 mil­lion Aus­tralians say that lo­cal news­pa­pers are their main source of in­for­ma­tion about what is go­ing on in their area.

De­spite the growth of dig­i­tal news sources, the im­por­tance of re­gional and com­mu­nity news­pa­pers in fram­ing lo­cal is­sues doesn’t show any sign of abat­ing.

One in two Aus­tralians say that lo­cal news­pa­pers will con­tinue to be im­por­tant to them.

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