Regional & communities
Regional and community newspapers play an important role in society.
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.