The Australian public is reporting a decline in the amount of media coverage of their issues and events, according to a report from the Australian Public Media Association.
“The impact of this year on the media landscape has been devastating,” said the report, published by the Association of Public and Non-Governmental Media, and produced by its executive committee.
“There has been a dramatic decline in media exposure and engagement across the board.
This has included: fewer and fewer articles about the issues being discussed; less attention paid to the issues themselves; fewer reports on the issues; less coverage of those who are affected; and fewer stories about what the issues mean.”
The association also warned that “in many cases, the media simply cannot get enough of the stories they are reporting”.
In the past year, the association said that the number of articles about climate change had fallen by a third, the number about homelessness had fallen 50 per cent, and the number on the impact of a coronavirus pandemic had dropped by 50 per half.
This year’s report says that the decline has been more pronounced for issues related to issues relating to issues related with mental health, with mental illness being the most affected.
It also noted that in the year to April, the average length of the period between an article’s publication and its completion fell by 40 per cent in the US and 50 per per cent across the rest of the world.
“We have witnessed a profound shift in the way that the public are thinking about issues of importance,” the report said.
“A growing body of research has found that when people have access to news, they tend to be more likely to share it, to engage with it, and to report on it.”
The report said that although the public may not understand what the media is reporting on, they do know that the media was “actively seeking to make sense of the issues”.
The association has published a number of reports in recent years highlighting the need for increased media coverage, particularly on climate change and issues relating with the mentally ill.
“In the past 12 months, the Australian public has had to cope with the loss of an estimated 1.2 million jobs in the media sector, with the Australian Bureau of Statistics reporting that the job loss is “the worst since the financial crisis”.
The ABC said the changes had been “devastating” for journalists and staff, and said it would not be able to continue to “keep the story running” without changes to its editorial standards. “
They are also being asked to stop reporting on stories they do not agree with or that don’t fit with their narrative,” the agency said.
The ABC said the changes had been “devastating” for journalists and staff, and said it would not be able to continue to “keep the story running” without changes to its editorial standards.
The organisation said it was also worried about the impact the media might have on the economy.
The report recommended that the government “immediately undertake a comprehensive review of how it is publishing and reporting about the world’s issues”.