11.9 C
Byron Shire
August 1, 2021

GetUp! wants to know what you think about losing your papers

Latest News

Byron beach erosion

Ann Tiernan, Suffolk Park I strongly disagree with Council’s position stated in last week’s Echo that ‘The sand (at Clarkes Beach)...

Other News

I’m with you Mandy…

Dominica Coulthurst, Knockrow I’m with you Mandy... all the way. Thanks so much for your Soapbox message last week. Always love...

Knife-wielding criminal on the loose in Byron Bay

A terrifying media release is still on the loose in Byron Bay after escaping from the computers of Council candidates Rhett Holt and Cr Alan Hunter.  'It is a frightful to wake up at three in the morning to a man blood dripping with a backpack full of knives using your shower,' the [sic] release said...

Independent councillor calls for online voting

A manageable and easy-to-navigate system was necessary, Cr Allsop said, one that allowed 'equal presence for all candidates'.

A disappointing limbo? Byron candidates on delayed council elections

Mr Dey, incumbent Mr Lyon and four other mayoral candidates were already busy campaigning for the top spot when NSW Local Government Minister Shelly Hancock delayed the election for a second time.

Byron businesses buckle down

The Greater Sydney lockdown has had a direct impact on local businesses who have seen a dramatic fall in customer numbers, particularly in Byron Bay.

Cyclist dies in collision after refusing police request to stop – Casino

A cyclist has died following a collision with a vehicle after police asked him to stop.

Many parts of Australia, in particular, some rural and remote areas were stunned by the closure of their local print newspaper last winter.

News Corp announced at the end of May, 2020,  that it was shutting almost all of its regional and community newspapers from June 29.

Murdoch’s local stable of newspapers are now behind an online paywall.

On the Far North Coast that meant that The Byron Shire News, Ballina Advocate, Lismore Northern Star and Tweed Daily News would close and become online publications only, along with a host of other newspapers across the entire country.

Independent political activist group GetUp! say that late last year, 5,077 of its members chipped in to fund research into Australia’s shrinking media landscape — research they say we desperately need our politicians to see.

That work is now underway — with expert researchers currently scouring through years of media ownership records and distribution data — and our hard-hitting report will be released in February.

Independent political activist group GetUp! say that 5,077 of its members chipped in to fund critical research into Australia’s shrinking media landscape.

 

Inquiry into media diversity

GetUp! Says that with the Senate launching an inquiry into media diversity, we know our politicians are ready to listen. But without including stories of how everyday people are affected by a shrinking and concentrated media landscape, the data they present to Senators won’t be nearly as powerful as it needs to be.

So GetUp! is asking for people to include personal stories that they can add to the the report, and create a crucial human dimension to their expert findings.

If you feel you have been affected by a changing media environment, GetUp! wants to hear from you. Has your local paper closed down in recent years? Do you only have access to Murdoch-owned newspapers? Or does your local paper play a critical role in your life and couldn’t imagine your community without it?

GetUp! Says that right now, fewer and fewer individuals are gaining more and more power over our media — over the headlines, the opinion pieces, and the stories we read.

The media monopoly

This media monopoly is bad for our democracy, fighting disinformation, and the issues we care about — one need only look how the Murdoch Press’ climate denial has aided and abetted political inaction in this country.

GetUp! says it’s not just our democracy that suffers, it’s people too. Where communities have lost local papers, and local reporters. Where no one is amplifying community voices, covering council meetings, or uncovering dodgy dealings. And where it’s increasingly hard to talk to our neighbours about issues like climate action, when they only have access to newspapers dominated by the likes of Andrew Bolt, rather than scientists and experts.

These are the stories our politicians need to hear. So while our expert researchers work to collate the data, we need to make sure Senators hear from our communities and grapple with the issues they are facing.

If you would like to add your voice to the conversation, you can click here to participate in the survey and contribute your story.


Support The Echo

Keeping the community together and the community voice loud and clear is what The Echo is about. More than ever we need your help to keep this voice alive and thriving in the community.

Like all businesses we are struggling to keep food on the table of all our local and hard working journalists, artists, sales, delivery and drudges who keep the news coming out to you both in the newspaper and online. If you can spare a few dollars a week – or maybe more – we would appreciate all the support you are able to give to keep the voice of independent, local journalism alive.

1 COMMENT

  1. Don’t get me started on the Murdoch Press! Hogging & writing off independents is his way to go. He’s
    shutting-up all outlets to control the end game as well as flattening the ABC with ScoMo’s support.
    People need local news as well as federal; instead we have editorials that read/sound like cane toads
    on a crook day plus Play Dough article writers who do not understand how to present an article.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

A day of ‘thank you’

Alison Drover, Broken Head How about a day of ‘thank you’ to our health workers and ‘sorry’ from our prime minister and ‘please’ from the community? Instead...

Nolan’s Soapbox

Duncan Shipley-Smith, Byron Bay The sinister suggestion by Nolan in last week’s Echo conflating anti-vaccination supporters with extreme right-wing ideology (XRW) demands a response. This is...

Shooting in Nimbin

There is a police operation currently underway in Nimbin following a shooting earlier today.

Knife-wielding criminal on the loose in Byron Bay

A terrifying media release is still on the loose in Byron Bay after escaping from the computers of Council candidates Rhett Holt and Cr Alan Hunter.  'It is a frightful to wake up at three in the morning to a man blood dripping with a backpack full of knives using your shower,' the [sic] release said...