To ensure there is a strong community-owned and operated, independent media for Australia.
Digital disruption of the media landscape has created challenges as well as opportunities in meeting the information needs of our society. As many as 3,000 journalism jobs are estimated to have been lost in Australia this decade(1), the vast majority of which have come from newspaper newsrooms. The consequences of this decline have been profound for our democracy, as evidenced by increased commercialisation of news, less in-depth reportage and reduced trust in media.
However, while people are spending less time-consuming television, newspapers and magazines(2), radio remains resilient. More people are turning to the independent voices on community radio, pushing audience levels to new highs.
This presents an opportunity for community media to underpin an informed society.
Against the backdrop of rapid change in the broader industry, community media offers itself as a force for social good through an expansion of its highly-valued capacity to deliver local news and information. Developing stronger local journalism will expand community media’s social contribution at a critical time.
Investment in the Community Broadcasting Foundation provides opportunities that ensure a broader range of voices are heard in Australian media. Donations received by the Community Broadcasting Foundation empower us to grow an independent, diverse and inclusive media sector and safeguard Australia from the very real threat to democracy posed by an increasingly monopolised media.
Investing in us, you will help to bring people together and amplify diverse, independent voices speaking their truth. Community media enables greater civic participation and engagement in the media, strengthening our society. Help us develop Australia’s community media as a potent and influential force for good.
Our CEO Ian welcomes the opportunity to speak with you.
CEO Community Broadcasting Foundation
T (03) 8341 5900