Lost Cause? The Convergence Review Model For News Media Self-Regulation

July 22, 2012

By MARK PEARSON, Professor of Journalism and Director of Social Media Research, Centre for Law, Governance and Public Policy, Bond University

Australia’s news media regulatory framework has been the subject of two recommendations for major overhauls in recent months.

It was the $2.7 million Convergence Review, announced in late 2010, that was meant to develop the definitive regulatory model in its final report released in April, 2012.

But along the way political pressures (or opportunism, depending on who you want to believe) prompted the announcement last September of an offshoot – the $1.2 million Independent Media Inquiry – specifically briefed to deal with the self-regulation of print media ethics. Read the rest of this entry »