WHAT IS LINA?
LINA is an industry association supporting digital, hyperlocal and independent news publishers.
WHAT DOES LINA DO?
LINA’s job is to help digital and hybrid news publishers increase the diversity and relevance of news services in communities across Australia. Our passion is to grow existing, and encourage new, hyperlocal media entrants by providing capacity building support, expert advice and access to critical third-party services, providing a deep level of hands-on support to members.
WHO DOES THIS?
LINA was established in 2021 by the Community Broadcasting Association of Australia, guided by an advisory group of hyperlocal publishers and supported by the Judith Neilson Institute for Journalism and Ideas. LINA has an independent Board and a small staff.
OUR KEY ACTIVITIES
STRENGTHENING PUBLIC INTEREST JOURNALISM
LINA works to ensure that local audiences are served with independent, original, high-quality public-interest news reporting covering important issues.
CAPACITY BUILDING SUPPORT
Access to training events, resources, tip sheets, templates, industry calendars, guides and playbooks to support your newsroom.
NETWORKING & SERVICES
We connect members with discount suppliers, expert advice and industry networks to save your news business money and time.
Hyperlocal publishers most commonly originate to fill a gap in local news coverage and/or to provide free access to local news when paywalls are introduced by other media outlets.
A SHIFTING LANDSCAPE
- From January 2019 to August 2022 there were 265 newsroom contractions and 152 expansions across Australia. A net decrease of 113 newsrooms over 2.5 years.(Public Interest Journalism Initiative, Australian Newsroom Mapping Project, 2022)
- In response to closing newsrooms, community members are increasingly establishing news services to meet a need for locally relevant news. There are approximately 350 hyperlocal publishers serving communities across Australia, as at July 2022.
- Promisingly, approximately 20% of them have launched in the past two years. These are the green shoots of the news industry.
- Around 35% of hyperlocal newsrooms operate with less than 2 staff members and 16% have zero paid staff.
- Online news has been the main source of news content for Australian audiences, overtaking television in 2020. Over 3.4 million Australians use news feed sites as their primary news source, with a further 1.8 million subscribing to email updates and 1.1million using news websites as their primary new source. – Roy Morgan, August 2020.
- 26% of news consumers source news content online, with a further 19% accessing news via social media. – Christopher Hughes, Statistica, July 2022
LINA Board Members
Jon Bisset, Chair
Jon is the Chief Executive Officer of the Community Broadcasting Association of Australia (CBAA) . He is passionate about the non-profit and charity sector having spent more than 25 years as a Chief Executive and non-executive director. Read More
Jon is also CEO of RPH Australia, the peak body for the Radio Reading Network, community media empowering Australians with a print disability. The CBAA and RPH Australia’s member stations actively broadcast nationwide to an audience of over 5 million people per week.
Jon is also a Non-Executive Director of Infoxchange and of Connecting Up Australia, non-profit organisation’s using technology to improve the lives of the most vulnerable in our community and increase digital inclusion and a Non-Executive Director of Spots and Space Pty Ltd.
Jacky is the founder of In the Cove, one of the longest continuously running hyperlocals in Australia since its launch in 2012. Jacky has worked to promote hyperlocals in Australia and has met with hyperlocal publishers overseas. In 2016, she went to the UK where she met with Centre for Community Journalism to learn about their hyperlocal movement. Read More
Jacky has received numerous awards recognising her work as provider of local news and information for the community.
Prior to establishing In the Cove, Jacky worked as a solicitor in government, private practices, an ASX listed Multinational and a National Retailer. She is also a director of Got a Pen and a founding member of The Sydney Library of Things.
Emma has broad ranging skills across operations, strategy, governance and finance, with a focus on charities. She is currently the General Manager of the Sydney Environment Institute. She is a registered Chartered Accountant and spent four years working as a tax accountant and adviser.Read More
She was previously Director, Ideas at the Judith Neilson Institute for Journalism and Ideas where she led the program of work to understand the landscape of hyperlocal media in Australia and assess the need for support.
Emma has previously worked as a management consultant, developing strategies and designing operating models for government agencies and not-for-profits.
Nelson Yap is the editor and publisher of Australian Property Journal (APJ). Founded in 2003, APJ is one of the oldest online digital-only publications in Australia. Nelson is passionate about media diversity, and supporting independent media and small publishers. Read More
Nelson is a member of the Australian Press Council (APC) and co-chair of the Public Interest Publishers Association (PIPA), which was founded in 2021 and represented by the Minderoo Foundation to collectively bargain with Google and Meta under the News Media Bargaining Code.
Alan is a journalist, author and editorial consultant with more than forty years’ experience working for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and the Special Broadcasting Service. He worked as a news and current affairs reporter for both SBS and the ABC. Read More
This included 5 years as a Political Editor in the Canberra Press Gallery. He won two Walkley Awards.
He was News Director at SBS from 1996-1999, a senior news executive at the ABC from 2005 to 2013, and the Editorial Director of the ABC from 2013 to 2019.
Since 2019, he has continued to write and speak about public interest journalism. He is the Executive Director of the international Organisation of News Ombudsman and a member of the Walkley Public Fund Committee.
Peri Strathearn is the founder and managing editor of Murray Bridge News, an online news service in South Australia’s Murraylands. When he’s not trying to find a sustainable future of local journalism at the bottom of a cup of tea, you’ll find him playing a ukulele or adventuring with his two young daughters. Read More
Peri has worked as a journalist since 2010, previously undertaking reporting roles for Fairfax and ACM publications before launching an independent news service at Murray Bridge.
Claire Stuchbery joins LINA from 1 July 2022 after a 20-year career in media policy, stakeholder engagement, policy development and communications.
Most recently, Claire worked in policy and stakeholder engagement for First Nations Media Australia, the peak national body for First Nations not-for-profit broadcasting, media and communications.
Claire also worked in a range of senior management roles with the Community Broadcasting Foundation, ran her own media agency, worked in street press publications and was a broadcaster and board member at a number of community radio stations, including most notably, continuing volunteer roles at PBS in Melbourne.
In September 2022, Claire Albrecht joins the LINA team as Program Manager, communicating with members and facilitating member programs. She comes from a background in arts and not-for-profit management, digital strategy, writing and communications.
Claire was most recently Acting General Manager for the Print Council of Australia, the peak national body for printmaking artists, and is the Editor-in-Chief of The Suburban Review, an independent literary and arts journal.
She has previously worked as an arts journalist and sub-editor across street presses and local community newspapers, and has recently set up the digital strategy consultancy Arts Online.
Advisors in the creation of LINA
|Jacky Barker||Founder, In the Cove|
|Rebecca Guest||Founder & CEO, The Fold Media|
|Denise Shrivell||Founder, MediaScope|
|Grahame Lynch||Publisher, Northern Sydney Sun|
|Kim Smee||Editor, Manly Observer|
|Simon Crerar||Co-founder, PS Media|
|Diana Paton||Publisher, Galston, Glenorie & Hills Rural News|
|Peri Strathearn||Managing Editor, Murray Bridge News|
|JessieAnne Gartlan||Editor, The Horsham Times|
|Corinne Podger||Director & Principal, The Digital Skills Agency|
|Alan Sunderland||Executive Director, Organization of News Ombudsmen|
LINA welcomes other news organisations, businesses and individuals to support us through a monthly donation.
Much like our members, we’ll invite you to LINA events and keep you updated on our activities.