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The Local & Independent News Association (LINA) was established in 2021 to support the thriving hyperlocal news industry in Australia.

The establishment of LINA by the Judith Neilson Institute and the Community Broadcasting Association of Australia was guided by a group of experts in hyperlocal media and journalism more broadly. They helped develop an initial blueprint for LINA aimed at supporting hyperlocal media.

The establishment has also been guided by a survey of over 100 hyperlocal publishers and discussions at the Hyperlocal Summit, hosted online by JNI in early 2021. The summit was attended by over 50 representatives from hyperlocal media, featuring international guest speakers and working sessions to explore challenges faced and to unpack the blueprint. We believe that an association like LINA will only exist if it is developed in partnership with publishers and always continues to engage with them.

Local media has become a critical element of the media landscape in Australia. LINA ensures that local audiences are served with independent and high-quality coverage of local, original and public-interest news of important issues.

LINA’s 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, giving a deeper level of hands-on support to many organisations.

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

Jacky Barker

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

Emma Bones

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

Alan Sunderland

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


Claire Stuchbery

Executive Director

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.

Advisors in the creation of LINA

Jacky Barker

 Founder, In The Cove

Rebecca Guest

Founder & CEO, The Fold Media

Denise Shrivell

Founder, MediaScope

Dale Cohen

Publisher & CEO, Northern Beaches Advocate

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

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