They All Come Tumbling Down

Rural and regional journalism in Australia might soon be a lot poorer if suggestions in The Australian of a rout at Fairfax come to pass.

The Murdoch daily says Fairfax is considering closure of between 30 and 65 regional and rural papers, including at least six in the Illawarra-South Coast. They include:

  • Illawarra Mercury
  • Wollongong Advertiser
  • Lake Times
  • Kiama Independent
  • Shoalhaven and Nowra News
  • Eurobodalla Shire Independent

In June 2012, Fairfax announced massive cuts to metro papers, and I wondered what it meant for regionals. I guess we know.

Fairfax has apparently said the papers are under review, but no decisions have been made yet so for now it’s “business as usual”.

Business As Usual