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”.