The quality of Australian health journalism is important for public health

Christopher F C Jordens, Wendy L Lipworth and Ian H Kerridge
Med J Aust 2013; 199 (7): 448-449. || doi: 10.5694/mja12.11426

Recent redundancies in mainstream media threaten the quality of journalism and affect public health

The print media in Australia has recently experienced a sudden and extensive loss of experienced journalists. By the end of 2012, 148 editorial staff at four major Fairfax publications had announced or confirmed their departure in the wake of redundancy offers.1 The Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance estimates that, together with recent job losses at News Limited (now News Corp Australia), the result is that the major newspaper companies shed one in seven journalism jobs during the winter of 2012.2

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  • Christopher F C Jordens1
  • Wendy L Lipworth2
  • Ian H Kerridge1

  • 1 Centre for Values, Ethics and the Law in Medicine, University of Sydney, Sydney, NSW.
  • 2 Australian Institute of Health Innovation, University of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW.


This article draws on insights gleaned in an ongoing National Health and Medical Research Council project (Calling the tune? Investigating corporate influences on media reporting of health [Project 632840]). We acknowledge our co-investigators, Simon Chapman, Catriona Bonfiglioli and Melissa Sweet, who helped secure the grant for this project. We also thank Ruby Cornish for her valuable feedback on a draft of this article.

Competing interests:

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