FM radio news: Spreading the news or spread too thin?

Denise Raward, Jane Johnston

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United Kingdom investigative reporter Nick Davies has coined the term “churnalism” to describe the UK print media’s reliance on wire copy and press releases for the vast majority of its news. This study looks at this trend in Australia, focusing on the FM radio industry and a case study of one radio station which also serves as a news “hub” for a national network. Davies found that up to 80 per cent of Fleet Street
news is based on wire service, other media or press releases. This Australian
FM newsroom study found nearly 90 per cent of networked news bulletins originated from wire services, other news rewrites or media releases.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)63-76
Number of pages14
JournalAustralian Journalism Review
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2009


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