CBAA submission highlights community radio's role in the survival of regional news

Frieda Lee, 8th February 2022

The CBAA has made a submission to the Standing Committee on Communications and the Arts’ inquiry into Australia’s regional newspapers.

This submission showcases the innovative work community broadcasters are doing in the local news space, focusing on:

  • Emerging models for hyperlocal news production where community broadcasters have drawn on their existing community support network to save their local paper from extinction.
  • The innovation and creativity community broadcasters have shown in adapting to the changing needs of their communities, and opportunities to grow their involvement in print journalism. 
  • The emerging hyperlocal publishing sector, and how the new Local & Independent News Association will assist.

Our submission can be accessed on our Submissions Page.

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A great outcome for community radio in The Future of Regional Newspapers in a Digital World: Inquiry into Australia's regional newspapers report published by the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Communications and the Arts this week. 


In response to challenges faced by the hyperlocal news industry, the Judith Neilson Institute for Journalism and Ideas (JNI) has partnered with the Community Broadcasting Association of Australia (CBAA) to develop an industry-wide capacity-building organisation, the Local and Independent News Association (LINA).


The devastating bushfires that impacted vast regions of Australia towards the end of 2019 and into 2020 saw over 80 community radio stations broadcasting in fire affected areas or to fire affected communities.