Journalism Education Association of Australia Incorporated
Faculty of Education and Arts
School of Communication and Arts / Centre for Research in Entertainment, Arts,Technology, Education and Communications
This paper draws on a study of 12 foreign correspondents reporting on Australia for print, radio, TV and news agencies. The study found evidence that while new technology may have changed transmission speeds, it has not changed the nature of events they report on. News ranking is still determined by factors such as political influence and trade volumes, news values and news interest. Australia - medium-sized, geographically on the periphery and politically stable - is not a major player on the world political stage. As a country, it is always more likely to come to the world's attention because of novelty stories and natural disasters such as bushfires, rather than any decision taken in the capital, Canberra.