Nordic Talks: The Value of a Free Press

Supporting public interest journalism in Norway and Australia

Norway is number one the World Press Freedom Index, while Australia dropped 14 places in 2022 due in part to its highly concentrated media landscape.

This webinar, the second of our special Nordic Talks webinar series, will explore how Norway’s targeted ‘press support’ subsidies could help Australia to achieve greater diversity in its highly concentrated media landscape and improve its protections for public interest journalism. And what can Norway learn from Australia’s world-leading News Media Bargaining Code about regulating Big Tech platforms such as Google and Facebook?

Join Professor Eli Skogerbø from the University of Oslo, and Dr Maria Rae of Deakin University for a fascinating discussion hosted by deputy director Ebony Bennett for the Nordic Policy Centre at the Australia Institute, as part of Nordic Talks. #NordicTalks #auspol


Professor Eli Skogerbø, Co-director of POLKOM – Center for the Study of Political Communication, Professor at the Department of Media and Communication, University of Oslo.

With a PhD in political science from the University of Oslo in 1996 with the thesis: Privatising the Public Interest. Conflicts and Compromises in Norwegian Media Politics 1980-1993, Eli Skogerbø has published widely on media and communication policy and politics, political communication and Indegnous poitical communication and journalism. She currently researches political communication In Norway and internationally and has recently co-edited (with Øyvind Ihlen, Nete Nørgaard Kristensen & Lars Nord) Power, Communication & Politics in the Nordic Countries, NORDICOM 2021. She works with different but related topics in political communication and leads and participates in several national and international research projects addressing elections and election campaign communication, the COVID-19 crisis and minority and Indigenous political communication.

Dr Maria Rae, Senior Lecturer in Politics and Policy, Deakin University

Maria Rae is a Senior Lecturer in Politics and Policy at Deakin University and a former newspaper journalist. She teaches and researches political communication and the media.


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