About the News in Asia report

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About the _News in Asia_ report

A note from JNI’s Executive Director

Asia, by most measures, is once again at the centre of the world. It is home to half the world’s population. Its economy is bigger than all other regions combined. It is a centre for technological innovation and for growing cultural influence. It is the front line in the world’s most important geopolitical competition, that between China and the United States.

News and analysis of what happens in Asia has become critically important, not just to Asia, but to the world. The world’s story is now an Asian story. To tell that story the world needs great journalism – great journalism in Asia and on Asia.

The Judith Neilson Institute is championing quality journalism in Asia in a number of ways. This includes our Asian Stories initiative, which is supporting reporting collaborations by Asian and international news organisations about critical regional issues.

But to advance journalism in Asia we need a better picture of the news landscape in the region. This is the purpose of the News in Asia report. JNI’s ambition is to make News in Asia an essential reference tool for anyone interested in journalism and the news media in Asia, from journalists, academics and civil society to policymakers and businesspeople.

JNI has brought together the world’s leading experts and institutions to provide a nuanced account of journalism in the region, dealing with everything from how it is produced and consumed to the obstacles it faces and the advances it is making.

Our goal is to make News in Asia a timeless and comprehensive resource. In that regard, we encourage you to share your thoughts and feedback about the best way we can make that happen.

Finally, JNI would like thank the authors who contributed chapters to this report, as well the Journalism and Media Studies Centre of The University of Hong Kong, the News & Media Research Centre at the University of Canberra, and the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at the University of Oxford.

Mark Ryan
September 2021

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Mark Ryan undertook the initial study that resulted in the establishment of the Judith Neilson Institute and serves as its executive director. He is a former journalist and was senior political adviser to Australian Prime Minister Paul Keating. He played a key role in the establishment of the Lowy Institute and has served on its board since 2002. For 25 years he was a senior executive at Westfield Corporation. He is an Ambassador of the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute and a member of the National Selection Panel which assesses post graduate candidates for the Sir John Monash Scholarship awards. He consults to the Judith Neilson Family Office, the Lowy Family Group and major public companies.


A report as wide-ranging as this one is invariably the product of many hands, chief among them the authors who contributed chapters, as well as the Journalism and Media Studies Centre of the University of Hong Kong, the News & Media Research Centre at the University of Canberra, and the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at the University of Oxford.

A small number of individuals deserve particular acknowledgement: Commissioning Editor, Bonnie Bley, who identified contributors, wrangled and edited chapters, and negotiated (and often re-negotiated) deadlines for a report that owes its very existence to her fearsome work ethic, brilliant organisational skills and remarkable attention to detail; Digital Designer, Stephen Hutchings, who brought the work of our authors to life creating a report that is visually engaging, lively, easy to navigate and beautiful; Copy Editor, Michael Thomas, who patiently sifted the text to ensure it flowed smoothly, consistently and accurately; and Fact Checker, David Campbell, who conducted a forensic examination of a number of key chapters.

About JNI

The Judith Neilson Institute for Journalism and Ideas supports and celebrates quality journalism and storytelling around the world. Our grants and education programs equip journalists with the resources they need to produce outstanding work. Our events are forums to discuss the issues shaping the world. The Institute was established in 2018 by Australian philanthropist Judith Neilson. We are based in Sydney but work with journalists and media organisations around the world. We are non-partisan and governed by an independent board.

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