Changes in media reporting after RTI laws in Queensland

Breit, Rhonda, Fitzgerald, Richard, Liu, Shuang and Neal, Regan (2012). Changes in media reporting after RTI laws in Queensland. In: CPRafrica 2012/CPRsouth7: Papers, presentations and policy briefs. CPRafrica 2012/CPRsouth7 Conference, Port Louis, Mauritius, (). 5 - 7 September 2012.

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Author Breit, Rhonda
Fitzgerald, Richard
Liu, Shuang
Neal, Regan
Title of paper Changes in media reporting after RTI laws in Queensland
Conference name CPRafrica 2012/CPRsouth7 Conference
Conference location Port Louis, Mauritius
Conference dates 5 - 7 September 2012
Proceedings title CPRafrica 2012/CPRsouth7: Papers, presentations and policy briefs
Place of Publication Colombo, Sri Lanka
Publisher Communications Policy Research South (CPRsouth)
Publication Year 2012
Sub-type Fully published paper
Total pages 16
Collection year 2013
Language eng
Formatted Abstract/Summary
This paper outlines findings of research into how journalists’ use and report issues related to freedom of information (FOI) and right to information (RTI) in Queensland, following the introduction of access to information reforms in 2009.

A triangulated analysis was used incorporating quantitative and qualitative methods. At a quantitative level, the text analytics software Leximancer was used to identify key concepts, issues and trends in 786 relevant articles from national, metropolitan and regional newspapers. At a qualitative level, discourse analysis was used to identify key themes and patterns from the newspaper articles. Finally, semi-structured interviews with journalists who use and report on RTI/FOI were conducted in order to identify journalists’ attitudes towards RTI and to provide context for the analysis of newspaper reports.

Both qualitative and quantitative shifts in the media reporting of RTI and FOI were revealed across three time periods representing the periods before, during and after the reform implementation. The findings offer insights into the role of newspapers in promoting and/or framing the public sector information environment in Australia. This benchmark study will enable researchers within and beyond Asian contexts to monitor the role journalists’ play as information converters under push model RTI and their capacity to work collaboratively with government agencies in maximizing the usefulness of public sector information.
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Q-Index Code E1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Conference theme "Connecting Africa & Asia: ICT policy research and practice for the Global South"

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Created: Mon, 04 Mar 2013, 12:52:26 EST by Dr Rhonda Breit on behalf of School of Journalism and Communication