Asia Pacific Media Educator


This article presents selected findings of an ongoing study of perceived public role of the alternative press in Australia. Interviews with journalists show an overwhelming perception that they are more inclined to provide context to news already covered in the mainstream press; they motivate readers to take political action or to engage in political discussion; and they provide a forum for minority groups overlooked by the mainstream media. These perceived roles fit neatly within the description of public journalism which represents a general commitment by journalists to foster critical political debate and revive public life.