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Editorial: An investigative legacy

Volume 23, Issue 1

July, 2017

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Bacon, W., & Nash, C. (2017). Editorial: An investigative legacy. Pacific Journalism Review, 23(1), 7-13. doi:10.24135/pjr.v23i1.326
Author(s): Wendy Bacon, Chris Nash
Publication date: 
July, 2017

In April 2017, a one-day seminar was held at the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS) to celebrate more than 25 years of the Australian Centre for Independent Journalism (ACIJ). The ACIJ produced, researched and promoted discussion of journalism from 1991 until it was closed by UTS in early 2017. Although no clear explanation was given for the university’s decision, observers generally agreed that the closure reflected the contemporary pressure on independent public interest activities in Australian universities, which are increasingly driven by financial and corporate needs as a consequence of decades of underfunding.