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A message from JNI’s Executive Director

As 2021 draws to a close I want to thank our many supporters who have helped us continue to flourish, despite the constraints of Covid. This newsletter highlights just a small number of our activities but what’s here will give you a sense of the breadth of our work.

We have supported mainstream reporting in Australia and internationally, documentaries, podcasts, local and regional news, and a number of live events that encouraged more discussion and debate about the practice and purpose of contemporary journalism. And we helped young journalists further their careers in a variety of ways.

In May, we opened our new building in Chippendale, Sydney, and launched our Journalist-in-Residence Programs.

JNI officially opened its new building in Chippendale in May.

JNI responded to threats to independent journalism in Afghanistan and Myanmar, and will support journalists in those countries further in 2022.

We co-hosted one of the world’s biggest journalism conferences of the year, involving more than 1,600 reporters from a record 144 countries.

Our signature project Asian Stories kicked off with reporting collaborations between 15 newsrooms and we launched our News in Asia report, which we aim to develop as the essential reference for all things journalism in Asia.

A standout initiative this year was the launch of Journo, a JNI podcast that explores how journalism is made, disseminated and consumed. Hosted by former BBC correspondent Nick Bryant, it has already found a large and loyal audience.

We’re looking forward to a busy 2022 with the arrival of our first international Journalist-in-Residence, Bill Grueskin, a former senior editor at the Wall Street Journal and Academic Dean of Columbia Journalism School. We will also produce many live events and, in October, host the 2022 Global Investigative Journalism Conference in Sydney.

Thanks for your continuing support. We look forward to working with you and sharing more updates in the New Year.


Mark Ryan

Upcoming event

The joke is mightier than the pen
Can satire be journalism?

Join us at our Chippendale HQ on February 3 for a live event featuring Australia’s top satirists.

Together we’ll examine whether satire can change the world, whether it can be more powerful than journalism, and whether satire can be journalism.

Book your free ticket now




Why political journalists get elections wrong

Brexit. Trump. The Coalition’s win in 2019. Political journalists have made an art of getting election predictions wrong. In the final episode of season one of Journo, Nick Bryant questions whether political clairvoyance serves the public.

Listen to the episode

International journalism


JNI-HKU Opportunity Fellowships

JNI and HKU Journalism are giving two journalists from Myanmar and Afghanistan the support to study a Master of Journalism at HKU, publish a major reporting project and spend time at the Institute in Sydney.

Find out how to apply

Media diversity


First Community Voices complete

Our first 12 Community Voices participants have completed the development program. We celebrated their success at the Institute with family, friends and federal MP Tanya Plibersek. They leave the program as well-equipped community advocates known to many journalists and newsrooms.

Learn more about the project

2021 JNI Highlights

News in Asia

Exploring Asia’s media landscape

The News in Asia report provides a comprehensive and nuanced view of the news landscape in the region. It is an essential reference tool for anyone interested in journalism and media in Asia, from journalists, academics and civil society to policy makers and businesspeople.

Read the report


World’s media come together

JNI co-hosted the 2021 Global Investigative Journalism Conference in November. More than 1,600 journalists from 144 countries attended the online conference. In 2022, JNI and the Global Investigative Journalism Network are bringing the world’s premier journalism conference to Sydney.

Get GIJC22 updates

Asian Stories

Asia reporting collaborations

Our Asian Stories initiative is funding collaborations between Asian and international media to investigate key regional issues. Collaborations have produced more than 40 stories on digital sex crimes, Asia’s reliance on coal, China’s plans for a digital currency, and Covid medical waste.

Read the stories

Stories we’re following
Quality journalism and ideas from around the world that caught our attention

The science of mind reading
The New Yorker | James Somers

Journalism is a public good. Let the public make it.
Columbia Journalism Review | Darryl Holliday

Can the press prevent a Trump restoration?
The New York Times | Ross Douthat

China’s troll king: how a tabloid editor became the voice of Chinese nationalism

The Guardian | Han Zhang

The internet is tricking our brain
NBC News | David Ingram

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