"“News Showcase is a product for public interest journalism, so there may not
be a great fit.”
And with one short email from the Singapore-based head of Google News for the
Asia-Pacific region to RenewEconomy management, rejecting our request to even
hold discussions with the company, the full catastrophe the Coalition
government’s new media bargaining code could represent for media diversity in
Australia became apparent.
RenewEconomy has spent nearly a decade reporting on climate policies and the
clean energy transition, the two dominant themes of the 21st Century that have
deep economic, environmental and health impacts for everyone. We have held
politicians, regulators, institutions, and the renewables industry to account,
and built up a sizeable following in the process – more than 20 million page
views across its publications in 2020.
If this is not public interest journalism, what is?
Google is getting to decide and among those chosen for its new Google Showcase,
and getting paid to be there, is the youth-focused website Junkee. Its lead
story on Wednesday: “Was Joss Whedon the real big bad of Buffy
.” Its number 2
story: “We reckon we’ve worked out who cheats on MAFS
Also on Google Showcase, and reportedly getting paid millions by Google to
feature on its “public interest” news platform, is News Corp and its toxic Sky
News Australia, the source of the kind of lies and misinformation that
RenewEconomy has been debunking for years."
*** Xanni ***
Chief Scientist, Xanadu
Partner, Glass Wings
Manager, Serious Cybernetics