University of the Sunshine Coast (Dr Renee Barnes)

Online News and Older Australians: Ensuring the needs of Australia's ageing population is taken into account in the delivery of journalism online - to investigate older Australians' views on the presentation and distribution of news online, and develop a set of principles for the future development of online news delivery in Australia.

This project aims to ensure that Australia's ageing population has their needs taken into account in the presentation and distribution of news online.  To do this, a survey will be developed and distributed to older Australians, which will ask participants to outline their
usage of news online; their preferred methods of online news presentation; and perceived barriers to online news sites. 

Using the data collected from the survey and focus groups, they will develop a set of principles reflecting the needs and values of older Australians in relation to online news, which will be widely distributed to the media industry.