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News in the public interest

Daniel Bouwmeester    March 1, 2023    3 min read   

The primary aim of The Greater Springfield Times is to advance “public interest journalism” – that is, to regularly publish stories that invigorate broader discussion topics important to the local community. And that matters.

Dr Jay Thompson of The University of Melbourne says this kind of journalism is “integral to a healthy democracy” by promoting public awareness of the actions of government and business.

The Greater Springfield Times does just that – every day.

Since relaunching post-COVID in September last year, the magazine has routinely covered essential subjects: health, disability support, education, environment, housing, infrastructure and roads, emergency services, technology, business, media, data, government funding, and even politics.

Speaking personally, we have a passion for uncovering truth in our ever complicated world – especially in an era of widespread misinformation and increasing distrust in responsible, credible journalism – and so reporting facts is paramount.

That said, our motto is to help celebrate what makes Greater Springfield a great place to live. And we certainly do that, by highlighting the positive actions of community members wherever possible.

And there is a very good reason we do this.

The media landscape is, as one would expect, full of bad news – and at its worst, extremely negative and sensationalised (i.e. “clickbait”) – which drives audience engagement and thus revenue. This tends to make people feel increasingly helpless and resentful.

But it also completely misses half the story: the good news.

Greater focus needs to be given to good, constructive efforts of residents that are making a real difference, and which in turn inspire others.

And that, in our view, is equally important to a healthy democracy.

Here are some recent examples of our public interest journalism:


Plot twist resolution for growing family
Car lovers revved up about men’s health
Sweet support for strong-willed mum

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Disability support

Special focus on desperately needed schooling
The ability to inspire

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Building up Springfield’s education network

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Endangered glider populations need new homes
Lure of competition has environmental angle

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Tall order for looming boom

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Infrastructure and roads

Potholes… there’s an app for that
Bus service expands coverage for Indigenous students

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Emergency services

Baptism of fire for emergency services site

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Biotech facility a big boost for Springfield

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‘Field’ of dreams: our city turns 30
‘Catalyst’ for exchange

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Springfield now has its own radio station

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Greater insight: Springfield’s Census 2021 results
Mixed takeaway from food waste trial

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Government funding

It’s a slow road to a better, safer city: 2022-2023 Council budget
Greater transparency in development

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Councillor Jonic opens up about alleged cannabis incident in her youth

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Daniel Bouwmeester

Daniel was born in a mining town in New South Wales to Dutch and Welsh immigrants, before relocating to Logan City, where he attended Canterbury College for twelve years. He pursued his passion for music by completing a first-class honours degree at the University of Queensland (UQ), and later signed with a local record label. He has travelled the world from a young age, including a student exchange in rural France, a job working the ski lifts in Colorado, and visits to the islands of the South Pacific. After a six-year career in market research, Daniel returned to UQ to complete a Bachelor of Journalism and Arts dual degree, majoring in political science. His varied experiences at home and abroad have contributed to a passion for spreading good news while defending the truth buried inside complex societal paradigms.