Centennial Honors College Western Illinois University Undergraduate Research Day 2014 Poster Presentation Australian Culture and Press Freedom Kyle Sallas Faculty Mentor: Yong Tang Journalism This poster presentation covers an overview of Australian culture and customs with an emphasized focus on the press freedom in the country. An introduction will give background information about Australia such as: geography, population, most common languages in the country. The presentation will also mention a few popular figures and cultural icons that originate from Australia that became famous in the United States. The consolidation of ownership of various types of media will also be discussed. Press freedom ratings given by Freedom House, Reporters without Borders, IREX and Committee to Protect Journalists will also be mentioned to show where Australia stands in the global rankings. The presentation will also compare and contrast the press freedom ratings between the United States and Australia. The presentation will conclude with more general information coupled with pictures of different things related to Australia.