This conference was held at the University of Melbourne on 12-13 February 2008 and brought together researchers and practitioners in Australian politics, media and political communication for two days of presentations, debate and discussion. Conference papers covered political reporting from both a research and practitioner point of view. A number of papers focused specifically on the 2007 federal election campaign; while others took a broader view of political communications in both theory and practice. One of the underlying themes apparent in all of the papers was the extent of change in the field of political communication. Given the speed of 24 hour news flows and the capacities of new technology, a second theme was how researchers can study and measure these changes.
Brian McNair: Politics and the Media in the Age of Dissolutions
Saskia Bourne: The Rise of the Australian Commentariat: A Discussion of Metacoverage and Research Directions
Geoffrey Craig: Kevin Rudd and the Framing of ‘Politics’ in News Media Interviews
Helen Ester: Political Communication and Political Journalists
David McKnight: Telling the Story of Global Warming: News and Opinion at News Corporation
Mugdha Rai: Globalisation, Sovereignty and the Media: News Discourses Surrounding Refugees
Stephanie Younane: Australian Political Rhetoric: Constructions of National Identity and Belonging in the 2007 Election Campaign
Sally Young: The Media Story of the Campaign: Sky News and the 2007 Election.