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Audio program

15 Oct 2017

Journalists say freedom of the press in Fiji is at an all-time low, with repercussions for those who upset the government.

First-hand accounts and leaked documents reveal the extent of the Fijian government’s control over the media and public service.

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Commentary

04 Oct 2017

Globalisation, the digital age and promises of democratic reform once inspired hope that a fresh era of press freedom was about to dawn across Southeast Asia. But two decades after the arrival of the internet those hopes have dwindled amid deteriorating standards.

Underscoring this trend...

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21 Sep 2017

Veteran political journalist, Laurie Oakes, says Australian politics is floundering because contemporary politicians lack the wit and bravery of great former leaders such as Paul Keating.

In a speech to the Melbourne Press Club on 15 September, Oakes said Malcolm Turnbull and his...

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14 Sep 2017

The increasing presence of artificial intelligence and automated technology is changing journalism. While the term artificial intelligence dates back to the 1950s, and has since acquired several meanings, there is a general consensus around the nature of AI as the theory and development of...

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Commentary

11 Sep 2017

As the Federal government attempts to reform Australia’s media ownership laws, evidence is emerging that journalists are moving away from the traditional watchdog role of the press towards satisfying the demands of audiences.

Decades of debate about whether journalists ought to give...

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Audio program

08 Sep 2017

The respected journalist, producer, presenter and author, Peter Luck, has died after a long and painful illness.

His close friend and fellow journalist Mike Carlton says Parkinson's Disease had a devastating impact on Peter Luck, a man who he hopes will be remembered as one of the giants...

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Commentary

04 Sep 2017

When a journalist moves from press secretary to press gallery reporter, it raises tricky ethical questions for news editors in the face of possible concerns about the former political staff member’s independence and partisanship.

For some editors, the risk of the returning journalist...

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Audio interview

30 Aug 2017

In the US, President Donald Trump has popularised the notion of 'fake news' — it's usually stories the President doesn't like in mainstream media.

More generally, 'fake news' is deliberately planted disinformation, designed to spread division or favourable propaganda, often generated by...

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Commentary

28 Aug 2017

Even before the march in Charlottesville turned violent, images of white supremacist demonstrators were posted on social media along with requests to identify them.

Many were named by Twitter and Facebook sleuths, complete with details of where they lived and worked. Some have reportedly ...

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Journal article

21 Jul 2017

This paper argues that ‘fake news’ is endemic to ‘information society’ as a whole, not just the internet or news media. It is part of daily experience, generated by established patterns of communication, social group categorisation, framing, and patterns of power. These disruptions are...

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Journal article

19 Jul 2017

Processing information into journalistic content in contemporary news media creates a favorable environment for the distribution of misleading and fake information. This paper analyzes the distribution of alternative facts and fake news as a phenomenon characterizing post-fact society and how...

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Journal article

19 Jul 2017

‘Post-truth’ was not a new concept when it was selected as the international word of the year (2016) by Oxford Dictionaries. In the context of communications research, scholars were discussing journalism in the ‘post-factual’ age some thirty years ago (Ettema 1987). In the digital era,...

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Journal article

19 Jul 2017

This piece presents an imaginary scenario taking place in any typical primary school around Australia. It was developed for the special issue of Cosmopolitan Civil Societies Journal, on fake news and alternative facts, to show how these may arise in everyday practices.

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30 Jun 2017

Violence against women and its prevention are legitimate topics of public interest and research shows that media reporting on the issue in Australia is extensive. This research identified that while some aspects of reporting on violence against women in Australia are changing for the better,...

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Commentary

29 Jun 2017

The idea that governments should provide financial assistance to news publishers is receiving more serious consideration in Australia than at any time in living memory. At the heart of the Senate inquiry into the Future of Public Interest Journalism, established in May in the wake of another...

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Research report

03 May 2017

The Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance's annual report into press freedom in Australia outlines the challenges faced by journalists and media organisations.

In the survey produced for the report, almost half of the respondents (48%) said they’d experienced intimidation, abuse or...

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Research report

03 May 2017

Freedom of expression in Turkey is under sustained and increasing attack. Since the failed coup attempt in July 2016, academics, journalists and writers who criticize the government risk criminal investigation and prosecution, intimidation, harassment and censorship. The severity of the Turkish...

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Audio program

03 May 2017

The once mighty Fairfax media company is taking the axe to its newsrooms across the country. It will cut about 125 journalists at The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age in Melbourne The Australian Financial Review, and websites Brisbane Times and WAToday.

That is on top of 120 jobs cut last...

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Video lecture/presentation

01 May 2017

More than two centuries into the American experiment, there is still vigorous disagreement about the reasons for protecting speech, and about whether we protect it enough, or too much. Technological change is transforming this debate because it is transforming the way we communicate. On May 1,...

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Website

01 May 2017

Published every year since 2002 by Reporters Without Borders (RSF), the World Press Freedom Index is an important advocacy tool based on the principle of emulation between states. Because it is well known, its influence over governments is growing. Many heads of state and government fear its...

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