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ARTICLE: Australian journalists are not equipped to resist surveillance

Australian journalists “lack understanding” of the risks posed to them and their sources by state-sanctioned surveillance, Benedetta Brevini, of University of Sydney, writes. The author reviews the trend in Australian surveillance policy post-9/11 and supplements the analysis with the interviews of 10 journalists. Recently imposed laws can have a significant chilling effect on journalism seeking … Continued


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ARTICLE: Political journalists keep their Twitter profiles professional

Journalists covering parliamentary affairs in the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and New Zealand have more professional than personal Twitter profiles, Folker Hanusch, of University of Vienna, writes. Hanusch analysed the identifiable profiles of all press-gallery reporters in the four countries, 679 in total. Broadly speaking, information pertinent to a corporate identity was more common than … Continued


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ARTICLE: Newsrooms have varying ways of applying web analytics

Due to web analytics, diverging journalistic cultures might be emerging. Folker Hanusch of the University of Vienna studied the influence of analytics to newswork looking at individuals, organisations and different platforms. Analytics affects economics and advertising dynamics in newsrooms. These changes have direct effects also on journalists’ autonomy. The author conducted in-depth interviews with 21 … Continued


Violence, participation and education discussed in Australian Journalism Review

New issue of Australian Journalism Review is out now. It includes a bunch of texts from tens of scholars: for example eight articles and five book reviews. Here are just few tips: Georgina Sutherland, of University of Melbourne, Angus McCormack, of University of Canberra, Patricia Easteal, of University of Canberra, Kate Holland, University of Canberra, … Continued


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ARTICLE: Tough times for Australian journalists made redundant

Income loss was significant among Australian journalists who lost their jobs between 2012 and 2014, a new study states. The article was written by Lawrie Zion, Merryn Sherwood and Timothy Marjoribanks of La Trobe University, Andrew Dodd of Swinburne University of Technology, Penny O’Donnell of the University of Sydney and Matthew Ricketson of the University … Continued