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ARTICLE: Australian press depictions of asylum seekers polarized

Australian newspapers portray asylum seekers either as “victims requiring management” or as a “threat requiring military intervention”. Researchers from the Australian Deakin University, Kehla Lippi, Fiona H. McKay and Hayley J. McKenzie, analysed the representations of asylum seekers in six major newspapers, published by two companies. The period under study covered the month before and … Continued


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ARTICLE: Lifestyle journalists are not all the same

The role conceptions of lifestyle journalists vary according to their specialization, Folker Hanusch, of University of Vienna, writes. The author surveyed 616 Australian lifestyle journalists over how important they saw certain aspects of their work. Hanusch’s study recognizes four professional role conceptions: the “Service Provider”, “Life Coach”, “Community Advocate” and the “Inspiring Entertainer”. Out of … Continued


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ARTICLE: Changing coverage of violence against women

Violence against women in Australia has largely been reported as isolated events, not as a social problem requiring society-wide response. Article by Jenny Morgan, of the University of Melbourne, and Margaret Simons, of Monash University, interviewed journalists in two Australian newsrooms, which both had campaigned for social change on the issue. From the interviews, researchers … Continued


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ARTICLE: Social media users have more varied news diets

Social media users engage with more news sources per week than non-users do, write Richard Fletcher and Rasmus Kleis Nielsen, both of University of Oxford. The authors analysed survey data from Italy, Australia, United Kingdom and United States, gathered originally for the 2015 Reuters Institute’s Digital News Report. The respondents were divided into three groups … Continued


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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