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2017 Upcoming Events

26 April

Water security, digital space and algorithms: building sustainable communities through engagement, innovation and digitally embedded communication.

Presenter: Anji Perera
Location: 11B56
Time: 12.30-1.30pm


3  May

Bearing witness: media and the Royal Commission

Presenter: Danielle Redmond, Royal Commission’s Director of Media and Communication
Location: 11B56
Time: 12.30-1.30pm


10 May

‘Both Fascinating and Disturbing’: Consumer Responses to 3D Food Printing and Implications for Food Activism

Presenter: Deborah Lupton and Bethaney Turner
Location: 11B56
Time: 12.30-1.30pm


Latest News

April News

Farewell and good luck to Matthew Ricketson who will be taking up a new position as Professor of Communication at Deakin University.  Thank you for your huge contribution to the News and Media Research Centre over the past 7 years.

N&MRC PhD Candidate, Morris Carpenter is presenting at the World Congress on Public Health held in Melbourne from the 3-7th April 2017.  His digital poster is titled 'mHealth adoption for the self-management of type 2 diabetes' .  View digital poster here.

February News

N&MRC PhD Candidate Catherine Page Jeffery spoke to ABC local radio about her research on parental anxieties about their teenage children's use of digital technologies. Listen to the interview here.

January News

Congratulations to Senior Research Fellow, Dr Kate Holland who will be an international visiting academic at Massey University in New Zealand during April 2017.  Kate will be working with Dr Andrew Dickson in the School of Management (Massey University) and Dr Isaac Warbrick ( Auckland University of Technology) on the project 'Rethinking the business of weight loss'.

N&MRC News Archive

2016 News

November News

The Engaging Innovation 2016 communication and media policy conference was held in Sydney on 2-3 November. The conference was the second in the N&MRC's Emerging Issues in Communication Research and Policy conference series, following on from the 2013 conference held on-campus. Well-attended by industry practitioners, policy-makers and academics, Engaging Innovation highlighted the strong scholarly and pragmatic links between communication, media and journalism.

September News

Professor Deborah Lupton and her colleagues from the UK have been awarded a 2016-2017 Wellcome Trust Grant (UK) for the project 'The digital health generation: the impact of healthy lifestyle technologies on young people's learning identities and health practices'. Congratulations Deborah!

August News

N&MRC researchers Dr Kate Holland and Dr Michelle Dunne Breen contributed to a recently-launched report examining media representations of violence against women. Funded by a grant from Australia's National Research Organisation for Women's Safety (ANROWS), the report is one of the largest analyses into media reporting of domestic violence around the world. Download the report from the Communication and media section of Policy Online, and read more about the report in the Monitor.

June News

N&MRC has launched the Digital News Report: Australia 2016, the second annual survey of news consumption in Australia in collaboration with the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at the University of Oxford. Read more about the report's key findings here.

Centenary Professor Deborah Lupton spoke to WIN News about the impact of social media. Watch the interview via this link.

May News

N&MRC researchers Sora Park and Sally Burford spoke to WIN News about the findings from a pilot program they conducted investigating the use of mobile devices in the treatment of type 2 diabetes. Watch the interview here and read more about the pilot program on UC's monitor website.

April News

Deborah Lupton spoke to about health applications that don't have a privacy policy and explains why it is becoming a concerning trend. Read the article on the ABC website.

February News

Congratulations to N&MRC Associate Professor Kerry McCallum and PhD Candidate Tess Ryan who have been awarded project funding by UC's Collaborative indigenous Research Initiative (UC CIRI). The grant of $39,652 will fund the 'Deficit Metrics in Indigenous Education' project, which will examine the use of statistics and other official attempts to describe and quantify achievement in Aboriginal education.

January News

The N&MRC welcomes Dr Gwangjae Kim to the University of Canberra. Dr Kim will be a Visiting Scholar with the News & Media Research Centre until December 2016. He is Associate Professor at the Department of Advertising & Media, Hanyang Cyber University, South Korea. His research focuses on media and telecommunication policy, media industries and media literacy. Dr Kim is currently an Advisor for the National Information Agency and Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning in Korea. During his sabbatical at the University of Canberra, he plans to conduct comparative research across media and broadband policies.

Congratulations to Centenary Research professor Deborah Lupton, who is part of an international network of scholars awarded $450,000 Swedish Krona for the project 'Self-tracking and Automatised Bodies' (2016-2018).

December News

Congratulations to Centenary Research professor Deborah Lupton, who is part of an international network of scholars awarded $450,000 Swedish Krona for the project 'Self-tracking and Automatised Bodies' (2016-2018). Deborah Lupton with Associate Professor Martin Berg (co-ordinator), Associate Professor Vaike Fors, Christopher Martin, all of Halmstead University, Sweden, Professor Tom O'Dell, Lund University, Sweden, Professor Sarah Pink, RMIT University, Dr Minna Ruckenstein, Dr Mika Pantzar, both of the University of Helsinki, Finland).

November News

In the wake of the terror attacks in Paris, Assistant Professor Glen Fuller spoke to 2SER about why people feel the need to vent on social media after an event like this, and how productive it might be. Listen to the podcast on the 2SER website.

Congratulations to Associate Professor Jerry Watkins, N&MRC Director, on his successful project in the latest ARC funding round for 2016. Jerry is a Chief Investigator on a Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities (LIEF) project hosted by Swinburne University of Technology. Jerry's involvement will focus upon new systems and formats to advance online and mobile collection and dissemination of resources for communication and media policy and research. This study builds upon the News & Media Research Centre's leadership of the Communication and Media section of Australian Policy Online, the essential online research database.

October News

Centenary Research Professor Deborah Lupton's new report was released on the 15th of October. It was co-authored with Professor Sarah Pedersen from Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen, who worked with Deborah on a visiting fellowship in Canberra earlier this year. The report, 'What is happening with your body and your baby': Australian women's use of pregnancy and parenting apps, can be downloaded on the publications page of our website.

N&MRC congratulates PhD candidate Teresa Ryan on her award for the best student paper at the Australian Political Studies Association Conference, held on campus last month. Teresa's paper was titled Where have all those black women gone? The curious case of missing visible indigenous women in the media and what it means for leadership in indigenous Australia.

September News

The Theorising Digital Society Symposium was held on the 14th of September. The event's Twitter hashtag #TDS15 trended throughout the day, and a storify of tweets can be found here.

August News

Centre members Kate Holland and Kerry McCallum presented the findings of their report 'Conversations about alcohol and pregnancy' on Wednesday the 12th of August at the ACT Legislative Assembly. The report was launched in conjunction with the Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education (FARE)'s campaign 'Women Want to Know'. The ACT's Health Minister and Deputy Chief Minister, Simon Corbell MLA, was in attendance.

June News

On the 16th of June N&MRC released its Digital News Report: Australia 2015, the first the first in a series of annual reports which will track changes in news consumption in Australia over time.

Coinciding with the launch of the report, the Centre also assumed editorship of the Communication & Media collection of Australian Policy Online, the essential online research database providing access to research reports and other resources essential for public policy development and implementation.

May News

N&MRC welcomes two Visiting Fellows, Professor Sarah Pedersen from the Department of Communication, Marketing and Media, Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen, and Dr Gareth Thomas from the School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University. Sarah and Gareth will be working with N&MRC Centenary Research Professor Deborah Lupton on the use of digital media during pregnancy.

March News

N&MRC Research Associate Michelle Dunne Breen has contributed an article to The Conversation. The article, 'For the real story on Indigenous Australia, social beats old media', can be read in full on the website.

Centre Member Dr Caroline Fisher was awarded a $6,000 grant from the Journalism Education & Research Association of Australia (JERAA) for her project titled 'Press secretary to press gallery: managing conflict of interest and perceptions of partisanship'.

Academic Work in the Digital Era Symposium

On the 27th of November Centenary Research Professor Deborah Lupton convened a one-day symposium of international scholars including Inger Mewburn (ANU), Charlotte Frost (City University of Hong Kong), Pat Thompson (University of Nottingham), and the University of Canberra's Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Education Nick Klomp. Symposium attendees addressed issues currently faced by academics, the use of social media in academia, as well as looking to the future. The following day Professor Lupton chaired a panel event at the ANU on "The risks and rewards of academic social media engagement: do you have to tweet and blog to be relevant".

Three N&MRC researchers receive ARC Discovery Project funding

The N&MRC congratulates three of our researcher on their successful Discovery Project grants in the latest round of ARC funding. Associate Professor Kerry McCallum and colleagues have won a Discovery Indigenous project via ANU on the prevalence of deficit discourse and its influence on Indigenous education. Centenary Research Professor Deborah Lupton and colleagues have won a Discovery Project via Southern Cross to study digital health and physical education. Professor Matthew Ricketson and colleagues have won a Discovery Project via La Trobe to investigate the digital reinvention of Australian journalism.

Deborah Lupton's Digital Sociology is out now

Centenary Research Professor Deborah Lupton's new book Digital Sociology was recently released and is available on Amazon and via the publisher's website. Digital Sociology is essential reading not only for students and academics in sociology, anthropology, media and communication, digital cultures, digital humanities, internet studies, science and technology studies, cultural geography and social computing, but for other readers interested in the social impact of digital technologies.

Professor Matthew Ricketson's ARC Linkage Project application with La Trobe University is successful

Posted: 30th June 2014

Congratulations go to the N&MRC's Professor Matthew Ricketson for his successful ARC Linkage Grant Application. The grant will be administered by La Trobe University, and will be conducted with Partner Organisations the Australian Broadcasting Organisation, the National Library of Australia and the Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance.

The three-year project is a multifaceted, innovative and timely analysis of the role of mass redundancies, forced career changes and the digital reinvention of Australian journalism at a time of industry restructure and technological change. In this project, academics and industry stakeholders join forces to explore how to best address questions about professional journalism's experience of structural transformation and its capacity to adapt positively to change. The project aims to provide the first in-depth account of the complex interplay between economic, technological, workplace and career pressures reshaping professional journalism.

New book on narrative non-fiction by Matthew Ricketson, Professor of Journalism

Posted: 24th June 2014

Matthew Rickeston, Professor of Journalism and N&MRC researcher, has recently published a new book entitled Telling True Stories. The book explores the key challenges in writing narrative non-fiction. In addition to this latest release, Matthew has also co-authored a chapter with N&MRC Adjunct Professor Franco Papandrea in the edited book State Aid for Newspapers - Theories, Cases, Actions. Another book chapter, 'The Gillard Government and the media' by Matthew and Sally Young, has been published in The Gillard Government: Australian Commonwealth Administration 2010-2013, edited by Chris Aulich.

Deborah Lupton's report on academics' use of social media released

Posted: 10th June 2014

Professor Deborah Lupton's article on the findings from her recently released report, 'Feeling Better Connected: Academics' Use of Social Media' (available for download in full here), has been published on The Conversation website. The article, Status anxiety: should academics be using social media?, suggests that despite the possible negative aspects, social media can facilitate connections between academics and promote an exchange of ideas. The Australian has also featured an article on this research, which is available (via paywall) at this link. Deborah tweets @DALupton

NMRC researchers receive ACT Strategic Opportunities Funding

Posted: 27th April 2014

Associate Professor Sora Park and Associate Professor Sally Burford are to conduct an mHealth pilot program at ACT GP Super Clinic in collaboration with Leif Hanlen (NICTA), Paul Dugdale (ANU Medical School), Paresh Dawda (ACT GP Super Clinic), John Burns (Ochre Health), and Christopher Nolan (ACT Diabetes Service, Canberra Hospital). They were awarded $100,000 for their project "Mobile digital communication and health management: An mHealth pilot program at the ACT GP Super Clinic" from the ACT government to investigate how mobile digital communication can increase efficiency and quality of primary healthcare. Through this exploratory research, the team will identify benefits of and barriers to introducing mHealth at the Super Clinic. It will inform and drive healthcare debate and any necessary policy change, as service and communication are complemented by digital technologies.

State of the Newspaper Industry 2013 Report findings published by The Conversation 

Posted: 26th February 2014

Adjunct Professor Franco Papandrea has written an article for The Conversation website on his recent publication State of the Newspaper Industry in Australia, 2013. The report, which was recently published by the N&MRC, can be downloaded in full on our publications page. 

The N&MRC welcomes Centenary Research Professor Deborah Lupton

Posted: 24th February 2014

The N&MRC has kicked off the 2014 academic year by welcoming Centenary Research Professor Deborah Lupton to the Faculty of Arts and Design. Professor Lupton's research and teaching is multidisciplinary, incorporating sociology, media and communication and cultural studies. She is the author of 13 books and over 130 journal articles and book chapters on topics including the social and cultural dimensions of medicine and public health; risk; the body; parenting cultures; digital technologies; food; obesity politics; and the emotions.

Deborah Lupton presented the opening plenary at the 13th Social Research Conference on HIV, Viral Hepatitis and Related Diseases, UNSW, 20 February 2014, on the topic of 'The digital health phenomenon: promises and limitations'.

Three articles by Deborah Lupton were recently published:

Lupton, D. (2014) 'How do you measure up?' Assumptions about 'obesity' and health-related behaviors in 'obesity' prevention campaigns. Fat Studies, 3(1), 32—44

Lupton, D. (2014) The commodification of patient opinion: the digital patient experience economy in the age of big data. Sociology of Health & Illness, online first, doi: 10.1111/1467-9566.12109.

Lupton, D. (2014) The pedagogy of disgust: ethical, moral and political implications of using disgust in public health campaigns. Critical Public Health, online first, doi: 10.1080/09581596.2014.885115.

Launch of the 'Italy in the Australian News Media, 2005-2012' report

Posted: 11th November 2013

Adjunct Professor Franco Papandrea, Professor Peter Putnis, Italian Ambassador H.E. Pier Francesco Zazo, Professor Warwick Blood and On. Marco Fedi at the launch of the reportThe N&MRC's latest report, 'Italy in the Australian News Media, 2005-2012' was launched on Thursday 7th of November at the Italian Ambassador's residence in Canberra. Special guests included Ambassador His Excellency Pier Franceso Zazo, the Honorable Vicki Dunne MLA, On. Marco Fedi, and members of Canberra's Italian community.

Kate Holland, N&MRC Postdoctoral Fellow, awarded prestigious grant

Posted: 11th November 2013

Congratulations to Dr Kate Holland, postdoctoral fellow in communication, who obtained a nationally-competitive Discovery Early Career Researcher Award worth $375,289 from the Australian Research Council. Her research project will look at how media shape the public and professional understanding and communication about mental health issues and contribute to policy-making around these practices. For more information, read the article on the Monitor website.

The N&MRC welcomes new Associate Professor Mathieu O'Neil

Posted: 28th October 2013

Associate Professor Mathieu O'Neil joined the News and Media Research Centre in October 2013. A New paper by Mathieu titled 'Collaborative Internet Governance: Terms and Conditions of Analysis' has been published in the special issue on Contested Internet Governance of the Revue française d'études américaines:

"Online projects are communities of practice which attempt to bypass the hierarchies of everyday life and to create autonomous institutions and forms of organisation. A wealth of theoretical frameworks have been put forward to account for these networked actors' capacity to communicate and self-organise. This article reviews terminology used in Internet research and assesses what it implies for the understanding of regulatory-oriented collective action".

N&MRC PhD Candidate pens article for The Conversation

Posted: 10th October 2013

David Marshall, a PhD Candidate in Communication, was recently invited to contribute an article to The Conversation, one of Australia's largest independent news websites. The article, entitled 'Feeding the chooks: Abbott, Howard and media management', compares the ways in which newly elected Prime Minister Tony Abbott has handled his media appearances over the past month, to how John Howard ran his press office while Prime Minister. The article examines several key incidents in Abbott's first weeks in office to argue that despite appearances, 'Abbott's media directive is all about co-ordination, not control'.

The full article can be read on the website at

N&MRC researcher evaluates iPads as research tools

Posted: 12th May 2013

UC researchers evaluate Ipads for effective learningResearch conducted by The N&MRC's Associate Professor Sora Park and Assistant Professor Sally Burford from Knowledge and Information Studies was recently featured in 'Monitor', the University's Magazine. The research looked at whether an increasing use of technology such as ipads can benefit university students' digital media literacy, with some surprising results. Download the full article here (.pdf 280KB).