2018 Latest News
The N&MRC is delighted to host Professor Eli Skogerbø from the University of Oslo through the University of Canberra’s Distinguished Visitor Program from 11-20 July. She will be delivering a Masterclass in the Discourse after the Digital workshop Tuesday 17 July, and a keynote address at the Digital Participation symposium on 18 July.
N&MRC PhD candidate Dan Andrew was awarded the 2018 Grant Noble Award for the best postgraduate paper presented at the Australian and News Zealand Communication Association (ANZCA) Annual Conference in Auckland, New Zealand. The title of Dan's paper is ‘Programmatic Trading: The future of audience economics’, which is a pioneering work on how digital tools are changing the media markets. Congratulations Dan!
The N&MRC congratulates Caroline Fisher for winning the 2018 Anne Dunn Scholar Award. This is an internationally competitive $3000 prize funded jointly by the Australia New Zealand Communication Association (ANZCA), Journalism Education and Research Association of Australia (JERAA), and Anne Dunn’s family. The Award honours the life and work of former academic and broadcaster Anne Dunn and recognises excellence in communication and journalism research http://www.jeraa.org.au/grants-&-awards/. It will be formally announced at the ANZCA conference in Auckland, 4-7 July.
Congratulations to Centenary Research Professor Deborah Lupton, who will receive an honorary doctorate from the University of Copenhagen in recognition of her accomplishments in the field of sociology. This prestigious award will be conferred in Denmark in November. Deborah has also been nominated for the 2018 ACT Heart Foundation Women with Heart Awards. Together with a team of nine other investigators, Deborah has received the 2018 University of Melbourne Networked Society Institute Seed Grant. The grant was awarded for the project ‘Developing an ethics for health data curation, customisation and consumption using participatory design’.
The N&MRC launched the Digital News Report: Australia 2018 on Thursday June 14 at Old Parliament House in Canberra. Prior to the launch, report co-author Caroline Fisher spoke with ABC Radio Canberra about the key findings of the report (@13:20). Together with co-authors Glen Fuller and Jee Young Lee, they wrote an article for The Conversation addressing Australians' reluctance to express their political views on social media. ABC News Online and The Guardian also covered the report. The report can be downloaded in full from the Communication & Media collection of Analysis & Policy Observatory: apo.org.au/node/174861. For a full list of media coverage, including articles and radio interviews, visit the Digital News Report: Australia 2018 page.
Deborah Lupton will be presenting two keynotes at conferences this month. She will speak at the Critical Health Education Studies conference in Queenstown, NZ on June 1, and at the international conference In Sickness and In Health, Sydney on June 8.
Congratulations to Caroline Fisher and Jee Young Lee, who are the recipients of a Top Paper award in the Journalism Division of the International Communications Association (ICA) 2018 conference in Prague. Their paper, 'Regaining control: Citizens who follow politicians on social media - a six country comparison', was based on data derived from the 2017 Digital News Report survey.
N&MRC Centenary Research Professor Deborah Lupton has been named Australia's top-ranked sociologist by League of Scholars, a Sydney-based data analytics start-up. Deborah is ranked number one in the world in the fields of digital sociology and the sociology of health and fitness research. Read more in the latest edition of the University's Monitor magazine.
Deborah Lupton gave an invited talk at the Australian Telehealth Conference in Sydney. Two specialised news sites covered the presentation. View the articles in Health Times and Pulse+It Magazine.
Sora Park (with Julian Thomas and Chris Wilson) has published an article in 'The Conversation' titled ‘Australia’s Digital Divide is Not Going Away’ based on an analysis of the Australian Household Use of Information Technology report by the Australian Bureau of Statistics.
Despite large investments in the National Broadband Network, the “digital divide” in Australia remains largely unchanged. We are doing more online, and we are using an increasing number of connected devices. Our homes are more connected. However, the number of people using the internet is not growing, and the basic parameters of digital inequality in Australia – age, geography, education and income – continue to define access to and uses of online resources. Almost 2.6 million Australians, according to these ABS figures, do not use the internet. Nearly 1.3 million households are not connected. So what is going on? To read the article, go to https://theconversation.com/australias-digital-divide-is-not-going-away-91834.
Deborah Lupton has published an article in 'The Conversation' titled 'Grey's Anatomy is unrealistic, but it might make junior doctors more compassionate'.
Patient experiences in the TV drama Grey’s Anatomy are, unsurprisingly, portrayed inaccurately when compared with real-life trauma cases, according to a new study.
The US-based medical team of researchers wanted to see if the long-running program, now in its fourteenth season, was realistic in showing what happens to patients when they are rushed to hospital after experiencing a major injury. They reviewed 269 episodes of the program and compared the fictional patients’ treatment and outcomes with those from a database of nearly 5,000 real patients collected in their hospital. The study was published in the journal Trauma Surgery & Acute Care Open
Sora Park was interviewed on ABC Radio, Mornings with Adam Shirley on 21st February 2018 about the Emerging Digital Divide Seminar presented by Jee Young Lee. Slides from the seminar are available at this link
University of Canberra researchers Kristyn Jackson (BGL) and Nalini Haynes (N&MRC) have developed a website, PhDpeeps, to act as a newsletter, academic resource centre, and to share research journeys locally and globally.
‘Over the past year, I’ve been party to numerous conversations about the need for this type of website at the University of Canberra,’ says Nalini. ‘With my years of experience running Dark Matter Zine, I have the skills and experience to establish something like PhD Peeps. However, I also know how much work a venture like this is; I was not prepared to undertake this project alone. When Kristyn independently decided this project was essential, I’d found my project partner.
‘Not only does Kristyn bring enthusiasm and energy to the project, she has a marketing and sociology background. Our ICT skills overlap in essential areas, while her marketing skills imbue life and energy to the website. This has enabled us to tailor PhD Peeps to a broader audience, including young researchers. We hope our rich content and collegial philosophy will appeal across the board.’
PhD Peeps has already published an advertisement for a UC alumni’s book launch, and begun the ‘Know Your Nerd’ feature, where they plan to feature thousands of researchers and research projects. Several academics have already put forward content, and more want to discuss opportunities further.
To discuss publishing opportunities on PhD Peeps, email Nalini.Haynes@canberra.edu.au, Kristyn.Jackson@canberra.edu.au, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Deborah Lupton has been interviewed for the Campus Review - 'Sliding into DMs: The academic and Twitter'.
Deborah frequently broadcasts her and related professionals’ opinions and research to her 7,634 Twitter followers – “a lot for an academic”. After taking to Twitter in 2012, initially as a way to publicise her blog, Deborah realised she could use it in a multitude of ways: to converse with other academics in real time, announce her research, call for papers, receive speaking requests, and get feedback on her research. It even led to her forging a collaborative research relationship with an overseas academic.
Deborah's social media method is hardly madness; one study found that academic journals with a Twitter presence are more widely circulated and attract more citations.
Deborah Lupton will be presenting a talk on 'Critial Digital Health Studies Now and in the Future' in Singapore on 19th of January
Deborah Lupton has published an article in The Conversation titled 'The social factors that influence whether you'll use your wearable device'. Read the article here. Deborah was also interviewed about the article on ABC Radio Hobart and on 'Talking Lifestyle' on 2UE.
Congratulations to Glen Fuller and his colleagues on their article recently published in The Conversation, 'Measures to increase cycling in Australia are predicated on failure'
Congratulations to HDR student, Zorana Kostic who has been accepted to the short term research program at Keio University for one month in Japan. Keio is a prestigious Japanese university (of similar status as Oxford and Cambridge).
Please see archives below for January - November 2017 news.
Our N&MRC 2018 Planning Day, held at the National Botanic Gardens was very well attended and an enjoyable and informative day was had by all. Presentations by N&MRC Members and HDR Students were recorded. Please contact Alanna Grant if you would like to view the presentations via a dropbox link.
Dr Maria Wiklund
Visiting from Department of Community Medicine and Rehabilitation, Umea universitet, Sweden, 10 December 2017 - 22 December 2017
Dr Maria Wiklund will be working with Deborah Lupton on a project on Swedish young men and digital mental health
Dr Chen He
Visiting from the School of Literature and Journalism, Hunan University of Commerce, China, February 2018- February 2019
Research expertise: Ethics in media communication, media literacy, digital journalism, risk communication and privacy protection in the age of big data.
Whilst visiting UC, Chen He intends to focus on the research of “Citizens' Information Rights and Personal Privacy Protection in the Age of Big Data: Based on the Perspective of Citizen's Information Literacy”
HDR student, Nalini Haynes was invited to moderate a panel at the Digital Writers Festival titled, Representation in Fan Fiction - link to the video
Nalini has also completed a series of blog posts for the ACT Writers Centre on representation in fiction. The tag for her series is at this link
Nalini also has her own website http://www.darkmatterzine.com/ including a series of interviews in various formats (text, video and/or audio). Link to interviews here
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