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15 November 2017

Everyday Political Talk in Third Spaces

The Digital News+ Lab of the News and Media Research Centre, Faculty of Art and Design, University of Canberra, is proud to host Dr Scott Wright presenting his research on:

The extensive literature analysing the nature of political deliberation online has generally found limited evidence of deliberation, with debate polarised into like-minded communities; limited use of evidence; and significant flaming, trolling and incivility (e.g. Davis, 2005; Wilhelm, 2000; Smith et al., 2013). This literature has, however, largely focused on explicitly political online spaces (such as political discussion forums or debates on politicians’ social media) using formal definitions of politics and Habermas-inspired elite models of deliberation. In response, a new agenda for online deliberation has been proposed that focuses on the interactions of “ordinary” citizens’ informal political talk in everyday online, ‘third spaces’, such as parenting, sports, or gardening forums, using expansive notion of political talk that embrace the vernacular, expressive and porous characteristics of everyday public speech and broader definitions of ‘the political’ (Wright, 2012a, b).

This presentation will outline the concept of third space, and the methodological challenges of identifying and analysing such talk. Data from a range of case studies of UK and Australian ‘third spaces’ will be presented, showing that when people talk about politics in third spaces, they generally use evidence to support claims and refrain from trolling, flaming and abuse. Political talk is also often crosscutting (left-right) even on sensitive topics such as asylum and abortion. Furthermore, such talk leads to a wide range of political actions.

This lecture is part of DN+L Masterclass Series.  There is no need to register for the lecture but those who wish to attend the Masterclass which will commence immediately after the  lecture (details below), please visit Eventbrite to register by November 8, 2017.  Lunch/tea/coffee are provided, spaces limited.

Data Mess and Methods Workshop – part of the Digital News+Lab Masterclass Series

The Digital News+ Lab of the News and Media Research Centre, Faculty of Art and Design, University of Canberra, warmly invites you to participate in the Data Mess and Methods Workshop on digital, non-API research methods.

Presented by: Scott Wright, University of Melbourne and Glen Fuller, University of Canberra

Most digital research relies on developing a research object through queries of a platform via the application programming interface (API). This has led to a disproportionate research focus on Twitter. ‘Scraping’ webpages is an older method that allows the researcher to collect data directly from webpages. While recently described as ‘vulgar’ compared to API-based methods by Rogers (2017) , scraping gives the researcher greater freedom, flexibility and control. In this closed workshop, you will learn how to collect data from websites and social media using both scrapers and APIs.

The training will focus on Outwit Hub Pro and NodeXL, and is specifically designed for people who do not code. It is led by Dr Scott Wright (University of Melbourne) and Dr Glen Fuller (University of Canberra). Scott will begin the day by discussing his “Everyday Political talk in Third Spaces” project. This involved big data analysis of posts about politics made by participants to various non-political or everyday online forums.

The aim of the workshop is for participants to be introduced to these methods in the context of their own projects. Participants will therefore need to submit a half page summary of their project. Details of this and technical requirements will be sent to participants. Places are limited.

Dr Scott Wright

Scott is a Senior Lecturer in Culture and Communication at the University of Melbourne. He has published extensively on communication and politics with a particular focus on political communication, political participation and journalism. He has recently returned from Stanford University where he was a Visiting Fellow (Symbolic Systems), working on the relationships between tech companies and journalism. His research is multi-method, comparatively grounded, and is quantitative and qualitative - using content analysis, statistics, interviews and discourse analysis.

Dr Glen Fuller

Organiser of Data Mess and Methods Workshop.

Glen is an Assistant Professor of Journalism and Communications at the University of Canberra. With Associate Professor Sora Park he leads the Digital News+ Lab of the News and Media Research Centre.

30 October 2017

Beyond Voice:  Prospects and Challenges of Listening in Democracy

A one-day interdisciplinary symposium jointly organised by the University of Canberra's Centre for Deliberative Democracy and the News and Media Research Centre in collaboration with the University of NSW.  For more details and registration please click here

Jointly convened by Selen Ercan (UC), Kerry McCallum (UC) and Tanja Dreher (UNSW)

20 October 2017

Digital Food Cultures Symposium

Photo of 5 puppies eating from bowls


Convened by Deborah Lupton, University of Canberra: Welcome and opening address


  • Morag Kobez, Queensland University of Technology: ‘”Restaurant reviews aren’t what they used to be”: digital disruption and the transformation of the role of the food critic’
  • Markéta Dolejšová, National University of Singapore: ‘Edible Speculation: unpacking the paradoxes of digital food cultures’
  • Alana Mann, University of Sydney: ‘Are you local? Digital inclusion in participatory food planning’
  • Ellen Scott, University of South Australia: ‘The symbolic construction of food on social media by Adelaide vegans’
  • Pia Rowe, University of Canberra and Ellen Grady, Department of Education: ‘Seeing green: The rise of wellness social media influencers in the post-truth era’
  • Rachael Kent, King’s College London: ‘Social media and representations of the “health self”: “I think ooh this will be a good Instagram picture, I spend so much time moving things around on the plate, by the time I get to eat it it’s cold”’
  • Virginia Braun and Sophie Carruthers, The University of Auckland: ‘Working at self and wellness: a critical analysis of ‘healthy eating’ vlogs’
  • Emily A Buddle, Heather J Bray and Rachel A Ankeny, University of Adelaide: ‘Meet my meat! How Australian meat consumers and producers are engaging on social media’
  • Bhavna Middha, RMIT University: ‘Selfoodie: Food selfies and eating practices’
  • Faustine Regnier, Université Paris-Saclay: ‘Diet and fitness apps in daily life: diversity of uses and social affiliation’
  • Stephanie Baker, City, University of London and Michael Walsh, University of Canberra: ‘You are what you Instagram: “clean eating” and the symbolic representation of food’
  • Alice Wong, University of Melbourne: ‘The pursuit of authenticity in the digital age’

13 September 2017

Digital News+ Masterclass Series -Messy Data Research Workshop

Presented by Glen Fuller

In this workshop we built on the last N&MRC Digital News+ Lab masterclass that explored the difference between structured and unstructured data to think through how to develop expertise in using media and communications technologies for research by doing research.


  • How to think about research projects as a way to develop technical skills and knowledge?
    • Why are data geeks like this (and how do you become one)? Surely they can just answer questions simply (rather than trying to teach you how to do technical things).
    • Research as the application of method vs research as the development of skills and knowledge.
    • Learning with and through Honours and MA student projects. Discussion of five projects. Learning how others learn.
    • Activity: Developing a year-long project through which to develop skills. From initial planning to publication.
  • How do research questions develop once you have a developed a technical (and socio-technical) understanding of social media platforms and services?
    • Thinking technically. What is the dataset? How to assemble one for your year-long project. Introduction to Outwit Hub Pro and Excel.
    • How do research objects change through this process?

Dr. Glen Fuller is an Assistant Professor of Communications and Journalism. He has an excellent track record of supervising student projects and working with students to publish from them. He is co-leader of the Digital News+ Lab in the News and Media Research Centre. His most recent publications are available here:

5 September 2017

N&MRC Research Development Workshop: Winning ARC Linkage Grants

The News & Media Research Centre  hosted a workshop which was a practical training and development opportunity for researchers planning to apply for ARC Linkage Projects.

Presenter: Professor Lelia Green has been on seven successful ARC Linkage grants, six of these as the lead Chief Investigator. This interactive workshop/discussion started from first principles, addressing the hows, whys and wherefores of Linkage grant writing and winning. When do you start to look for a Linkage Partner? How many universities should you involve? What kind of research track record is necessary?

Lelia Green is Professor of Communications at Edith Cowan University working predominantly in the Media and Communications, and Cultural Studies fields. She has been lead Chief Investigator on four ARC Discovery Grants and six ARC Linkage Grants, as well as working as a CI on a seventh Linkage Project. Her past and present Linkage partners include St Vincent de Paul Society (WA), Breast Cancer Care WA, The National Heart Foundation (WA division; twice), Landgate WA and the State Library of Western Australia.

Friday 18 August 2017

Night at the Museum

Night at the Museum: Uncharted

Professor Deborah Lupton was invited to speak about her 3D food printing research at the 'Night at the Museum' event. 

Are you a risk taker? Step into the unknown at Night at the Museum: Uncharted. Delve into the weird and the wonderful, the alien and the exotic, as we discover what lies over the horizon.

Push the boundaries. Travel the unknown. Discover the unexpected. Let the night unfold and reveal itself ...

12th July 2017

The future of quality news in Australia - flyer available here

Speakers:  Katharine Murphy, Guardian journalist and Dr Caroline Fisher, Assistant Professor in Journalism, News and Media Research Centre, University of Canberra

19th June 2017

Digital Health Stakeholder Workshop

The public is now offered a wide array of digital health technologies, from search engines to electronic patient records, websites, discussion forums, social media pages, smartphone apps, self-care devices and wearable devices. We know that ‘Dr Google’ is often the first port of call for people looking for information about health and medicine, and that hundreds of thousands of health apps are now available for download.

The News & Media Research Centre and the Health Research Institute at the University of Canberra held a stakeholder workshop on digital health technologies, convened by Deborah Lupton.

We have several researchers working on digital health at UC. This workshop allowed us to learn more about what citizens and healthcare professionals find useful and want and need from these technologies. This workshop was  designed specifically for stakeholders to have a say, offering opportunities to contribute ideas to our research agenda and develop collaborations with us in future research projects based on these ideas.

Click Here to access the report

13 June

The war on words:  Is journalism disappearing from conflict zones? - A special ICRC/Australian Red Cross Event

Moderator: Dr Caroline Fisher, Assistant Professor in Journalism, University of Canberra
Panelists: Yves Daccord (Director General International Committee of the Red Cross), Peter Cave (Journalist and former foreign correspondent with ABC) and Helen Vatsikopoulos (Journalist and academic, University of Technology, Sydney 
See flyer for details

02-03 November

Engaging Innovation Conference 2016: Communication policy in a disrupted landscape

View the conference website for details of conference speakers and abstracts, including full access to past papers from the 2013 Emerging Issues in Communication Research and Policy conference and the Communication Policy and Research Forum.

13 May

Digital potentials for health: Narrowing the divide

A public symposium co-hosted by the N&MRC and the Health Research Institute
Location: Ann Harding Conference Centre
Time: 9am-3pm

Register: via the Eventbrite website.

This symposium explored the promise of digital connectivity in the health context. Academics from various disciplines, health practitioners, policymakers and users of digital health tools for participated in an open discussion about how we can better implement and utilise digital technologies in health care and management.

4 May

Technological Change, Convergence of Things and Issues of ICT and the Media Market in Korea

Presenter: Dr Gwangjae Kim
Location: 5B55b
Time: 11am-12pm

N&MRC Visiting Fellow for 2016 Dr Gwangjae Kim presented a seminar on media markets and technological change in Korea.

16 February

Spin & Secrecy: Refugees and the Media

Presenter: Dr Michelle Dunne Breen
Location: Manning Clarke Lecture Theatre, ANU
Time: 6.30pm

This free public forum aims to shed light on how the culture of spin and secrecy surrounding Australia's treatment of refugees and asylum seekers has impacted on the ability of journalists to provide accurate and impartial information. The forum is organised by the Refugee Action Committee and is co-hosted by The News & Media Research Centre. For more information regarding the forum and the speakers, visit the Refugee Action Committee website.

14 September

Theorising Digital Society Symposium

This one-day symposium presented new research that brought theoretical perspectives to bear on contemporary digital media and other digital technologies. A collection of tweets from the day is available via storify.

29 June

Pregnancy, Parenting and Digital Media Seminar

This special seminar featured presentations from N&MRC Centenary Professor Deborah Lupton and visiting fellows to UC Professor Sarah Pedersen from Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen and Dr Gareth Thomas from Cardiff University. They spoke about their current collaborative research projects investigating the ways in which pregnant women and parents use digital media such as online parenting forums, blogs and other websites, mobile apps and social media. Listen to the podcast of the seminar on our Resources webpage.
Time: 10am-11.30am. Location: Seminar Room 5B55a.

28 May

Journalism Masterclass

The N&MRC is hosting a special Masterclass with investigative journalist Nick Davies from The Guardian. Nick is also a documentary-maker and has written six books, most recently Hack Attack: How the Truth Caught Up with Rupert Murdoch (2014).
To register your attendance at the class, email
Time: 10.30am-12.00pm. Location: Seminar Room 5B55a.

10 April

Speculative Design Ethnography Workshop

Anne Galloway from Victoria University of Wellington will host a workshop on speculative design ethnography. This will be a chance for Faculty members and research students to learn about an exciting new approach to ethnographic research.
Time: 10am-4pm. Location: Seminar Room 5B55b

1 Oct

The N&MRC/Public Communication Research Cluster Seminar Series

The next seminar in the series will be presented by Stephen Cassidy. Stephen is a cultural researcher, writer and commentator, and will be speaking on the topic of The nexus between research and policy: where Government, researchers, institutions and 'the short answer' collide. For details of this and all other seminars held this year, visit the seminar series page.

27 Nov

The Digital Academic: Academic Work in the Online Era Symposium

Centenary Research Professor Deborah Lupton will be convening a one-day symposium with Inger Mewburn (ANU), Charlotte Frost (City University of Hong Kong) and Pat Thompson (University of Nottingham). More details will be released in the coming months.

15 Sep

Big Data Cultures Symposium

Centenary Research Professor Deborah Lupton convened a one-day symposium that addressed the social, cultural, political and ethical issues and implications of the big data phenomenon. Details of the program are available on the webpage.

26 Aug

Working with the Crowd: Engaging Participation in Online Crowds and Communities

In a public lecture presented at the National Library of Australia, Distinguished Visiting Scholar Professor Caroline Haythornthwaite examined the challenges of harnessing the contributory power of the crowd to address the needs of the workplace. Click here for more information.

27 Aug

Concepts and Methods Workshop: Structural Approaches to Online Communities and Networks

In this research practice-oriented workshop graduate students and early-career researchers had the opportunity to present their work and obtain feedback from a panel of specialists comprising Professor Caroline Haythornthwaite (University of British Columbia), Associate Professor Robert Ackland (ANU) and Associate Professor Mathieu O'Neil (UC). Panel members discussed some of the latest developments in web social science, social network analysis, and online field theory. See the workshop webpage for details.

28 Aug

Covering Traumatic Events

In this special seminar Bruce Shapiro addressed the issues surrounding covering traumatic events without traumatising yourself or those you report on. Bruce is the Executive Director of the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma at Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism. The Dart Center encourages innovative reporting on violence, conflict and tragedy worldwide from the Center's headquarters in New York City.

25 Nov

The N&MRC/Public Communication Research Cluster Seminar Series

The final seminar in the series for 2013 was held on the 25th of November. For details of this and all other seminars held this year, visit the seminar series page by clicking this link. A schedule of seminars for Semester 1, 2014 will be released in early 2014.

18 Nov

The N&MRC Conference: Emerging Issues in Communication Research and Policy

The N&MRC hosted a two-day conference on the 18th and 19th of November 2013. It was a forum for academic researchers, industry practitioners and government professionals to analyse the impact of the changing media landscape on policy development. Conference Proceedings will be published on this website in the coming weeks. Visit the conference website for more information.

13 Mar

Launch of the News and Media Research Centre

Deputy Vice Chancellor Frances Shannon, Professor Peter Putnis, Professor Lyndon Anderson and Professor Jen Webb at the launch of the faculty's two new research centresThe News and Media Research Centre, together with the Centre for Creative and Cultural Research, was officially launched on Wednesday the 13th of March by Professor Lyndon Anderson, Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Design. In attendance were Professor Frances Shannon, Deputy Vice Chancellor Research, Professor Jen Webb, Director of the CCCR, and Professor Peter Putnis, Director of the N&MRC.

14 Feb

The News and Media Research Centre Seminar

Professor Robert G. Picard hosting the N&MRC seminarThe News and Media Research Centre hosted a seminar presented by Distinguished Visitor Professor Robert G. Picard on the topic 'Social needs and the inefficiencies of media markets'. Professor Picard is the Director of the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journailsm at Oxford University. He also presented an address to the National Press Club during his visit.

23 Nov

Media and Indigenous Policy Symposium

mediapolicy_webpicIn November 2012 we ran a Media and Indigenous Policy Symposiusm addressing the question of 'How News Media Reporting and Mediatised Practice Impact on Indigenous Policy'.

9 Oct

Symposium on the Future of the NBN

brochure image from the NBN Future Symposium.Last October, we conducted a public symposium called 'Converging on an NBN Future' which, as well as academic researchers, included representatives from the Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, The Australian Communications and Media Authority and NBN Co.