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2017 Past Events

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

12th July
5.30pm for 6pm
Manning Clark House, 11 Tasmania Circle, Forrest

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.