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McCallum, Prof. Kerry

Professor, Communication & Media Studies
Faculty of Arts & Design
Bldg, Floor & Room: 9, C8
Telephone: (02) 6201 5933
Kerry.McCallum@canberra.edu.au

Academic Director, Graduate Research
Telephone: (02) 6201 2819

Biography

Kerry McCallum holds joint appointments at the University of Canberra as Professorial Research Fellow in the News & Media Research Centre, Faculty of Arts and Design and Academic Director, Graduate Research. Her research in Political Communication specialises in the relationships between changing media and Australian social policy, particularly in Indigenous affairs. She has a strong record of grants management and research translation, with more than 60 academic publications and research reports since entering academia in 2005.

Kerry is actively involved in the field of Communication and Media Studies in Australia and internationally; she is former President of the Australian and New Zealand Communication Association (ANZCA) and Member of the Australian Institute for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS). She is a member of the Australian Council of Graduate Research. This trajectory is supported and grounded by nearly a decade of previous professional experience working in federal parliament in political and media advisory roles.

Areas of Teaching

  • Currently Research Only
  • Available for Honours, MA and PhD supervision

Research Interests

  • Political Communication
  • The Communication of Inquiry
  • Indigenous media and journalism
  • The mediatisation of politics and policy
  • Indigenous policy and media discourse
  • Changing media and political participation

Qualifications Obtained

  • 2005 PhD, University of Canberra, Australia. 'Local talk as a construction of public opinion about Indigenous Issues in Australia'
  • 1988 Bachelor of Arts in Communication, Canberra College of Advanced Education (University of Canberra)

Research Profiles

ORCID ID: orcid.org/0000-0001-7567-2125
Academia.edu: canberra.academia.edu/KerryMcCallum

Recent Publications

Books

  • McCallum, K. & Waller, L. (2017) The dynamics of media and Indigenous policy in Australia. London: Intellect.
  • McKellar, H., as told to McCallum, K. (2000) Woman from No Where. Broom: Magabala Books.

Book Chapters

  • McCallum, K., Waller, L. & Dreher, T. (2018, in press) ‘Beyond deficit discourse: reframing debate in Indigenous education’ in, Schapals, A. K., Bruns, A. & McNair, B (eds) Digitizing democracy, London, Routledge.
  • McCallum, K. & Waller, L. (2017) ‘Indigenous media in Australia: traditions, theories and contemporary practices’ in Budarick, J. & Han Soon, G. eds, Minorities and media: producers, industries, audiences. London, Palgrave McMillan, pp. 105-124.
  • Dreher, T., McCallum, K. & Waller, L. (2017) ‘Disruption or Transformation? Australian policymaking in the face of Indigenous contestation’ In R Celikates, J de Kloet, E Peeren & R Celikates (eds) Global Cultures of Contestation: Mobility, Sustainability, Connectivity & Aesthetics. London, Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 214-240.
  • McCallum, K. & Waller, L. (2016) ‘Media stars and neoliberal news agendas in Indigenous policymaking’ in W. Sanders, Engaging Indigenous Economy: debating diverse approaches. Canberra: CAEPR Research Monograph No. 34, pp. 171-181.
  • McCallum, K. (2010) News and local talk: Conversations about the 'crisis of Indigenous violence' in Australia' in S. Elizabeth Bird, The anthropology of news and journalism, Evansville: University of Indiana Press, pp. 151-167.

Journal Articles

  • McCallum, K., & Holland, K. (2018) ‘To drink or not to drink’: Media framing of evidence and debate about alcohol consumption in pregnancy. Critical Public Health 28(4), 412-423.
  • Waller, L. & McCallum, K. (2018) How television moved a nation: media, change and Indigenous rights, Media, Culture & Society 40(7), 992-1007.
  • Fisher, C., Marshall, D. & McCallum, K. (2018) Bypassing the press gallery: from Howard to Hanson, Media International Australia, 167(1), 57-70.
  • Waller, L., Gorringe, S. & McCallum, K. (2018) Resisting the truancy trap: Indigenous media and school attendance in ‘remote’ Australia, #eduresistance special issue of Postcolonial Directions in Education. http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30116173.
  • McCallum, K. & Holland, K. (2017) To drink or not to drink: Media framing of evidence and debate about alcohol consumption in pregnancy’, Critical Public Health, 214-243.
  • Holland, K., Walton, A, & McCallum, K. (2016) ‘I’m not clear on what the risk is’: Women’s reflexive negotiations of uncertainty about alcohol during pregnancy, Health, Risk and Society, 18(1-2), 38-58.
  • McCallum, K. & Waller, L. (2017) The dimensions of mediatized policy-making in Australian Indigenous affairs, Communications: The European Journal of Communication 42(2), 173-193.
  • Waller, L. & McCallum, K. (2016) Keystone media: The Australian and Indigenous affairs. Media International Australia, 109-119.
  • McCallum, K. & Waller, L. (2016) 'Media stars and neoliberal news agendas in Indigenous policymaking' in W. Sanders, Engaging Indigenous Economy: debating diverse approaches. Canberra: CAEPR Research Monograph No. 34, pp. 171-181.
  • Dreher, T., McCallum, K. and Waller, L. (2016) Indigenous voices and mediatized policy-making in the digital age, Information, Communication & Society, 19 (1), pp. 23-39.
  • McCallum, K., Waller, L. & Dreher, T. (2016) Mediatization, marginalization and disruption in Australian Indigenous affairs, 'Political Agency in the Digital Age' themed edition Media and Communication 4 (4), pp. 30-42.
  • Nguyen, L. & McCallum, K. (2016) Drowning in our own home: A metaphor-led discourse analysis of Australian news media reporting on maritime asylum seekers, Journal of Communication Research and Practice, 2, 2, pp. 159-176.
  • Sweet, M., Geia, L., Dudgeon, P., & McCallum, K. (2015) #IHMayDay: tweeting for empowerment and social and emotional wellbeing, Australasian Psychiatry, 23, 6, pp. 636-640. DOI: 10.1177/10398562 15609762.
  • Waller, L., Dreher, T. & McCallum, K. (2015) The listening key: Unlocking the democratic potential of Indigenous participatory media. Media International Australia154, pp. 57-66.
  • Sweet, M., Dudgeon, P., McCallum, K., and Ricketson, M. (2014) Decolonising practices: can journalism learn from health care to improve Indigenous health outcomes? Medical Journal of Australia 2014; 200 (11), pp. 626-627.
  • Waller, L. & McCallum, K. (2014). Don't cut off our tongues: Yolngu voices in news media and policymaking. Communication, Politics and Culture, 47(1) pp. 18-31.
  • McCallum, K. (2013). 'Distant and intimate conversations: media and Indigenous health policy in Australia', Critical Arts 27 (2) 324-343.
  • McCallum, K. and Waller, L. (2013) 'The Intervention of media power in Indigenous policy-making, Media International Australia 149, pp. 139-149.
  • Putnis, P. & McCallum, K. (2013). 'Reuters, propaganda-inspired news, and the Australian press during World War 1'. Media History, vol 19, no. 3, 2013, 284-304.
  • McCallum, K. (2013). 'Distant and intimate conversations:  media and Indigenous health policy in Australia', Critical Arts 27 (2) 324-343. 
  • McCallum, K. and Reid, H. (2012) Little children and big men: Campaigning journalism and Indigenous policy, Australian Journalism Review 32 (2) (in press, accepted 22/11/201)
  • McCallum, K. and Waller, L. (2012) 'Raising the volume: Indigenous voices in news media and policy', Media International Australia 142, pp. 101-111.
  • McCallum, K. (2011) 'Journalism and Indigenous Health policy', Australian Aboriginal Studies, 2011/Number 2, pp. 21-31.
  • McCallum. K. and Holland, K. (2010) Indigenous and multicultural discourses in Australian news media reporting, Australian Journalism Review 32 (2), pp. 5-18.
  • McCallum, K. and Papandrea, F. (2009). Community business: the internet and remote Australian Indigenous communities, New Media and Society 11(7), pp. 1-22.
  • McCallum, K. & Putnis, P. (2008) 'Media Management in wartime: the impact of censorship on press-government relations in World War I Australia'. Media History 14 (1), pp. 17-34.
    McCallum, K. (2007) 'Public opinion about Indigenous issues in Australia: local talk and journalistic practice'. Australian Journalism Monographs 8. Gold Coast, QLD, Griffith University.
  • McCallum, K. (2006) Local talk as grounded method: elaborating media and public opinion on Indigenous issues. International Journal of the Humanities 3, pp. 1-10.
  • Pirkis, J., Blood, R. W., Francis, C. & McCallum, K. (2006) 'On-screen portrayals of mental illness: extent, nature and impacts'. Journal of Health Communication 11 (5), pp. 523-541.
  • Blood, R.W., McCallum, K., Pirkis, J., Martin, G., Holland, K. & Williams, J. (2005) Schizophrenia in the Australian Press: News frames and metaphors in representing mental health to lay publics. Australian Journalism Review, 27 (2), pp. 7-23.
  • Blood, R. W., Williams, J. and McCallum, K. (2003) Representations of public risk: Illegal drugs in the Australian press. Media International Australia 108, pp. 82-100.
  • McCallum, K. (2003) Walking and talking reconciliation: An analysis of the role of local talk as a construction of public opinion on indigenous issues in Australia. Australian Journal of Communication 3 (2), pp. 115-122.

Edited Collections

  • McCallum, K. and Waller, L. eds. (2013) 'Indigenous Media Practice. Themed edition of Media International Australia 149, November 2013.
  • McCallum, K (ed) (2012) Media and Indigenous Policy. Report of the Australian News Media and Indigenous Policymaking 1988-2008 project. Canberra, University of Canberra. November 2012.
  • McCallum, K. (2010) ed. Media, Democracy and Change. Refereed Proceedings of the Australian and New Zealand Communication Association Conference 2010.

Published Refereed Conference Publications

  • Kurian, J., Watkins, J., & McCallum, K (2017) User-generated content on the Facebook page of Emergency Management Organizations: Perspectives of Emergency Management Administrators, Proceedings of the Australia New Zealand Communication Association Conference, University of Sydney, 4-6 July. Sydney, Australia. https://www.anzca.net/conferences/past-conferences/2017-conf.html
  • Nguyen, L. & McCallum, K. (2015) Critical metaphor analysis from a communication perspective: a case study of Australian news media discourse on immigration and asylum seekers, Proceedings of the Australian and New Zealand Communication Association conference, Queenstown, 8-10 July 2015.
  • Freeman, J. & McCallum, K. (2013) Public Connection with Local Government: Desires and Frustrations of Articulating Local Issues, Proceedings of Emerging issues in Communication and Media research: Conference of the News and Media Research Centre. Canberra, News and Media Research Centre.
  • Dunne Breen, M. and McCallum, K (2013) 'In crisis, on crisis: technology-driven industrial change and the Northern Territory Emergency Response 2007', Proceedings of the 2013 Australia New Zealand Communication Association Conference, Murdoch University, 3-5 July. Fremantle, Australia.
  • Reid, H. and McCallum, K. (2012) 'Weighing in: The Australian's reporting of child sexual abuse in Northern Territory Indigenous communities. Proceedings of the 2012 Australia New Zealand Communication Association Conference, University of Sout Australia, 5-6 July. Adelaide, Australia.
  • McCallum, K. (2012) 'Distant and intimate conversations: media and Indigenous health policy in Australia' Paper presented to the International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR), 23-25 July, Durban, South Africa.
  • McCallum, K. (2012) 'The mediatization of Indigenous policymaking in Australia', Paper presented to the International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR), 23-25 July, Durban, South Africa.
  • Putnis, P. & McCallum, K. (2010). Reuters and the Australian Press During World War 1. Paper presented to the International Communication Association Conference, Singapore, June, 2010.
  • Putnis, P. & McCallum, K. (2010). In the Service of Empire: Reuters and the Australian Press During World War 1. Paper presented to the International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR) Conference, Braga, Portugal, July, 2010.
  • McCallum, K. and Blood, R. W. (2008). 'Local talk and media portrayals of Indigenous issues in Australia: implications for journalism practice', Proceedings of the 2007 International Communication Association Conference, San Francisco, 25-29 May 2007.
  • McCallum, K. and Papandrea, F. (2008). ICT users in remote Indigenous communities, Proceedings of the Communications Policy and Research Forum, University of Technology, Sydney, 29-30 September 2008.
  • McCallum, K. and Posetti, J. (2008). 'Researching journalism and diversity in Australia: History and policy'. Proceedings of the Communications Policy and Research Forum, University of Technology, Sydney, 29-30 September 2008.
  • Blood, Warwick, Dare, Andrew, McCallum, Kerry, Holland, Kate & Pirkis, Jane 2008 Enduring and competing news frames: Australian newspaper coverage of the deaths by suicides of two Melbourne girls. In E. Tilley (Ed.) Power & Place: Refereed Proceedings of the Australian & New Zealand Communication Association Conference, Wellington, July 9-11.
  • McCallum, K (2007) 'Remembering our Indigenous past: Local talk as public opinion about Indigenous history', Proceedings of the Australian Media Traditions Conference, Charles Sturt University, 22-23 November 2007. Bathurst, Australia
  • McCallum, K. (2007) 'Indigenous violence as a 'mediated public crisis'', Proceedings of the 2007 Australia New Zealand Communication Association Conference, University of Melbourne, 5-6 July. Melbourne, Australia.
  • McCallum, K & Blood, R. W. (2006) 'Leadership and abuse: news framing of the Iraqi war and terrorism during the 2004 Federal Election', Proceedings of the 2006 Australia New Zealand Communication Association Conference, The University of Adelaide, 4-7 July 2006. Adelaide, Australia.
  • McCallum, K & Blood, R. W. (2006) 'Reporting responses to terrorism: Australian perspectives'. Proceedings of the International Association for Media and Communication Research 25th Conference and General Assembly, 23-28 July 2006, Cairo, Egypt.
  • McCallum, K & Putnis, P. (2006) 'The political economy of the press during the first world war'. Proceedings of the International Association for Media and Communication Research 25th Conference and General Assembly, 23-28 July 2006, Cairo, Egypt.
  • Papandrea, F. &  McCallum, K (2006) 'Community business: The uses and requirements for internet services in remote Indigenous communities in South Australian and the Northern Territory'. Proceedings of the Communication Policy and Research Forum, University of Technology, 25-26 September 2006. Sydney, Australia.
  • McCallum, K. & Putnis, P. (2005) 'Press censorship and propaganda in World War I Australia: co-operation and conflict in press-government relations'. Proceedings of the Journalism Education Conference, Griffith University, 29 November – 2 December 2005. Gold Coast, Australia.
  • Putnis, P. & McCallum, K. (2005) 'The role of Reuters in the distribution of propaganda news in Australia during World War I'. Proceedings of the Australian Media Traditions Conference, University of Canberra, 24-25 November 2005. Canberra, Australia.
  • McCallum, K. (2003) 'Walking and talking reconciliation: Analysing local talk as a construction of public opinion on indigenous issues in Australia'. Proceedings of the 2003 Australia New Zealand Communication Association Conference, Queensland University of Technology, 8-10 July 2003. Brisbane, Australia.

Research Consultancy Reports

  • Holland, K., McCallum, K. & R. W. Blood (2015) Conversations about Alcohol and Pregnancy. Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education, Canberra.
  • McCallum, K & Holland, K., (2009) Case Study: Mediating the 'uneasy conversation': Reporting and engaging with Indigenous and multicultural issues in Australia. In Phillips, G. (April 2009) Reporting Diversity. Report to the Department Immigration and Citizenship. (Chief Investigators G. Phillips and S. Tapsall, K. McCallum, Investigator). Murdoch University in collaboration with University of Canberra.
  • Papandrea, F., Daly, A. & McCallum, K. (October 2006) Telephone and internet use in remote Indigenous communities. Research report to the Department of Communications, Information Technology and the Arts. Canberra, (Chief Investigators F. Papandrea, A. Daly and K. McCallum). Communication and Policy Research Institute, University of Canberra.
  • Heritage Consulting Australia (September 2005) Indigenous women's site recording, McRae's paddock, Katoomba, NSW. Report to the Gundungara Aboriginal Community (Chief Investigators: K. McCallum and A. Lance). Canberra, Heritage Consulting Australia.
  • Blood, R. W. & McCallum, K. (April 2005) Key principles for the reporting of drug issues: Final report. Report to the Australian National Council on Drugs. (Chief Investigators: R. W. Blood and K. McCallum). School of Professional Communication, University of Canberra.
  • Blood, R. W. & McCallum, K. (March 2005) Key principles for the reporting of drug issues: Position paper. Report to the Australian National Council on Drugs. (Chief Investigators: R. W. Blood and K. McCallum). School of Professional Communication, University of Canberra.
  • Pirkis, J., Blood, R. W., Francis, C. & McCallum, K. (March 2005) A review of the literature regarding fictional film and television portrayals of mental illness. (Chief Investigators: J. Pirkis & R. W. Blood). Report to the Department of Health and Aged Care. Program Evaluation Unit, University of Melbourne.
  • Pirkis, J., Blood, R. W., Francis, C. & McCallum, K. (March 2005) A review of the literature regarding fictional film and television portrayals of suicide. (Chief Investigators: J. Pirkis & R. W. Blood). Report to the Department of Health and Aged Care. Program Evaluation Unit, University of Melbourne.

Non-refereed Journal Publications

  • McCallum, K., & Holland, K. (2018) Challenging Digital Exclusion. Digital News Report: Australia 2018. Canberra: University of Canberra. http://apo.org.au/node/174861
  • Holland, K. & McCallum, K. (2015, 18 August). Alcohol and pregnancy: mixed messages undermining abstinence advice, http://croakey.org/alcohol-and-pregnancy-mixed-messages-undermining-abstinence-advice/.  
  • McCallum, K. & Waller, L. (2013) Introduction: Media and Indigenous Policy'. Media International Australia 149.
  • McCallum, K. & Waller, L. (2012). Symposium discusses media and Indigenous policy in an era of 'casual indifference', Croakey, 3 December 2012.
  • McCallum, K. & Waller, L. (2012) Failed state of health: Media realities and policy rhetorics. Arena Magazine. No. 118.pp. 33-34.
  • McCallum, K. & Waller, L. (2012) Managing the optics of the Intervention. Inside Story, August 2012, p. 3.
  • McCallum, K. & Waller, L. (2012) Managing the optics of the Intervention. Inside Story [online] 22 June 2012. Accessed 28 May 2012.

Invited media presentations

  • McCallum, K. & Waller, L. (2016), NITV The Point. 'Who is the victim? It's not black and white'. Invited expert commentary. http://www.sbs.com.au/nitv/article/2016/03/02/who-victim-its-not-black-and-white
  • Guest speaker, launch of the Women Want to Know campaign, Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education, 12 August 2015.
  • Keynote presentation, Australian Political Science Association Postgraduate Conference, Canberra, 29 September, 2015.
  • Public Seminar, University of Canberra Collaborative Indigenous Research Initiative, Media and Indigenous Policymaking in Shifting Terrains, 20 October 2014.
  • Invited speaker, Australian Electoral Commission, May 2014.
  • Invited speaker, Public Sector Communication Officer's conference, 29 April 2014.
  • Invited speaker, Australian Indigenous Communications Association, 31 October 2014.
  • Invited guest, SBS 'CQ: Cultural Intelligence' program, hosted by Stan Grant. 'Who should tell Indigenous stories' http://www.sbs.com.au/shows/cq
  • Interviewer. University of Canberra 'This week in politics with Michelle Grattan and Associate Professor Kerry McCallum' 11 July 2013 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d5LBTuqQ5vo
  • NITV News. Interview with Jeremy Geia  on The media and Indigenous Policy symposium, 24 November 2013
  • Radio interview with XXX Sovereign 98.3 on The media and Indigenous Policy symposium, 7 December 2012
  • Radio interview with Jess Murrell, The Wire current affairs program:  'Patchy media coverage of indigenous issues making for poor policy' 27 November 2012: http://www.thewire.org.au/storyDetail.aspx?ID=9903

Grants

  • 2016-2017: University of Canberra Collaborative Indigenous Research Initiative Grants Scheme. 'The prevalence of deficit metrics in Indigenous education and their impact on public discourse, policy and educational practice'. $39,652
  • 2015-2017: Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Indigenous (IN150100007). 'Deficit Discourse and Indigenous Education'. M. Dodson (ANU); S. Gorringe (UQ); W. Fogarty (ANU); K. McCallum (ANU); L. Waller (Deakin); C. Fforde (ANU) $456,000.
  • 2014-2015: Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education (FARE). 'Conversations about alcohol and pregnancy: investigating media portrayals and women's experiences', Kate Holland, Kerry McCallum, R. Warwick Blood $19,537
  • 2009-2012: Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Grant (DP 0987457). K McCallum and M. Meadows 'Australian News Media and Indigenous Policymaking 1988-2008', $225,000
  • 2008: Research Project. Reporting Diversity, Murdoch University in collaboration with U. Canberra, Department of Immigration and Citizenship,  $4,000
  • 2007: University of Canberra Early Career Researcher Grant, $10,000
  • 2005: Grant to Fund Telecommunications Consumer Representation and Research. The patterns of Usage of the Phone and Internet in Remote Indigenous Communities. Franco Papandrea, Ann Daly & Kerry McCallum Department of Communications Information Technology & Arts, $64,833
  • 2005: Research Consultancy. Critical events analysis: a risk perspective. R. Warwick Blood, Kerry McCallum and Patricia Payne, Defence Science and Technology Office, $10,000
  • 2004: Research Consultancy. Key Principles for the reporting of drugs. R. Warwick Blood and Kerry McCallum, Australian National Council on Drugs, $25,000

Awards

  • 2012- Staff elected representative, University of Canberra Research Committee
  • 2012 Winner (with Holly Reid), Christopher Newell Prize for best paper dealing with disability/equity/social justice and communication, ANZCA conference, 6 July 2012
  • 2011-2016 Member, Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Straits Islander Studies (AIATSIS)
  • 2010-2011 President, Australian and New Zealand Communication Association (ANZCA)
  • 2010 Member, UC Reconciliation Action Plan Action Group
  • 2009-10 Chair, ANZCA 2010 conference organising committee
  • 2008 Winner, Referees Choice Award, ANZCA conference, 9-11 July, 2008.
  • 2006 Recipient, University of Canberra Early Career Researcher Grant
  • 2008 Winner, President's Service Award, ANZCA
  • 2001-2004 Recipient, Australian Postgraduate Award
  • 2003 Winner, Grant Noble Prize, ANZCA Annual Conference, 7-9 July, 3003
  • The Media and Indigenous Policy project investigated the impact of journalism on the development of Indigenous social policy between 1988-2008. Funded through the Australian Research Council Discovery Grants program (Australian News Media and Indigenous Policymaking 1988-2008, DP0987457), Kerry McCallum and Michael Meadows (Griffith University).