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About Us

The News and Media Research Centre (N&MRC) investigates the evolution of media, content and communication and the impact of online and mobile systems.

Positioned in the nation’s capital, the work of the N&MRC provides strategic value to the University of Canberra’s Distinctive by Design strategy. Located in the Faculty of Arts and Design, it provides a strong educational foundation for the Discipline of Communication and Media Studies, and engagement with local communities, national and international policymakers.

The N&MRC is globally recognised as the home of the only longitudinal study of digital news consumption trends in Australia, through its Digital News Report: Australia. The Centre has an established record of interrogating the development, circulation, and impact of media on societal discourses to address critical issues for government, industry and community.

Through its category 1 grants and industry focussed research, the Centre’s work is being used to inform government policy in the areas of media regulation, public interest journalism, social media use in elections, Indigenous affairs and mental health.

N&MRC includes nine researchers and fifteen HDR students. The high quality of communication and media research at University of Canberra was ranked at world standard by the most recent Excellence in Research for Australia evaluation.

Download our 2018 N&MRC Annual Report (pdf 17MB).

The Centre's 2017 N&MRC annual report (pdf 8.5MB), and 2016 Centre overview brochure (pdf 6.77MB) are also available to download.