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October News

Congratulations to N&MRC PhD candidate Dan Andrewm who has been elected as the Student & Early Career Rep of Media Industry Studies Interest Group of the International Communication Association for 2020-2022.

On Wednesday 23 October the N&MRC will be hosting a workshop titled Challenging media text analysis in an age of big data. The half-day workshop will bring together experienced and emerging researchers to scrutinise media text analysis in a time of seismic change in the media industries. Registrations are open now via the link.

September News

On Thursday September 12 the N&MRC hosted John Bergin, Project Manager for the Google News Initiative at the Walkely Foundation. John presented a seminar for Masters students on the suite of programs available from Google to collate and visualise publicly available data.

July News

The N&MRC, together with the Centre for Creative and Cultural Research in the Faculty of Arts & Design, is delighted to host the Australian and New Zealand Communication Association (ANZCA) annual conference at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House. Held from 3-5 July, the conference brings together researchers from aross the region for a lively three days of disucssion and debate. We are also hosting a pre-conference for PhD students and early-career researchers on the University of Canberra campus.

June News

On June 12, the Digital News Report team launched the Digital News Report: Australia 2019 in Sydney at the Mint. The report's lead author Dr Caoline Fisher provided an overview of its key findings for an audience of UC Alumni, media industry professionals and academic colleagues. You can read the key findings and download the report here.

N&MRC is pleased to announce that Professor Kerry McCallum has taken up the role of N&MRC Director after acting as co-Director of the Centre alongside Dr Caroline Fisher since January.

March News

The N&MRC wishes our newest PhD graduate Dr Jayan Kurian a hearty congratulations on the conferral of his award at the University of Canberra's March graduation ceremonies. Congratualtions Jayan!

February News

In February 2019 the News & Media Research Centre’s Mathieu O’Neil took part in a meeting at the Ford Foundation in New York City with other grantees of the Alfred P. Sloan and Ford Foundations Digital Infrastructure grant. Read about his experience here.

The N&MRC welcomes visiting Fulbright Fellow Dr Michael Socolow from the University of Maine, USA. Dr Socolow is a media historian whose research centers upon America’s original radio networks in the 1920s and 1930s. During his six month fellowship he will be collaborating with N&MRC members and academics from UC RISE, and presenting a seminar during the N&MRC seminar series.

January news

Five N&MRC members have had their paper submissions to the International Communication Association (ICA) 2019 annual conference accepted. Congratualtions to Sora Park, Caroline Fisher, Yoonmo Sang, Jee Young Lee and Dan Andrew, who will be travelling to Washington D.C in May to take part in the international conference. Their paper titles are:

  • Caroline Fisher and Sora Park ‘From spokesperson to ‘spokesbot’: Towards a conceptual framework of journalist-source relations in the age of AI’ Journalism Studies Division
  • Jiwon Kim, Yoonmo Sang and Sunyoung Park 'Meta-analysis on News Media Trust and Public Discussion' Journalism Studies Division
  • Yeji Kwon, Soeun Yang and Jee Young Lee ‘Social News Use and Political Socialization: Generational Comparison’ Children, Adolescents & Media Division
  • Dan Andrew ‘The Economics Of Fake News’ Media Industry Studies Interest Group

N&MRC News Archive

November News

Congratulations to our N&MRC members who were recognised for their research excellence at the 2018 Research and Teaching Excellence awards. Senior Research Fellow Kate Holland was awarded for Early Career Researcher Excellence in Humanities and Creative Arts, and the Digital News Report: Australia team (Sora Park, Glen Fuller, Caroline Fisher, Jee Young Lee and Megan Deas) were recognised for Outstanding Team Achievement in Research or Innovation.

October News

Centenary Professor Deborah Lupton's research on fitness trackers has been highlighted in an artilce published by the Sydney Morning Herald, entitled 'Why so many users of fitness trackers give up after a few months'.

August News

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. Read more about the award on the University of Copenhagen's website.

Centenary Research Professor Deborah Lupton has created a new public Facebook group, 'Innovative Social Research Methods'. Anyone who is interested is free to join and post relevant content.

Deborah has also been invited to speak at three events at the inaugural Social Sciences Week. Details and registrations are available via the links below:

Assistant Professor Caroline Fisher was interviewed by ABC 666 Canberra Drive's Laura Tchillinguirian about about a full page advertisement to Senators in the Australian newspaper about territory rights; and announcement of efficiency review into the ABC and SBS. Listen to the interview on Soundcloud.

The N&MRC welcomes Dr Yoonmo Sang, who has joined us from Howard University in the USA to take up the position of Assistant Professor. Yoonmo's research addresses the intersections of new media technologies and the law, focusing on how socio-cultural and technological changes advantage and/or disadvantage different stakeholders. Welcome Yoonmo!

July 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!

June News

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 It will be formally announced at the ANZCA conference in Auckland, 4-7 July.

Deborah Lupton has 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: 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.

May News

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.

April News

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.

March News

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

February News

News announcement

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,, or

Follow PhDpeeps:

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.

January News

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).

December 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.

Visiting Scholars

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 including a series of interviews in various formats (text, video and/or audio).  Link to interviews here

November News

Deborah Lupton will be visiting Europe to give several talks in early November.  These will include:

  • Keynote at the ‘Monitoring the Self: Negotiating Technologies of Health, Identity and Governance’ conference, Helsinki, Finland
  • Keynote presentation at the ‘Emotion and Affect in Dataified Worlds’ workshop, Helsinki, Finland.
  • Opening presentation with our Wellcome Trust grant research team at the ‘Researching Young People and Digital Health Technologies’ symposium we have organised, Manchester, UK
  • Invited public lecture at the ‘Digital Health’ workshop, Malmo, Sweden.
  • Invited presentation at the ‘Challenges of Digital Health’ workshop, Orebro, Sweden.

Click here to view more details

Congratulations to Deborah Lupton, who was awarded a  commendation in UC's Research Excellence Awards 2017 for Research Excellence in Social Sciences. 

UC Ad Awards - Congratulations to  John, Shara and Shaun for running in spectacular fashion the second edition of the UC Ad Awards. It was a great success, with students, family, industry and members of the UC community in attendance. The students had a great time and so did we.

2017 Early Career Researcher Excellence Award in Humanities and the Creative Arts Congratulations to Caroline Fisher who is the recipient of this prestigious award.

PhD Candidate, Jee Young Lee is visiting Indonesia to conduct a research project in Jakarta in November as part of a fellowship she received from Syarif Hidayatullah State Islamic University (UIN) Jakarta. Her project title is, “Digital technology to Indonesian young people: trends and opportunities for Education”. During her visit she will be involved in collaborative research projects with researchers at the Faculty of Science and Technology

October News

The Discipline of Communication and Media is proud to announce that its Journalism team, led by Dr Caroline Fisher and Dr Glen Fuller (with Professor Matthew Ricketson) has been granted a University of Canberra Award for Programs that Enhance Learning by the University of Canberra's Teaching & Learning Awards committee.

This prestigious award recognises and rewards the team’s highly regarded contributions to teaching excellence. In particular, the Awards Committee was impressed by the team’s sustained approach to improving and promoting teaching excellence, as evidenced by its “developing a strategy to take advantage of the opportunities of an uncertain media industry through a constantly iterative process of curricular design of the journalism course.”

On Friday 27 October, recipients of this year’s Teaching Excellence Awards will be recognised at a luncheon celebrating their outstanding commitment to building productive academic partnerships underpinning student success. Warm congratulations to Glen and Caroline!

Catherine Page Jeffery has been interviewed by the ABC South East and ABC 666 Afternoons ahead of her PhD Work in Progress Seminar to be presented at the N&MRC Seminar Series on 18th October.  A link will be provided on the website when available.  Cat was also interviewed by ABC 666 Canberra mornings on 8 November about new sexting research that has been published.

Peter Putnis presented an invited address on the topic 'Monopoly pricing and press rivalry: Explaining the high cost and limited availability of overseas news in colonial Australia' at a workshop entitled 'The Australian Press: Agendas for Research' held at the University of Melbourne on 11 October. The workshop was convened by A/Prof Sally Young of the University of Melbourne.

Caroline Fisher was interviewed by Laura Tchillinguirian on ABC 666 about political TV dramas.  Click here to listen to the interview

September News

Congratulations to Deborah Lupton who has been elected a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia.  Deborah's election to Fellowship is in recognition of her contribution to the advancement of social science knowledge and the impact she has made.

Sora Park will be attending the Digital News Report 2018 Academic Workshop, 21-22 Sep 2017, Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, Oxford, UK.

Caroline Fisher has published an article in 'The Conversation' titled 'It’s reputation that matters when spin doctors go back to the newsroom'.  This Conversation piece is based on 2 articles recently published in the Australian Journalism Review.  Read the article

August News

Sora Park attended the 11th National Higher Education Women's Leadership Summit 2017, 22-25 Aug 2017.

Caroline Fisher was recently interviewed by the ABC on 'Social media and politics: the alliance that entertains and enthralls'.  Listen to the interview here.

Kerry McCallum has published a new book with Lisa Waller titled, 'The dynamics of News and Indigenous Policy in Australia.'   This book offers rich insights into the news media’s role in the development of policy in Australia, and explores the complex and interactive relationship between news media and Australian Indigenous affairs. Kerry McCallum and Lisa Waller critically examine how Indigenous health, bilingual education, and controversial legislation are portrayed through public media, and they look closely at how Indigenous people are both being excluded from policy and media discussion, as well as using the media to their advantage.

This book provides one of the most thorough, contextually rich, and clearly explained accounts of the rapid slide backwards in Indigenous affairs, from self-determination and reconciliation to intervention, over the last two decades.'
Dr Christina Spurgeon, School of Communication, Queensland University of Technology

Deborah Lupton has published a new book titled, The Digital Academic,  co-edited with Inge Mewburn (ANU) and Pat Thomson (Nottingham).  Click here for more details.

July News

Kieran McGuinness, N&MRC PhD student has published an article on the Australian Strategic Policy (ASPI), The Strategist open contribution website, titled 'Defence bipartisanship: holy grail or poisoned chalice'?

Congratulations to Melissa Sweet on the award of her PhD. Melissa's doctoral thesis was titled: “Acknowledgement”A social journalism research project relating to the history of lock hospitals and other forms of medical incarceration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. The thesis was supervised by Kerry McCallum, Kate Holland, Lynore Geia (JCU), Matthew Ricketson (Deakin) and Pat Dudgeon (UWA) and was overseen by an Indigenous Advisory Committee. Melissa's ongoing social journalism project continues to be a driver of social change in Indigenous health.

PhD Students, Jee Young Lee, Sonya Sandham, Jayan Kurian and Temple Uwalaka will be attending the Australia and New Zealand Communication Association (ANZCA) Conference to be held in Sydney on the 4th-7th July.

June News

'The Conversation' fact-checks claims made on Q&A, broadcast Mondays on the ABC at 9:35pm.The Digital News Report: Australia 2016, produced by the News and Media Research Centre,  was recently cited by 'The Conversation' in fact checking.

In a wide-ranging Q&A discussion on misinformation, disinformation and trust in media, the assistant minister for social services and multicultural affairs, Zed Seselja, said that surveys showed confidence in media has fallen around the world. In Australia, he said, it has dropped lower than in the US.  Click here to visit the Q&A FactCheck page

Professor Deborah Lupton has accepted an invitation by the Australian Privacy Foundation to join its board.  She has also been nominated for an award by the Heart Foundation ACT and has joined UC's team for a CRC on Digital Health (led by Rachel Davey and UC - Health Research Institute).  

May News

Sora Park and Jerry Watkins attended the Australian Media and Communication Authority's Australian Content Conversation in Sydney on the 16th and 17th of May.

Dr Caroline Fisher was moderator at 'The war on words:  Is journalism disappearing from conflict zones'? which was a special event run by the International Committee of the Red Cross and Australian Red Cross.  The panel included Yves Daccord (Director General International Committee of the Red Cross), Peter Cave (Journalist ABC) and Helen Vatsikopoulos (Journalist and Academic)

Professor Deborah Lupton spoke to ABC Canberra's Lish Fejer about research into consumer attitudes to 3D printed food in Australia. Listen to the interview here

April News

Farewell and good luck to Matthew Ricketson who will be taking up a new position as Professor of Communication at Deakin University.  Thank you for your huge contribution to the News and Media Research Centre over the past 7 years.

N&MRC PhD Candidate, Morris Carpenter is presenting at the World Congress on Public Health held in Melbourne from the 3-7th April 2017.  His digital poster is titled 'mHealth adoption for the self-management of type 2 diabetes' .  View digital poster here.

February News

N&MRC PhD Candidate Catherine Page Jeffery spoke to ABC local radio about her research on parental anxieties about their teenage children's use of digital technologies. Listen to the interview here.

January News

Congratulations to Senior Research Fellow, Dr Kate Holland who will be an international visiting academic at Massey University in New Zealand during April 2017.  Kate will be working with Dr Andrew Dickson in the School of Management (Massey University) and Dr Isaac Warbrick ( Auckland University of Technology) on the project 'Rethinking the business of weight loss'.

2016 News

November News

The Engaging Innovation 2016 communication and media policy conference was held in Sydney on 2-3 November. The conference was the second in the N&MRC's Emerging Issues in Communication Research and Policy conference series, following on from the 2013 conference held on-campus. Well-attended by industry practitioners, policy-makers and academics, Engaging Innovation highlighted the strong scholarly and pragmatic links between communication, media and journalism.

September News

Professor Deborah Lupton and her colleagues from the UK have been awarded a 2016-2017 Wellcome Trust Grant (UK) for the project 'The digital health generation: the impact of healthy lifestyle technologies on young people's learning identities and health practices'. Congratulations Deborah!

August News

N&MRC researchers Dr Kate Holland and Dr Michelle Dunne Breen contributed to a recently-launched report examining media representations of violence against women. Funded by a grant from Australia's National Research Organisation for Women's Safety (ANROWS), the report is one of the largest analyses into media reporting of domestic violence around the world. Download the report from the Communication and media section of Policy Online, and read more about the report in the Monitor.

June News

N&MRC has launched the Digital News Report: Australia 2016, the second annual survey of news consumption in Australia in collaboration with the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at the University of Oxford. Read more about the report's key findings here.

Centenary Professor Deborah Lupton spoke to WIN News about the impact of social media. Watch the interview via this link.

May News

N&MRC researchers Sora Park and Sally Burford spoke to WIN News about the findings from a pilot program they conducted investigating the use of mobile devices in the treatment of type 2 diabetes. Watch the interview here and read more about the pilot program on UC's monitor website.

April News

Deborah Lupton spoke to about health applications that don't have a privacy policy and explains why it is becoming a concerning trend. Read the article on the ABC website.

February News

Congratulations to N&MRC Associate Professor Kerry McCallum and PhD Candidate Tess Ryan who have been awarded project funding by UC's Collaborative indigenous Research Initiative (UC CIRI). The grant of $39,652 will fund the 'Deficit Metrics in Indigenous Education' project, which will examine the use of statistics and other official attempts to describe and quantify achievement in Aboriginal education.

January News

The N&MRC welcomes Dr Gwangjae Kim to the University of Canberra. Dr Kim will be a Visiting Scholar with the News & Media Research Centre until December 2016. He is Associate Professor at the Department of Advertising & Media, Hanyang Cyber University, South Korea. His research focuses on media and telecommunication policy, media industries and media literacy. Dr Kim is currently an Advisor for the National Information Agency and Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning in Korea. During his sabbatical at the University of Canberra, he plans to conduct comparative research across media and broadband policies.

Congratulations to Centenary Research professor Deborah Lupton, who is part of an international network of scholars awarded $450,000 Swedish Krona for the project 'Self-tracking and Automatised Bodies' (2016-2018).

December News

Congratulations to Centenary Research professor Deborah Lupton, who is part of an international network of scholars awarded $450,000 Swedish Krona for the project 'Self-tracking and Automatised Bodies' (2016-2018). Deborah Lupton with Associate Professor Martin Berg (co-ordinator), Associate Professor Vaike Fors, Christopher Martin, all of Halmstead University, Sweden, Professor Tom O'Dell, Lund University, Sweden, Professor Sarah Pink, RMIT University, Dr Minna Ruckenstein, Dr Mika Pantzar, both of the University of Helsinki, Finland).

November News

In the wake of the terror attacks in Paris, Assistant Professor Glen Fuller spoke to 2SER about why people feel the need to vent on social media after an event like this, and how productive it might be. Listen to the podcast on the 2SER website.

Congratulations to Associate Professor Jerry Watkins, N&MRC Director, on his successful project in the latest ARC funding round for 2016. Jerry is a Chief Investigator on a Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities (LIEF) project hosted by Swinburne University of Technology. Jerry's involvement will focus upon new systems and formats to advance online and mobile collection and dissemination of resources for communication and media policy and research. This study builds upon the News & Media Research Centre's leadership of the Communication and Media section of Australian Policy Online, the essential online research database.

October News

Centenary Research Professor Deborah Lupton's new report was released on the 15th of October. It was co-authored with Professor Sarah Pedersen from Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen, who worked with Deborah on a visiting fellowship in Canberra earlier this year. The report, 'What is happening with your body and your baby': Australian women's use of pregnancy and parenting apps, can be downloaded on the publications page of our website.

N&MRC congratulates PhD candidate Teresa Ryan on her award for the best student paper at the Australian Political Studies Association Conference, held on campus last month. Teresa's paper was titled Where have all those black women gone? The curious case of missing visible indigenous women in the media and what it means for leadership in indigenous Australia.

September News

The Theorising Digital Society Symposium was held on the 14th of September. The event's Twitter hashtag #TDS15 trended throughout the day, and a storify of tweets can be found here.

August News

Centre members Kate Holland and Kerry McCallum presented the findings of their report 'Conversations about alcohol and pregnancy' on Wednesday the 12th of August at the ACT Legislative Assembly. The report was launched in conjunction with the Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education (FARE)'s campaign 'Women Want to Know'. The ACT's Health Minister and Deputy Chief Minister, Simon Corbell MLA, was in attendance.

June News

On the 16th of June N&MRC released its Digital News Report: Australia 2015, the first the first in a series of annual reports which will track changes in news consumption in Australia over time.

Coinciding with the launch of the report, the Centre also assumed editorship of the Communication & Media collection of Australian Policy Online, the essential online research database providing access to research reports and other resources essential for public policy development and implementation.

May News

N&MRC welcomes two Visiting Fellows, Professor Sarah Pedersen from the Department of Communication, Marketing and Media, Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen, and Dr Gareth Thomas from the School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University. Sarah and Gareth will be working with N&MRC Centenary Research Professor Deborah Lupton on the use of digital media during pregnancy.

March News

N&MRC Research Associate Michelle Dunne Breen has contributed an article to The Conversation. The article, 'For the real story on Indigenous Australia, social beats old media', can be read in full on the website.

Centre Member Dr Caroline Fisher was awarded a $6,000 grant from the Journalism Education & Research Association of Australia (JERAA) for her project titled 'Press secretary to press gallery: managing conflict of interest and perceptions of partisanship'.

Academic Work in the Digital Era Symposium

On the 27th of November Centenary Research Professor Deborah Lupton convened a one-day symposium of international scholars including Inger Mewburn (ANU), Charlotte Frost (City University of Hong Kong), Pat Thompson (University of Nottingham), and the University of Canberra's Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Education Nick Klomp. Symposium attendees addressed issues currently faced by academics, the use of social media in academia, as well as looking to the future. The following day Professor Lupton chaired a panel event at the ANU on "The risks and rewards of academic social media engagement: do you have to tweet and blog to be relevant".

Three N&MRC researchers receive ARC Discovery Project funding

The N&MRC congratulates three of our researcher on their successful Discovery Project grants in the latest round of ARC funding. Associate Professor Kerry McCallum and colleagues have won a Discovery Indigenous project via ANU on the prevalence of deficit discourse and its influence on Indigenous education. Centenary Research Professor Deborah Lupton and colleagues have won a Discovery Project via Southern Cross to study digital health and physical education. Professor Matthew Ricketson and colleagues have won a Discovery Project via La Trobe to investigate the digital reinvention of Australian journalism.

Deborah Lupton's Digital Sociology is out now

Centenary Research Professor Deborah Lupton's new book Digital Sociology was recently released and is available on Amazon and via the publisher's website. Digital Sociology is essential reading not only for students and academics in sociology, anthropology, media and communication, digital cultures, digital humanities, internet studies, science and technology studies, cultural geography and social computing, but for other readers interested in the social impact of digital technologies.

Professor Matthew Ricketson's ARC Linkage Project application with La Trobe University is successful

Posted: 30th June 2014

Congratulations go to the N&MRC's Professor Matthew Ricketson for his successful ARC Linkage Grant Application. The grant will be administered by La Trobe University, and will be conducted with Partner Organisations the Australian Broadcasting Organisation, the National Library of Australia and the Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance.

The three-year project is a multifaceted, innovative and timely analysis of the role of mass redundancies, forced career changes and the digital reinvention of Australian journalism at a time of industry restructure and technological change. In this project, academics and industry stakeholders join forces to explore how to best address questions about professional journalism's experience of structural transformation and its capacity to adapt positively to change. The project aims to provide the first in-depth account of the complex interplay between economic, technological, workplace and career pressures reshaping professional journalism.

New book on narrative non-fiction by Matthew Ricketson, Professor of Journalism

Posted: 24th June 2014

Matthew Rickeston, Professor of Journalism and N&MRC researcher, has recently published a new book entitled Telling True Stories. The book explores the key challenges in writing narrative non-fiction. In addition to this latest release, Matthew has also co-authored a chapter with N&MRC Adjunct Professor Franco Papandrea in the edited book State Aid for Newspapers - Theories, Cases, Actions. Another book chapter, 'The Gillard Government and the media' by Matthew and Sally Young, has been published in The Gillard Government: Australian Commonwealth Administration 2010-2013, edited by Chris Aulich.

Deborah Lupton's report on academics' use of social media released

Posted: 10th June 2014

Professor Deborah Lupton's article on the findings from her recently released report, 'Feeling Better Connected: Academics' Use of Social Media' (available for download in full here), has been published on The Conversation website. The article, Status anxiety: should academics be using social media?, suggests that despite the possible negative aspects, social media can facilitate connections between academics and promote an exchange of ideas. The Australian has also featured an article on this research, which is available (via paywall) at this link. Deborah tweets @DALupton

NMRC researchers receive ACT Strategic Opportunities Funding

Posted: 27th April 2014

Associate Professor Sora Park and Associate Professor Sally Burford are to conduct an mHealth pilot program at ACT GP Super Clinic in collaboration with Leif Hanlen (NICTA), Paul Dugdale (ANU Medical School), Paresh Dawda (ACT GP Super Clinic), John Burns (Ochre Health), and Christopher Nolan (ACT Diabetes Service, Canberra Hospital). They were awarded $100,000 for their project "Mobile digital communication and health management: An mHealth pilot program at the ACT GP Super Clinic" from the ACT government to investigate how mobile digital communication can increase efficiency and quality of primary healthcare. Through this exploratory research, the team will identify benefits of and barriers to introducing mHealth at the Super Clinic. It will inform and drive healthcare debate and any necessary policy change, as service and communication are complemented by digital technologies.

State of the Newspaper Industry 2013 Report findings published by The Conversation 

Posted: 26th February 2014

Adjunct Professor Franco Papandrea has written an article for The Conversation website on his recent publication State of the Newspaper Industry in Australia, 2013. The report, which was recently published by the N&MRC, can be downloaded in full on our publications page. 

The N&MRC welcomes Centenary Research Professor Deborah Lupton

Posted: 24th February 2014

The N&MRC has kicked off the 2014 academic year by welcoming Centenary Research Professor Deborah Lupton to the Faculty of Arts and Design. Professor Lupton's research and teaching is multidisciplinary, incorporating sociology, media and communication and cultural studies. She is the author of 13 books and over 130 journal articles and book chapters on topics including the social and cultural dimensions of medicine and public health; risk; the body; parenting cultures; digital technologies; food; obesity politics; and the emotions.

Deborah Lupton presented the opening plenary at the 13th Social Research Conference on HIV, Viral Hepatitis and Related Diseases, UNSW, 20 February 2014, on the topic of 'The digital health phenomenon: promises and limitations'.

Three articles by Deborah Lupton were recently published:

Lupton, D. (2014) 'How do you measure up?' Assumptions about 'obesity' and health-related behaviors in 'obesity' prevention campaigns. Fat Studies, 3(1), 32—44

Lupton, D. (2014) The commodification of patient opinion: the digital patient experience economy in the age of big data. Sociology of Health & Illness, online first, doi: 10.1111/1467-9566.12109.

Lupton, D. (2014) The pedagogy of disgust: ethical, moral and political implications of using disgust in public health campaigns. Critical Public Health, online first, doi: 10.1080/09581596.2014.885115.

Launch of the 'Italy in the Australian News Media, 2005-2012' report

Posted: 11th November 2013

Adjunct Professor Franco Papandrea, Professor Peter Putnis, Italian Ambassador H.E. Pier Francesco Zazo, Professor Warwick Blood and On. Marco Fedi at the launch of the reportThe N&MRC's latest report, 'Italy in the Australian News Media, 2005-2012' was launched on Thursday 7th of November at the Italian Ambassador's residence in Canberra. Special guests included Ambassador His Excellency Pier Franceso Zazo, the Honorable Vicki Dunne MLA, On. Marco Fedi, and members of Canberra's Italian community.

Kate Holland, N&MRC Postdoctoral Fellow, awarded prestigious grant

Posted: 11th November 2013

Congratulations to Dr Kate Holland, postdoctoral fellow in communication, who obtained a nationally-competitive Discovery Early Career Researcher Award worth $375,289 from the Australian Research Council. Her research project will look at how media shape the public and professional understanding and communication about mental health issues and contribute to policy-making around these practices. For more information, read the article on the Monitor website.

The N&MRC welcomes new Associate Professor Mathieu O'Neil

Posted: 28th October 2013

Associate Professor Mathieu O'Neil joined the News and Media Research Centre in October 2013. A New paper by Mathieu titled 'Collaborative Internet Governance: Terms and Conditions of Analysis' has been published in the special issue on Contested Internet Governance of the Revue française d'études américaines:

"Online projects are communities of practice which attempt to bypass the hierarchies of everyday life and to create autonomous institutions and forms of organisation. A wealth of theoretical frameworks have been put forward to account for these networked actors' capacity to communicate and self-organise. This article reviews terminology used in Internet research and assesses what it implies for the understanding of regulatory-oriented collective action".

N&MRC PhD Candidate pens article for The Conversation

Posted: 10th October 2013

David Marshall, a PhD Candidate in Communication, was recently invited to contribute an article to The Conversation, one of Australia's largest independent news websites. The article, entitled 'Feeding the chooks: Abbott, Howard and media management', compares the ways in which newly elected Prime Minister Tony Abbott has handled his media appearances over the past month, to how John Howard ran his press office while Prime Minister. The article examines several key incidents in Abbott's first weeks in office to argue that despite appearances, 'Abbott's media directive is all about co-ordination, not control'.

The full article can be read on the website at

N&MRC researcher evaluates iPads as research tools

Posted: 12th May 2013

UC researchers evaluate Ipads for effective learningResearch conducted by The N&MRC's Associate Professor Sora Park and Assistant Professor Sally Burford from Knowledge and Information Studies was recently featured in 'Monitor', the University's Magazine. The research looked at whether an increasing use of technology such as ipads can benefit university students' digital media literacy, with some surprising results. Download the full article here (.pdf 280KB).