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.
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 http://www.darkmatterzine.com/ including a series of interviews in various formats (text, video and/or audio). Link to interviews here
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
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
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
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
has published a new book titled, The Digital Academic, co-edited with Inge Mewburn (ANU) and Pat Thomson (Nottingham). Click here for more details
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.
'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).
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
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.
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.
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'.
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.
Jointly convened by Selen Ercan (UC), Kerry McCallum (UC) and Tanja Dreher (UNSW)
20 October 2017
Digital Food Cultures Symposium
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: https://canberra.academia.edu/GlenFuller
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
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
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
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