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The School of Communication Studies is committed to innovative, critical and creative research that advances knowledge, serves the community, and develops future communication experts and skilled media practitioners. There is a dynamic interaction between communication theory and media practice across digital media, creative industries, film and television production advertising, radio, public relations, and journalism. The School is involved in research and development in areas of:
  • Journalism
  • Media and Communication
  • Media Performance
  • Multimodal Analysis
  • Online, Social and Digital Media
  • Asia-Pacific Media
  • Political Economy of Communication
  • Popular Culture
  • Public Relations
  • Radio


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    Trust in News in Aotearoa New Zealand 2023
    (2023-04-04) Myllylahti, Merja; Treadwell, Greg
    About this report This is the fourth report about trust in news in Aotearoa New Zealand produced by the AUT research centre for Journalism, Media and Democracy (JMAD). The study behind the report was completed in collaboration with the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism. With permission from the institute’s researchers, we have used the same survey questions to investigate trust in news and a comparable sampling method to the one used in their annual Digital News Reports to measure news trust. This allows us international comparisons with Aotearoa New Zealand about levels of trust in the news – in 2022, the Reuters survey covered 46 countries. Our 2023 survey also asked New Zealanders about their news consumption, news sources, misinformation and paying for news. These questions in our survey mirror those in the Reuters study, allowing us international comparisons about these related issues. As in 2020-2022, survey data for our 2023 report was collected by New Zealand online market research company Horizon Research Ltd. The production of this report was funded by the Auckland University of Technology (AUT), and it has ethics approval from the AUT Ethics Committee (AUTEC).
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    Mapping the Language of Male Partner Violence: An Historical Examination of Power, Meaning and Ambivalence
    (SAGE Publications, 2023-08-07) Vogels, Christina
    This article questions why violence carried out by men toward their female romantic partners remains so prevalent today by examining how it has been understood and talked about over time. The aim here is twofold: the first is to historically map the changes in how male partner violence has been addressed in society—and to what effect. The second is to examine subtle dynamics within this historical map in order to suggest how language could be used to destabilize its fixture in society.
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    Podcasting and Ethics: Independent Podcast Production in New Zealand
    (SAGE Publications, 2023-07-02) Tennant, Lewis
    In New Zealand – like in the US and UK – independently produced podcasts fall outside of local media regulations. New Zealand’s media laws and regulatory bodies remain broadcast and legacy media-focussed, so podcast content that has not been previously broadcast is not regulated or otherwise overseen. In the absence of regulation, this study explores the ways nine independent podcast producers from New Zealand self-govern their content, as well as their motivations for doing so. It is an investigation of the ways ‘amateur’ content producers approach media ethics, and more broadly podcast production in practice. Not guided or bound by formal publishing or editorial responsibilities, and mostly with no formal media training, study participants demonstrate adherence to journalistic principles. They consider ethical and editorial quandaries as they arise during the production process, factoring in the needs and disposition of their audience. This process is informed by their worldview, as well as their perspectives and experiences as media consumers. Though these podcasters champion the ethos of independent podcasting, the content of their shows is not free from third party influence. These podcasters are also parents, partners, employees, and colleagues; life roles that inform the content of their show. Though they push back against podcasting being legislated, these podcasters see value in creating an informal set of guidelines or a voluntary code of practice for podcasting in New Zealand. This project contributes to ongoing explorations of independent podcasting and podcasting practice, focussing on what defines, motivates, and informs self-driven practitioners.
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    Keep Calm and Make GIFs: Communicating COVID-19 in Aotearoa New Zealand
    (Intellect, 2023-06-01) Halliday, Matthew
    The early stages of the global covid-19 pandemic threw into relief the communication skills of governments and their leaders. Aotearoa New Zealand was known for its exceptional communication response and elimination of the virus in this initial phase. Much of the praise was attributed to the communication skills of Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. However, this study focuses on the work of Siouxsie Wiles and Toby Morris, a science communication collaboration that aided public understanding in Aotearoa New Zealand and around the world. In March 2020, during the initial wave of Covid-19, microbiologist and science communicator Dr Siouxsie Wiles teamed up with cartoonist Toby Morris to help simplify her message and reach a wider audience. Work from their collaboration has been shared globally, translated into dozens of languages and used in press conferences by the Prime Minister of New Zealand. This case study uses a VUCA framework in a thematic analysis of semi-structured interviews with Morris and Wiles, and the communications they produced. It asks what characteristics of this collaboration helped people navigate the global VUCA situation of Covid-19 and whether an appropriate counter-VUCA model exists for this communication context.
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    Renewing Community Infrastructure: A Case Study of the Building One Community Consultation
    (School of Social Sciences, Auckland University of Technology, 2021-07-01) Woodley, Alex; Tupou, Janet
    A case study is provided of a community needs assessment of Point Chevalier community assesses the interest of the community in retaining the BuildingOne as a community arts center.
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