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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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    An Examination of Factors Influencing Journalism Educators’ Perceptions on the Role and Future of News Reporting
    (Intellect, 2024-06-01) Hollings, James; Wake, Alexandra; Peter, Raja; Martin, Fiona R; Rupar, Verica
    This article explores how educational qualifications, age, gender and regional context affect journalism educators’ perceptions of journalism’s normative roles and the future needs of journalism students. It draws on Australian and New Zealand/Aotearoan responses to the 2021 World Journalism Education Council (WJEC) Survey Journalistic Roles, Values and Qualifications in the 21st Century: How Journalism Educators Across the Globe View the Future of a Profession in Transition. It shows that holding a Ph.D. diminishes support for traditional observer and disseminator roles and predicts support for the mobilizer role. Age also predicts role perception; it diminishes support for the disseminator and mobilizer roles for both the current position of journalists and journalists in the next ten years. These age and education effects are independent of each other. The findings point to the need for more detailed research on the effects of further education on journalism teachers’ professional conceptions and teaching strategy.
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    New Funding Models in Journalism Are Emerging, but Major Leap Forward Is Lacking
    (Cogitatio, 2024-02-06) Myllylahti, Merja
    This editorial introduces our thematic issue, titled Examining New Models in Journalism Funding, at a pivotal time. While news companies have attempted to build sustainable business models, we have not yet seen a major leap forward. As observed by the authors of this issue, digital reader revenue has become a prominent source of income for many publishers, but the bulk of them continue to rely on advertising and print subscriptions for money. Recently, Google and Facebook have become major funders of news and innovation in journalism. Some governments have also launched specific support programs. After providing some background context, we introduce the articles featured in the issue. We go on to argue that these articles signal a renewed interest in the business of journalism, which will help us better understand the ongoing financial crisis in the commercial news sector at a more granular level.
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    Fortress or House of Cards? A Comparative, Critical Analysis of Australia’s and New Zealand’s COVID-19 Vaccination Rollout
    (University of Newcastle, 2023) Wolf, Katharina; Theunissen, Petra
    This research provides critical, comparative insights into Australia and New Zealand’s public communication approaches associated with the initial rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine, hailed as a crucial element of both countries’ recovery and reconnection to the rest of the world. Although Australia and New Zealand share similar socio-political contexts, the two countries approached the rollout very differently. Applying the circuit of culture model, this study explores the second year of the global COVID-19 pandemic through an Oceania lens, providing critical insights into the unique opportunities afforded to the island nations, as well as their exposure to global challenges. This paper aims to provide insights and learnings that may shape future responses to global (health) emergencies, including a call to rethink the notion of time-bound (public) communication campaigns in complex, ever-changing environments.
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