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Democratic Engagement In The Digital Age: Youth, Social Media And Participatory Politics In Kenya, Samuel Kamau Nov 2017

Democratic Engagement In The Digital Age: Youth, Social Media And Participatory Politics In Kenya, Samuel Kamau

Graduate School of Media and Communications

As the communication world becomes more complex and participatory, social networking sites (SNSs) have emerged as a platform with the potential to invigorate democracy and political engagement. However, the value of SNSs in politics remains contested among researchers. The study reported on in this article was based on a survey of 600 university students, aged between18 and 35, to examine the relationship between social media use and political engagement among the youth in Kenya. The study focused on the extent to which SNSs facilitate consumption of political information and the role of SNSs in influencing political interest, knowledge and behaviour ...


How Queensland Newspapers Reported Public Sector Information Reform, Rhonda Breit, Richard Fitzgerald, Shuang Liu, Regan Neal Jan 2017

How Queensland Newspapers Reported Public Sector Information Reform, Rhonda Breit, Richard Fitzgerald, Shuang Liu, Regan Neal

Graduate School of Media and Communications

This article explores the role of media in Freedom of Information (FOI) policy transfer, using a case study of Queensland’s 2009 FOI reforms. A multi-dimensional analysis was used to discover how newspapers reported changes in Queensland’s public sector information (PSI) policy to identify whether stories on PSI policy were reframed over time. At a quantitative level, the text analytics software Leximancer was used to identify key concepts, issues and trends in 786 relevant articles from national, metropolitan and regional newspapers. At a qualitative level, discourse analysis was used to identify key themes and patterns from the newspaper articles ...


Internationalization As De-Westernization Of The Curriculum: The Case Of Journalism At An Australian University, Rhonda Breit, Levi Obijiofor, Richard Fitzgerald Jan 2013

Internationalization As De-Westernization Of The Curriculum: The Case Of Journalism At An Australian University, Rhonda Breit, Levi Obijiofor, Richard Fitzgerald

Graduate School of Media and Communications

Internationalization of the curriculum points to the interdependent and interconnected (globalized) world in which higher education operates. However, while international awareness is crucial to the study of journalism, in practice this often means an Anglo-American curriculum based around Western principles of journalism education and training that are deeply rooted in Western values and traditions. This tendency to privilege Western thought, practice, and values obscures from view other journalism practices and renders Western models of journalism desirable, replicable, and transplantable to any part of the world. This article discusses the engagement of a small group of staff in the process of ...


Empowering And Engaging Students In Learning Research Methods, Rhonda Breit, Shaung Liu Jan 2013

Empowering And Engaging Students In Learning Research Methods, Rhonda Breit, Shaung Liu

Graduate School of Media and Communications

The capacity to conduct research is essential for university graduates to survive and thrive in their future career. However, research methods courses have often been considered by students as "abstract", "uninteresting", and "hard". Thus, motivating students to engage in the process of learning research methods has become a crucial challenge for lecturers. This paper reports a study which incorporates students' prior (international) experiences into learning academic research in order to enhance relatedness, engagement, and a sense of empowerment. The findings indicate that student attitudes to learning research methods are closely related to the level of their engagement in the learning ...


News’ Australian Story Of Ethics And Self-Regulation: A Cautionary Tale, Rhonda Breit, Matthew Ricketson Jan 2012

News’ Australian Story Of Ethics And Self-Regulation: A Cautionary Tale, Rhonda Breit, Matthew Ricketson

Graduate School of Media and Communications

No abstract provided.


Uniform Defamation Law In Australia: Moving Towards A More 'Reasonable' Privilege, Rhonda Breit Jan 2011

Uniform Defamation Law In Australia: Moving Towards A More 'Reasonable' Privilege, Rhonda Breit

Graduate School of Media and Communications

A new uniform defamation regime now operates in Australia. This article canvasses the Uniform Defamation Laws (UDLs), focusing on the defence of qualified privilege and its capacity to protect mass media publications in the public interest. Drawing on case law and analysis of the key approaches to statutory privilege, the article evaluates the current approach to statutory qualified privilege. Taking account of observations in O'Hara v Sims (2008, 2009) about the operation of qualified privilege, it questions whether the UDL statutory qualified privilege will ultimately censor publications in the public interest and restrict the application of the qualified privilege ...


Constructing Legal Narratives: Law, Language And The Media, Jane Johnston, Rhonda Breit Jan 2010

Constructing Legal Narratives: Law, Language And The Media, Jane Johnston, Rhonda Breit

Graduate School of Media and Communications

This paper proposes using the theory of narratology to connect legal discourses and processes with the way the media translate the law into news. Focussing on the Australian context, it looks at the choice of language used by media in covering courts, how stories are told and retold within these primarily textual environments, as well as the selection processes used by journalists in covering these rounds. The paper extends the argument for a narratology of courts, to a narratology of court reporting, suggesting fundamental criteria of story, discourse and the interpretative context be examined. It foreshadows the need for a ...


Professionalization And Public Relations: An Ethical Mismatch, Rhonda Breit, Kristin Demetrious Jan 2010

Professionalization And Public Relations: An Ethical Mismatch, Rhonda Breit, Kristin Demetrious

Graduate School of Media and Communications

This paper explores the ethical culture in which contemporary public relations practitioners’ work and how it relates to the professionalisation of the domain. Focusing on the international umbrella public relations institution Global Alliance (GA) and other important industry bodies such as the Public Relations Institute of Australia (PRIA) and Public Relations Institute of New Zealand (PRINZ), we study how the ‘work’ of a public relations practitioner is described, and as a corollary, what professional and ethical standards are promoted. Our analysis draws on theories of professions (Abbott 1988; Anderson and Schudson 2009; Volti 2008) and narrative (Surma 2004, Herman 2009 ...


How The Law Defines Journalism, Rhonda Breit Jan 2008

How The Law Defines Journalism, Rhonda Breit

Graduate School of Media and Communications

No abstract provided.


Journalistic Self-Regulation In Australia: Is It Ready For The Information Society?, Rhonda Breit Jan 2008

Journalistic Self-Regulation In Australia: Is It Ready For The Information Society?, Rhonda Breit

Graduate School of Media and Communications

This article examines the system of journalistic accountability in Australia, evaluating its capacity to promote `the highest ethical and professional standards' seen as fundamental to achieving the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) vision for an inclusive information society. First, it outlines the approach to media and journalistic accountability adopted in Australia. It then analyses a representative sample of journalism codes of ethics and codes of practice, classifying them according to their approaches to self-regulation, the key characteristics of the codes and the approaches to dispute resolution adopted. The findings of this analysis are then compared with best practice ...


Towards A Theory Of Journalism As Practice, Rhonda Breit Jan 2004

Towards A Theory Of Journalism As Practice, Rhonda Breit

Graduate School of Media and Communications

The State of the news media survey 2004 has found that journalists in the United States believe "business pressures are making the news they produce thinner and shallower" (Kovach, Rosenstiel & Mitchell, 2004, p. 1). In fact, Kovach et al (2004, p.2) state that an increasing number of journalists identify economics as their greatest concern, with 66 per cent 0/national journalists and 57 per cent of local journalists surveyed believing "increased bottom-line pressure is seriously hurting the quality of news coverage ", This paper seeks to provide a theoretical framework which explains this dilemma. The theory articulated challenges views 0 ...


Ethics In Journalism And Cheryl Kernot: A Colloquium, Rhonda Breit, John Harrison, Martin Hirst, Trina Mclellan, Desley Bartlett Jan 2002

Ethics In Journalism And Cheryl Kernot: A Colloquium, Rhonda Breit, John Harrison, Martin Hirst, Trina Mclellan, Desley Bartlett

Graduate School of Media and Communications

Ethics asks the 'ought' question. Ought Laurie Oakes have disclosed Cheryl Kernot's affair with Gareth Evans? Ought the affair be taken into account in any assessment of Kernot's motives for defecting to the ALP? Ought Kernot have disclosed the affair to ALP leaders before her defection? Ought Kernot have omitted the affair from her memoir? Ought politicians' private lives be paraded in public? Ought journalists re-consider their treatment of high-profile women in public life? All these issues and more are discussed in the colloquium below.


Hyperlinks, Frames And Metatags: Some Legal Problems, Rhonda Breit Jan 2000

Hyperlinks, Frames And Metatags: Some Legal Problems, Rhonda Breit

Graduate School of Media and Communications

No abstract provided.


Chakravarti V Advertiser Newspapers: Lessons For Journalists, Rhonda Breit Jan 1999

Chakravarti V Advertiser Newspapers: Lessons For Journalists, Rhonda Breit

Graduate School of Media and Communications

The lower courts are now interpreting the High Court's judgement in Chakravarti v Advertiser Newspaper Ltd, which was handed down in May 1998. As the lower courts grapple with the decision, journalists must still produce reports of complex legal matters. Unfortunately for Australian journalists, the Chakravarti decision has done little to clarify the uncertainty surrounding defamation law. In fact, the decision can be criticised for increasing that uncertainty. This article examines the effect of the Chakravarti case on journalism by analysing the text of the various judgements and: extracting the legal principles which bind journalist; identifying areas where the ...