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4th Edition

The Media and Communications in Australia

ISBN 9781743311639
Published January 2, 2014 by Routledge
424 Pages

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Book Description

Traditional media are being reshaped by digital technologies. The funding model for quality journalism has been undermined by the drift of advertising online, demarcations between different forms of media are rapidly fading, and audiences have fragmented. We can catch up with our favourite TV show on a tablet, social media can be more important than mainstream radio in a crisis, and organisations large and small have become publishers in their own right on apps. Nevertheless mainstream media remain powerful.

The Media and Communications in Australia offers a systematic introduction to this dynamic field. Fully updated and revised to take account of recent developments, this fourth edition outlines the key media industries and explains how communications technologies are impacting on them. It provides a thorough overview of the main approaches taken in studying the media, and includes an expanded 'issues' section with new chapters on social media, gaming, apps, the environment, media regulation, ethics and privacy.

With contributions from some of Australia's best researchers and teachers in the field, The Media and Communications in Australia remains the most comprehensive and reliable introduction to media and communications available. It is an ideal student text, and a reference for teachers of media and anyone interested in this influential industry.

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About the authors


Introduction: The media and communications today - Stuart Cunningham and Sue Turnbull


1 The media and communications: Theoretical traditions - John Sinclair

2 Textual analysis - Alan McKee

3 Representation - Kate Bowles

4 Imagining the audience - Sue Turnbull

5 Policy and regulation - Stuart Cunningham


6 The press - Rodney Tiffen

7 Telecommunications - Jock Given

8 Radio - Bridget Griffen-Foley

9 Film, video, DVD and online delivery - Deb Verhoeven

10 Television - Stephen Harrington

11 Magazines - Frances Bonner

12 Advertising and marketing - John Sinclair

13 Popular music - Shane Homan

14 The internet, online and mobile communication - Gerard Goggin

15 Games: Mobile, locative and social - Larissa Hjorth


16 Social media - Jean Burgess and John Banks

17 Social selves - Rowan Wilken and Anthony McCosker

18 'White bread' media - Tanja Dreher

19 Celebrity culture - Graeme Turner

20 The ethics of privacy - Kate Bowles

21 Sports media - David Rowe

22 Media and the environment - Libby Lester

23 Public service broadcasting - Maureen Burns

24 Classification and regulation - Terry Flew

25 The apps industry - Ben Goldsmith

26 Media ethics - Catharine Lumby

27 Crisis communication - Axel Bruns



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STUART CUNNINGHAM is Distinguished Professor of Media and Communications, Queensland University of Technology, and Director of the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation. SUE TURNBULL is Professor in Communication and Media Studies at the University of Wollongong, and editor of Media International Australia.