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Media, Democracy and Change: Refereed Proceedings of the Australian and New Zealand Communication Association Conference 2010


Welcome to the proceedings of the 2010 conference of the Australia and New Zealand Communication Association: Media, Democracy & Change. The conference was hosted by the University of Canberra, Australia, in collaboration with the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House, Canberra. Delegates and invited speakers gathered over three days in July to consider the challenges and consequences of rapid organisational and technological change in our media and communication industries. The role of public communication in organisational, political, creative, global and journalism settings was considered through numerous lenses across a diverse range of conference streams.

Click here to go to a list of the 2010 conference refereed papers.

The conference was opened on Wednesday morning by the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Canberra, Professor Stephen Parker, following a special Welcome to Country ceremony by local Ngunnawal elder, ‘Aunty’ Agnes Shea. Keynote speakers were John Durham Peters, JF Wendell Chair of Communication at the University of Iowa; Robyn Archer AO, Creative Director of the Centenary of Canberra; and Professor John Keane, Chair of Politics at Sydney University. We were delighted to secure three speakers of such high calibre, each of whom brought diverse perspectives to the conference theme of Media, Democracy and Change. John Peters’ wistful address considered the challenges to the idea of communication in a technically mediated communicative environment. Robyn Archer’s lyrical, wide ranging and entertaining address reflected on the changing role of a creative director in a global media environment, while John Keane challenged us to rethink traditional ideas about democracy in a networked era of ‘monitory democracy’. A special plenary session was held in the House of Representatives that took the form of a debate between leading public relations and journalism practitioners and academics on the question ‘Is there a Spin Dr in the House?’. The Museum of Australian Democracy’s Kate Cowie gave delegates an insight into the conference venue, inviting delegates to engage with the Museum’s exhibitions.

The organising committee is proud to present a strong body of published work in this collection of proceedings from the 2010 ANZCA conference. Of the 129 papers presented during the three days of the conference, 50 fully refereed papers are included in this volume, each of which has been subject to double-blind peer reviewing. This year’s 22 conference streams represent the diverse research and teaching interests in which ANZCA members and delegates are engaged, including: advertising/marketing communication; communication & creativity; communication & pedagogy; communication ethics; digital & social media; disability & communication; entertainment; global media & communication; health communication; Indigenous media & representation; information & knowledge sharing; intercultural communication; interpersonal communication; journalism & news media; media & citizenship; mobile communication; narrative/literary journalism; organisational communication; political communication; public relations; radio audio sound; and science & environment communication.

There were several sponsored prizes awarded at the conference. The Grant Noble Prize for best paper submitted by a postgraduate student (supported by the faculty of Arts, University of New England) was awarded to Lisa Waller (University of Canberra), for her paper Singular influence: Mapping the ascent of Daisy M. Bates in popular understanding and indigenous policy. The Christopher Newell Prize for best paper dealing with disability and communication, or questions of equity, diversity and social justice as pertaining to communication, was won by Elspeth Tilley and Tyron Love (Massey University), for their paper Learning from Kaupapa Maori: Issues and techniques for engagement. The referees’ choice for best overall referee’s reports was won by the team of Tim Marjoribanks, David Nolan and Karen Farquharson, for their paper Media representation of Sudanese people in Australia: An initial analysis. Each of these papers is included in these proceedings, and Lisa’s paper will feature in the Australian Journal of Communication, 37(2), 2010.

We thank delegates, presenters, guest speakers, members of the organising committee and student volunteers from the University of Canberra for making the ANZCA 2010 conference such an enjoyable and memorable event. We look forward to seeing many of you again at our next conference, to be hosted by the University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand, from 6-8 July 2011, with the theme: Communication on the edge: Shifting boundaries and identities. For further information about the conference, to submit a paper or register your attendance, contact the conference organizer, Alison Henderson, at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or visit the conference website at: http://wms-soros.mngt.waikato.ac.nz/anzca/default/

Kerry McCallum
Chair, ANZCA 2010 conference organising committee

ISBN: 978-1-74088-319-1

Editor: Associate Professor Kerry McCallum

Editorial Assistant: Monica Andrew

Refereeing Statement: All article published in this proceedings have been blind reviewed by a mimimum of two referees.

Refereed Proceedings: Full text refereed articles are available here.

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ANZCA2010 Conference: July 7-9, Old Parliament House, Canberra, Australia

Citing Articles from this proceedings: Citation style depends upon the referencings system you are using, but here is one example:

Name, Initial. (2010). Title of article. In K. McCallum (Ed.), Media Democracy and Change: Refereed Proceedings of the Australian and New Zealand Communications Association Annual Conference, Canberra, July 7-9. ISBN 987-1-74088-319-1. Available at: http://www.proceedings.anzca10.org

Program: default  ANZCA10 program (407.05 kB)

Keynotes: Details of keynote speakers are available here.