Global Media Journal – Acknowledgement

Global Media Journal - Australian Edition acknowledges the Darug and Gandangarra peoples as the traditional owners and custodians of the lands on which the production of the journal takes place. The editorial team respects their ongoing cultural and spiritual connections to this country.




Global Media Journal - Australian Edition gratefully acknowledges the support of Western Sydney University

Global Media Journal was founded by Yahya R. Kamalipour
Professor and Department Head
Department of Communication and Creative Arts
Purdue University Calumet

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Global Fusion

Global Media Journal is the official publication of the Global Fusion Consortium.

My Global Village

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Global Media Monitor

Graduate Research

Post Graduate students are strongly encouraged to submit papers to the Australian Edition for consideration. Papers are double blind reviewed by peer reviewers.

Abstracting and Indexing

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GMJ Global Editions and Editors

The Australian Edition is a member of the innovative and original Global Media Journal: an online-only, open access, global resource for communication and media studies scholarship, with independent editions around the world. The Global Media Journal will continue expanding worldwide, adding new editions, including African, Australian, and Persian editions. Save your link to the Australian Edition and then visit our other journal websites listed below.


This is our second publication of a selection of papers based on the School of Humanities and Communication Arts’ Postgraduate Conference ‘Interventions & Intersections’. As with our previous publication (Volume 4 #2 issue for 2010), the papers have been selected to reflect the diverse range of contributions made by presenters with a focus on the high quality of the School’s Higher Degree Research students.

I would like to acknowledge the dedicated work of Dr Rachel Morley and Dr Milissa Deitz who have guest edited this issue, the work of the editorial management team in the planning and execution of the issue, especially Myra Gurney and Roman Goik, and the support provided by Suzanne Gapps, our editorial assistant. Thanks as well to all those who have responded to our referee requests.

Hart Cohen

Guest Editorial

Piled Higher and Deeper by Jorge Cham (

Piled Higher and Deeper by Jorge Cham ( is popular amongst postgraduate students, as is Inger Mewburn’s The Thesis Whisperer. While the two are wildly different in style – PhD Comics is a light-hearted ‘webcomic’ about the trials of postgraduate study while The Thesis Whisperer is a ‘from the trenches’ styled blog – the two sites retain a common goal of providing support to a community whose individuals often report feeling disconnected and even disheartened by the sometimes arduous nature of postgraduate work.



The Australian edition of Global Media Journal invites the submission of essays and research reports that focus on any aspects in the field of Communication, Media and Journalism. We are particularly interested in articles that explore some of the following themes:

  • Media and Democracy
  • Children and Media
  • Grassroots and alternative media
  • Media Law and Ethics
  • Civic Journalism
  • Peace Communication
  • Ethnicity and the media
  • Political economy of communication
  • Film and Media
  • Media Audiences
  • Media Policies
  • Media, Citizenship and Democracy
  • Communication and Cultures in Conflict
  • Theories of Communication
  • Media and Globalisation

Australian Media Monitor

Regime change

The usual political fault lines are at play in the media following the demise of the Abbott ancien régime. But a new twist surfaced in what some were calling a 'civil war' at the house of Murdoch (Seccombe, 'Civil war at News Corp', The Saturday Paper, 26 September-2 October 2015). The rightwing fruitcakes like Bolt over at News, were apparently going into meltdown now that moneybags Malcolm had moved into the Lodge and were appalled that these sentiments were not being churned out everywhere in the news factory. From Bolt's perspective (as seen in full tilt on Ten's The Bolt Report), it appears that the folks over at News' loss leader The Australian were too accepting of the regime change. Chris Mitchell, (now former) Editor-In-Chief of the Oz, responded in these terms: 'Bolt's audience includes many conservative retirees, whereas The Australian's readership is younger, rich, better educated and working in the legal, political or business community. These people don't read the Tele or Bolt'. The new esprit de corps? ...more


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Books for review

Books for Review

The Australian edition of Global Media Journal encourages individual reviewers to submit reviews of their own selected texts. Guidelines for Book Review Submission can be downloaded here.

For further information concerning book reviews and/or books available for review, contact the Editor of this section Dr. Antonio Castillo at

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