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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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It gives me great pleasure to once again welcome ANZCA to the pages of Global Media Journal – Australia Edition.  As with our last engagement with ANZCA papers in 2015 (Swinburne), we welcome the interest from the conveners of the 2016 ANZCA conference from the University of Newcastle to publish a selection of the papers. In now our tenth year of publication, we continue to make a significant contribution to communication and media studies in Australia. Many thanks to the guest editors, Dr Janet Fulton and Associate Professor Phillip McIntyre of Newcastle University for their efficient and diligent work in selecting and reviewing the papers. Thanks also to their referees who have assisted in the maintenance of high standards of scholarship for the journal. In addition to the ANZCA papers, we feature an essay in this issue by one of our editors, Dr Antonio Castillo. Dr Castillo’s contribution is on the Latin American Investigative Journalism Award that annually honours the best investigative stories produced in the region. We have also included the regular Media Monitors column from Dr Tim Dwyer and a number of book reviews to round out the issue.

Our next issue on the theme of “Narrative Resistance” is underway. The issue is a mix of Australian and European scholarship involving collaborators from a conference on the ethics of storytelling at the University of Turku, Finland. As usual, I acknowledge the great efforts of the GMJ/AU editorial team for their production work on this issue especially Myra Gurney, Antonio Castillo Roman Goik and Rachel Morley.

Hart Cohen
Western Sydney University

Guest Editorial

Janet Fulton
University of Newcastle

Phillip McIntyre
University of Newcastle

We are very pleased to present this collection of papers that showcases research presented at the 2016 conference of the Australian and New Zealand Communication Association (ANZCA). This edition is a continuation of a collaboration started in 2014 by then-ANZCA president Dr. Diana Bossio and we are proud to continue the relationship between ANZCA and GMJ-AU.

To provide a brief background for those who may not know about ANZCA, the Association is the professional body for Australian and Aotearoa New Zealand communication academics and practitioners. The Association is involved in scholarship and teaching in such diverse areas as journalism, public relations, law and ethics, creativity and communication, citizenship, new media, mobile, digital and social media, pedagogy, organisational and interpersonal communication, internet studies, advertising, environmental and science communication, radio, television and screen production, and media studies. The annual conference provides opportunities to present and discuss research from a broad range of communication areas and network with scholars from around Australia and New Zealand as well as internationally with many of the Association’s academics well known and active in the international communication community.



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

* This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.

FactCheck: is Australia’s level of media ownership concentration one of the highest in the world?

Australia’s level of media ownership concentration is already one of the highest in the world. – Shadow minister for communications, Michelle Rowland, press release, November 8, 2016.

The government’s Broadcasting Legislation Amendment (Media Reform) Bill 2016 proposes cutting a rule that stops commercial TV networks from broadcasting to more than 75% of Australians. The House of Representatives passed the bill, which will now go to the Senate.

Labor has said it supports repealing the 75% reach rule but opposes changing the “two-out-of-three rule”, which prevents companies from holding a controlling interest in more than two firms that operate television broadcasting, radio broadcasting or newspaper publishing in the same region.

Labor’s shadow minister for communications, Michelle Rowland, said repealing the two-out-of-three rule would reduce “the diversity of voices across the media landscape”.

She said Australia’s level of media ownership concentration is already one of the highest in the world.

Is that true?



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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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