Golden Ages of Journalism
Golden Ages of Journalism
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|13th Australian Media Traditions Conference 2023
13th Australian Media Traditions Conference 2023
Australian Media Traditions Conference
20 to end of 21 Sep 2023
University of Southern Queensland
The conference theme is media 'beyond boundaries'.
Many media move beyond boundaries, whether national or international. Media has been a driving force of globalisation. Print may be distributed widely, cable services connect nations, broadcasts do not stop at borders, and the Internet connects world-wide.
As Ashforth, Kreiner, and Fugate remarked in 2000, “the concept of boundaries has been used in numerous disciplines to refer to the physical, temporal, emotional, cognitive and/or relational limits that define entities as separate from one another”.
Boundaries can therefore include nation state borders, cultural, political, legal, regulatory, personal, social and temporal boundaries, and boundaries between media platforms themselves.
Australian Media Traditions 2023 invites scholars to share research perspectives on media’s historical movements beyond boundaries, both within Australia and internationally.
Conference to cover areas including media institutions (newspaper, magazine, radio, television, and cinema), advertising, audiences, book publishing, digital gaming, journalism, libraries, media preservation and archiving, policy and regulation, publishers and printers, convergence and technological developments. Although offers connected to the theme of “beyond boundaries” are encouraged, all proposals for papers and panels will be considered.
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Across cultural boundaries, stories of lost golden ages have become part of the newsroom folklore about the journalism profession. This paper offers a fresh perspective about the stories of golden eras that have influenced journalism. Taking a discursive approach, the paper focuses on newsroom discussions about the golden ages of watchdog reporting in Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States. It shows how journalists developed more optimistic rhetoric than it was often previously assumed about investigative, or watchdog, reporting that seeks to protect the public interest. At the turn of the twentieth century, Australian journalists warned news colleagues to defy commentaries that “the editor is dead.” Contemporary journalists increasingly advocated an open revolt against the elegiac tributes to the vanished good old days. Reporters shared varied stories about professional honour, courage and public duty that were an advance towards a more hopeful view of journalism. By 2015, veteran Australian news editor Mark Day promoted a need to revive “the old impetus of journalists owing readers nothing more than the truth.” This paper counters the traditional notion of sameness within the nations’ newsroom cultures. It reveals watchdog journalists’ aims to become change agents for the future and redirect the professional communities’ gaze away from the myths of an abandoned, golden yesteryear.
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|470105. Journalism studies
|430399. Historical studies not elsewhere classified
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