Symposium on The Australian newspaper’s influence

The Macquarie University Centre for Media History is holding a symposium on 50 years of The Australian Newspaper and its impact on politics, arts and the media in Australia.

 The release:

The Centre for Media History at Macquarie University in Sydney is pleased to present a two-day symposium in Sydney, ‘The Heart of the Nation? 50 Years of The Australian’.

Editors, journalists, reviewers, commentators and market researchers will join academics to explore the history of the newspaper – one of the Australian media’s most influential mastheads. Keynote addresses will be delivered by Paul Kelly, Editor-at-Large, and Mark Day, former Editor-in-Chief of The Australian.

Other speakers – including Michelle Gunn, Julie Rigg, Sol Lebovic, Sylvia Lawson, Matthew Ricketson and Andrew Dodd – will address topics ranging from media policy, media reporting, audience research and cartooning, to coverage of Indigenous affairs and the arts.

‘Though not originally conceived as a national daily when it was launched on 15 July 1964, The Australian grew rapidly in circulation in the late 1960s, lost sales after it supported the dismissal of the Whitlam government in 1975, and didn’t see its circulation recover until the late 1980s’, notes symposium co-convenor Professor Murray Goot. ‘From its earliest days it has influenced not only Australian politics, but also the content and style of other broadsheets, especially in Melbourne and Sydney’.

The symposium will be held at the Macquarie Graduate School of Management, in Sydney’s CBD, on Monday 7–8 Tuesday July 2014.

The symposium convenors, Professor Murray Goot (0422 657 927) and Professor Bridget Griffen-Foley (0412 386 548), are available for interview. Email: b.foley@mq.edu.au


Source: Macquarie University


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