It is now Friday morning and the I am synthesising the last four days that I have been embedded at the News and Media Research Centre (NMRC), here a the University of Canberra. This is the first of three visits I will make here, and I will be back in July to undertake the next phase of research wonder.
The plan from the outset was to come to NMRC, share my research, mentor some emerging scholars and higher degree researchers and work on potential research connections. I think I did that in probably the best possible way! Also, props here to David Nolan who has been the host with the most – not only was this trip scholarly stimulating, it was also fun.
I gave a two–hour workshop on industry research and mentored a few PhD candidates on Tuesday – you can read about that here.
Wednesday was a chance to meet with one of the Directors at the National Gallery of Australia who looks after the digital media programs. This was a chance to talk through my research, get an overview of where the gallery is heading (particularly around automation and collections) and lay the foundations for future collaboration. Wednesday was also a chance to meet with the Associate Dean of Research and talk through the purpose of the Fellowship. Meeting and greeting was on the agenda over sensational Asian treats.
I also had a great brainstorming session with David Nolan around the potential of research within the Discovery Project space. We talked through evolving media ecosystems and worked through our foundational scholarly position within our research and where the cross over points are. I think we have something that is starting to flourish here.
Thursday was the last chance to make it all come together, which David and I did through more collaborative discussions about research. We really found a stride here and are moving towards a project.
Thursday was also a great chance to sit down with all (well Most) of the scholars of the NMRC. We exchanged our research areas, which is always refreshing to take time out of our everyday and talk about what really interests us as scholars. As expected, the NMRC is a powerhouse of scholars, ‘punching well above their weight’.
Here’s some take aways form that moment:
- Lead for Media Response for Royal Commission and Child Abuse
- w/David Nolan – Amplifying Indigenous News project
- w/Kate Holland – Understanding Harms of Gambling in the Digital Age
- Future scoping work for a project around ‘inquiry within mistrust’
- Free software and work and new forms of collaborations, volunteer work potential from a survey, Ford and Sloan, Digital Commons Council was established, mapping email addresses in GitHub.
- w/Rob Acland, Online networks, grant from VW Scheme working on echo chambers and online discourse
- w/ faculty on media literacy with kids, orient them to Wikipedia as a fact checking source.
- Australian lead on Digital News Report
- Looking to expand into media industries, working with ACN to develop a linkage, based on audience research
- Looking with SBS to apply research to multi-language audiences
- w/ Terry Flew Rise on Mistrust Discovery Project, international comparison
- Teaching media literacy from research
- Lead on Amplifying Indigenous News project
- News performance project – The Guardian
- Broader interest in media transformation for justice
- Repreentation in its broader snese
- Humanitarian media (a little on the back burner)
- Lead on Understanding Gambling Harms of Gambling in the Digital Age
- w/ Monique Lewis COVID AND communication
- Journalist coverage of COVID during Pandemic
- Diverse communities during COVID
- Existing Connection with Dr Olaf Werder (MECO)
- Postdoc – generalist
- Split between audience and news consumption, trust misinformation, social media use, attitudes towards news
- Political comms, policy and politic and discourse analysis, PE focus
- Client facing in last two years, Judith Neilson Institution, the ACMA, The SBS, partner orgs, specialist skill sets for short term projects