• Beware disinformation around COVID vaccines

    Elise Thomas     |      August 24, 2020

    Policymakers, media outlets, social media platforms and vaccine manufacturers should be aware that politically motivated disinformation is only likely to increase as the race for a Covid-19 vaccine intensifies.

  • Why who gets to tell Australian stories matters

    James Arvanitakis     |      August 22, 2020

    As a democratic society, we are reliant on a strong and representative fourth estate to balance power relations and hold the powerful to account. In a multicultural society, only a more inclusive approach will lead to greater relevance to the population.

  • Closing the diversity gap in TV news

    Open Forum     |      August 17, 2020

    Australia’s television news media acutely lacks cultural and linguistic diversity, according to new research by four Australian universities in partnership with Media Diversity Australia.

  • Sharing to social media: Sensationalism or social good?

    Rachel Gray     |      August 12, 2020

    People should consider the implications of posting images and footage of tragic events online, says UNSW’s Alyce McGovern. 

  • How social media bots seed social discord

    Elise Thomas     |      August 7, 2020

    The widespread proliferation of low-quality, unsophisticated but persistent disinformation and political influence efforts on social media can crowd out genuine information.

  • A lifeline for Australian media?

    Rob Nicholls     |      August 3, 2020

    Cash strapped Australian media companies have been thrown a lifeline through a new draft code which allows them to bargain – individually or collectively – with Google and Facebook to be paid for the content they provide.

  • Why do conspiracy theorists film themselves spurning face masks?

    Elise Thomas     |      July 30, 2020

    Taking away the immediate validation which conspiracy theorists are showered with when they post these videos online would remove a lot of the reason for making them in the first place.

  • The rise and fall of TikTok

    Fergus Ryan     |      July 20, 2020

    With its back to the wall, the company behind the highly successful TikTok app is throwing everything it can at stave off further bans around the world, given fears over user privacy and its links to the Chinese Communist Party.

  • Turn on, tune in, lockdown

    Julia Vassilieva     |      July 19, 2020

    Working alongside each other, broadcast media, social media, citizen science and individually-produced footage rapidly established a distinctive “visual economy” for screen representations of COVID-19.

  • The branch-stacking scandal: How the fourth estate safeguards Australian democracy

    Liam Lander     |      June 19, 2020

    Traditional media outlets have suffered as a result of COVID-19, but the recent revelations of corruption within the Victorian Labor Party by investigative journalists underlines once again the vital role they play in protecting our democracy.

  • China’s twitter war against the West

    Jake Wallis     |      June 14, 2020

    The Chinese government deploys propaganda and disinformation against the West to pursue its strategic goals, and Twitter has become a major battleground.

  • Just the facts, Ma’am

    Caroline Tang     |      June 4, 2020

    Fake news has proliferated around COVID-19, so how can scientists cut through the misinformation about the pandemic to inform the public of the facts?