Journalism by Numbers: What the Census Tells us about Journalists and Journalism since the 1960s​

Presented by Prof Tom O'Regan and Cathering Young

Date: Friday 26 April, 2019
Time: 3:00pm-4:00pm
Location: Digital Learning Space (Room 224, Level 2), Joyce Ackroyd Building (#37) 

Abstract:

In this paper we use the five yearly census of occupations and industries to develop a comparative historical perspective on Australian journalism stretching from 1961, but especially centred on 1986-2016, to chart the changing and continuing character of journalist employment across both media forms and industries. Connecting these patterns of journalism employment with wider histories of media transformation of which our latest iteration, online media form a part, we show how journalist employment grew well above that for the general workforce for extended periods over this time, accompanied by periods of stasis and occasional declines in 1991, 2011 and 2016. Over this period the writing professions gradually recalibrated from one conducted under the mastersign of journalism to one where journalism and authors became more distinct to a contemporary moment when their boundaries are once again blurring. This shift is mirrored by the rise within journalism of the more author-related professions like that of (newspaper and magazine) editor and that of reviewer, essayist, and columnist at the expense of the reporter professions such as print, radio and television journalist. We then turn our attention to the changing complexion of this employment in both the media and other industries. Focusing particularly on the relation between print, radio, television, and online we link their changing shares of total journalist media industry employment to the changing fortunes of these industries. We conclude with a discussion of how the open internet era (2001-2011) was substantially in continuity with the longue durée of journalism and media development that precedes it while the platform media era (2011-2016) marks a significant departure from them.

 

Presenter:

Tom O'Regan is Professor of Media and Cultural Studies in the School of Communication and Arts where he researches the emergence of platform media and the successive waves of media transformation that preceded their Australian development. 

Catherine Young is a PhD student in journalism in the School of Communication and Arts completing a thesis on data journalism exploring how software applications using large datasets are being and could be used by journalists.

 


 

About Research Seminar and Workshop Series

 


The research seminar and workshop series' occur each semester, each with a different topic and guest speaker from UQ or otherwise.

Unless otherwise advertised, the seminars occur on a Friday afternoon from 3-4 pm in the Digital Learning Space (Room 224) in the Joyce Ackroyd Building (#37).

Semester 1, 2019 Seminars & Workshops

 

Friday, 1 March
3pm-4pm

Honours Welcome

Level 6, Michie Building (#9)

 

Friday, 8 March
3pm-4pm

The Media, Populism, and Polarization in the German Context

Digital Learning Space (Room 224, Level 2),
Joyce Ackroyd Building (#37)

Dr Bernhard Goodwin (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München) 

Friday, 22 March
4:30pm

Roundtable: On New Dramaturgy

Terrace Room, Sir Llew Edwards Building (#14)

Katalin Trencsényi (Royal Academy of Dramatic Art)
Bernadette Cochrane
Kathryn Kelly (QUT)
Stephen Carleton

Friday, 29 March
3-4 pm

Storifying Science: Translating Environment through Ecobiography

Digital Learning Space (Room 224, Level 2),
Joyce Ackroyd Building (#37)

Dr Jessica White
Friday, 12 April
12noon-1:00pm

CSC Exchange

Participatory methods to understand decision-making processes of Filipino rice farmers in the face of climate change

Room 208
Joyce Ackroyd Building (#37)

Jaime A. Manalo IV 
Research specialist at the Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice)

Centre for Communication and Social Change
https://www.uq.edu.au/ccsc/

Friday, 12 April
3-4pm

Streaming, disruption and the evolving cultures of use

Digital Learning Space (Room 224, Level 2),
Joyce Ackroyd Building (#37)

Emeritus Professor Graeme Turner

Friday, 26 April
3-4pm

Journalism by Numbers: What the Census Tells us about Journalists and Journalism since the 1960s

Digital Learning Space (Room 224, Level 2),
Joyce Ackroyd Building (#37)

Prof Tom O'Regan and Catherine Young

Friday, 3 May
3-4pm

The Pedagogy of Listening / Listening to people in the age of investment thinking

Digital Learning Space (Room 224, Level 2),
Joyce Ackroyd Building (#37)

Dr Linje Manyozo (RMIT)

Friday, 10 May
3-4pm

The Sweden of the South: Australia's Eurovision Love Affair

Digital Learning Space (Room 224, Level 2),
Joyce Ackroyd Building (#37)

Dr Chris Hay
Friday, 17 May
4-7pm

Visual Disturbances: An Essay Film

Room214, Otto Hirschfeld Building

Dr Eric Faden (Bucknell University, USA)
Friday, 17 May
3-4pm

Workshop: Tips and insights on applying for non-ARC funding

Digital Learning Space (Room 224, Level 2),
Joyce Ackroyd Building (#37)

A/Prof Kelly Fielding
Friday, 24 May
3-4pm

Transferring Below-the-line Skillsets Across Creative Indisutries in Early Television

Digital Learning Space (Room 224, Level 2),
Joyce Ackroyd Building (#37)

Dr Alex Bevan

 

Venue

Room: 
Digital Learning Space (Room 224, Level 2), Joyce Ackroyd Building (#37)