Abstract:
​We are all familiar with the activities of political spin doctors, yet much of our knowledge is filtered through reports by journalists whose image of them is often not flattering. In this paper I use interviews with 28 media advisers to Labor and Coalition governments to try to assess the influence of spin doctors on the news. Among other issues I will discuss the co-operation (as well as conflict) between media advisers and journalists and the way in which news is a result of negotiated process. Finally I will examine Tiffen’s notion of spin as a two edged sword which sometimes produces the opposite result to that intended.

Bio:
Dr David McKnight is an associate professor at the University of New South Wales, in Sydney, Australia.  He is the author of a number of books on the media, politics and history. They include his latest book, Big Coal, (co-authored)  and Rupert Murdoch: an investigation of political power, as well as  Beyond Right and Left: New Politics and the Culture War which discusses renewal of the progressive political vision.   His current research areas cover political spin as well as  climate change and politics. He was formerly a journalist on the Sydney Morning Herald and on ABC TV’s Four Corners as well as the weekly Tribune

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.

The seminars occur on a Friday afternoon from 3-4 pm in Room 601 in the Michie Building (#9).

Semester 2, 2017 Seminars & Workshops

 

Friday, 2 March
3-4pm

Construction of Asylum Seekers

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

Dr Stephen Crofts

Friday, 9 March
3-4pm

Workshop: Metrics for Grant Writing and Promotion

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

Angela Hannan and Kathleen Smeaton
(UQ Library)

Friday, 16 March
3-4pm

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

Dr Ewa Lajer-Burcharth
(Harvard University)

Friday, 23 March
3-4pm

Robert Smithton exhibition at UQ Art Museum

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

Dr Amelia Barikin

Friday, 20 April
3-4pm

Rise of "Bright Noir": Redemption and Moral Optimism in American Contemporary TV-Noir

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

Dr Alberto Garcia
(University of Navarra)

 

Friday, 27 April
3-4pm

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

Prof. Murray Pomerance (tbc)
Friday, 4 May
3-4pm

Paul Lazarsfeld and Facebook: Re-Reading Personal Influence in an Age of Social Media

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

Prof Tom O'Regan
Friday 18 May
3-4pm

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

Dr Skye Doherty
Friday, 1 June
3-4pm

The Digital Face in Cinema, Technology, Cultural Reception

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

Dr Lisa Bode