Saturday, 31 March 2012

Mamapalooza Takes Sydney! - Press Release


Press Release

MAMAPALOOZA TAKES SYDNEY!
@ Tap Gallery 8th-13th May 2012

Mothers of the world take note - Sydney will be on the map in 2012 with a carnivalesque Festival of Arts celebrating Mamapalooza 'the Aussie way!' says festival organiser Vee Malnar.

Musicians, magicians, poets, singer-songwriters, visual and performance artists, comediennes, storytellers, artist-intellectuals  will grace the Sydney stage in May 2012, and create herstory.

Mamapalooza is an international festival celebrated around the world, honouring mothers in the arts.

"Why do we need a festival like this? Surely mothers can just perform or submit their work through the already established organizations like everybody else? Why do we need to celebrate Mothers in the Arts?"

"There's a bit of complacency in Oz" says singer-songwriter and mother of three, Kathy Cox, "particularly around women's talent. And motherhood brings out new creative ideas that comes with the change of identity so there is much that needs to be showcased." 

"Statistically most mothers stop their careers and focus on the new family, and their creative work comes to a grinding halt, either forever, or for a long time. It affects their identity and their mothering", says Vee Malnar. Mamapalooza re-focuses that creativity back to mothers, showing them their worth. Also scattered throughout the community we already have some incredible artists whose work incorporates motherhood themes that have never been seen before and/or who deserve a greater profile. Artists like, Mindy Sotiri, Zelda Smyth, Hiske, Lou Lou Pollard and many more.

"We need to bring together the extraordinary talent of so many mothers in this country and showcase it under the same umbrella – audiences will be enthralled!" adds Vee, who as well as organising the festival is an all-round artist specialising in performance, comedy, film, and painting in her spare time.

"So don’t miss this  wonderful week of arts, entertainment and ideas starting on the 8th of May at Tap Gallery.  We will have an art exhibition with awards, an original songwriter night, stand-up comedy, an open seminar on mothers in the arts, and much much more!"

For those who would like to attend, contribute or participate please join the group and help in the collective collaboration of a fantastic festival. 

It starts now with you!"

Vee Malnar for Mamapalooza Sydney          

Contact 
 http://www.facebook.com/events/299769770062231/

Vee Malnar 
Mamapalooza Sydney Festival Organiser
veemalnar@gmail.com
mob: 0402036082

Ruth Skilbeck
Mamapalooza Sydney Media Coordinator
skilbeck.ruth@gmail.com
mob: +61 (0)410135178

Lesley Dimmick 
Gallery Manager
Tap Gallery
178 Palmer St. Darlinghurst, NSW 2010 
Lesley Dimmick <info@tapgallery.org.au>
ph: 0393610440                                                                   

Founder: Joy Rose  www.mamapalooza.com

Award winning film at Mamapalooza Sydney 2012

Mamapalooza Sydney latest schedule includes  Film Night with award winning film Maverick Mother by Janet Merewether. 

At 39, Janet's biological clock was chiming a deafening 'tick-tock'. A film about single motherhood by choice and the contemporary role of the father. 

Also screening is Rock Chikz, hilarious dead-pan comedy series by Vee Malnar about all-girl band from Sydney's (almost) inner west. In this episode the band auditions for a replacement when their keyboard player and mum leaves to spend more time with her family. 


TAP gallery presents


MAMAPALOOZA SYDNEY 2012
Program Schedule

8th – 13th  MAY 2012.

*Hey Hey Mama Art Prize: 
Artists Celebrating Motherhood.
8th-13th May 2012.
Opening Night Tuesday 8th May
@ Tap Gallery
Art inspired by motherhood, created by mothers. 
For entry forms to the art show please email: mamapaloozasydney@gmail.com
or pick up your entry form from Tap Gallery.

*Mama Songwriter Night
Wednesday 9th May 7.30pm
@ The Supper Club, The Oxford Hotel, 134 Oxford St.
Darlinghurst. Hosted by Carolyn Woodorth.
Songs inspired by Motherhood
with local and interstate singer-
songwriters! Tina Harrod, 
Mindy Sotiri, Rebekka Neville, Zelda Smyth,
Kathy Cox, Ruby & Faith and Hiske. 

*Mama Film Night
Thursday 10th May 7.30pm
@ Tap Gallery Entry by Donation.
Films inspired by Motherhood - 
Award-winning ‘Maverick Mother’ by Janet Merewether.
'At 39, Janet's biological clock was chiming a deafening 'tic-toc'. A film about single motherhood by choice and the contemporary role of the father.’
And ‘Rock Chikz’ by Vee Malnar
An all girl band have to find a replacement when their keyboard player and mum has to leave to give more time to her family.

*Mama SONGWRITER Night @ Parramatta 
Host Carolyn Woodorth
Friday 11th May from 7.30pm Mars Hill Cafe, 331 Church St.
Under 18 venue (no alcohol) 
Mums can bring their kids! $10 entry.
Contact Russell Neale to book a spot 
russellneal99@gmail.com

*Mama CLOWN Workshop with Ruby Star
Saturday 12th May 1-5pm: To register call Ruby on 0404917033.
www.facebook.com/events/256047717798537/ 

*Mama VARIETY Night 
Hosted by Lou Lou Pollard. 
Saturday 12th May 8pm
@ Tap Gallery, 278 Palmer St. Darlinghurst.
Mama Performers, Clowns, Stand-Up Comics - 
Christina Van Look, Kathryn Bendall, Kathryn Yuen,
Regina Botros, Ruby Star and more.

*Mama WORDSMITHS  “Mothers Day”
Sunday 13th May 3pm @ Tap Gallery
Catherine Walsh leads a discussion 
on Motherhood and the Arts, with 
Joan Garvan, Andie Fox,  and
Deborah Keenahan. 
Poets: Melissa Curran, Patricia Blackman,
Nola Bartollo,
An enlightened afternoon with 
poets, writers and artists. 
Free event. Come along after 
brunch with the family.


For more info 
or if you would like to get involved 
please contact Festival Organiser Vee Malnar 0402036082
or email  mamapaloozasydney@gmail.com
Media Coordinator Ruth Skilbeck
skilbeck.ruth@gmail.com   
Catherine Walsh  nooshylion@gmail.com
:
http://www.facebook.com/events/299769770062231/



Friday, 30 March 2012

Mamapalooza Sydney Poster

Mamapalooza Sydney 2012. Mama Clown Variety poster up now:

Poster by Vee Malnar


Connect with your inner clown in Ruby Star's Mama Clown Workshop, or watch Ruby Star's clowning and magic performances in Mama Variety Night.

Mamapalooza Sydney 2012. A festival of Mama arts.

Festival Organiser: Vee Malnar mamapaloozasydney@gmail.com
Media Co-ordinator: Ruth Skilbeck ruthskilbeck@hotmail.com
Tap Gallery: 278 Palmer St, Darlinghurst ph: 02 93610440 email: info@tapgallery.or.au



Monday, 26 March 2012

Mothers and History- MIRCI conference Toronto 10-12 May 2012


 I will be presenting my research into  Australian women's art and writing, motherhood and communication studies  at the groundbreaking international conference Mothers and History: Histories of Motherhood hosted by MIRCI (Motherhood Initiative for Research and Community Involvement), York University, Toronto, May 10-12th 2012. 

My research rethinks Australian cultural and family histories during the 20th century, and the generations in which countless thousands of mothers were excluded from official records and 'banished' from family memory.

My presentation outline is in the abstract:

Remembering Australia’s Forgotten Mothers
 This paper discusses research into hidden histories in Australia and processes of finding and reclaiming mothers and grandmothers lost from the public record in the 20th century decades of ‘the stolen generations’, when children were taken for adoption under a White Australia colonial policy of assimilation. Fanon showed how in colonial societies colonizers are as damaged as the colonized. This paper discusses personal and cultural effects of social deceptions, ‘white lies’ and identity–loss on descendants of mothers and grandmothers erased from family history, and the shift from observer to participant experienced by the author. When researching a grant on Indigenous and non-Indigenous contemporary women artists in international context I found a secret lost grandmother in my family history. Part of my research is in interviewing and dialogue with artists working with themes of the mother, and grandmother, in their art including Mary Kelly, and Aboriginal artist Fiona Foley’s work on hidden histories. The paper will show how these experiences led to ongoing art writing projects to rewrite forgotten mothers back into family and cultural history. This research was assisted by an Australia Council Visual Arts New Work grant.

Dr Ruth Skilbeck is a writer and lecturer at the Journalism and Media Research Centre, University of New South Wales. Her current research is in women’s art and writing, motherhood feminism, media and cultural studies. Her work is published in the media, scholarly journals and book chapters.
Ruth Skilbeck's conference  trip is generously sponsored by the Journalism and Media Research Centre, at the University of New South wales.




© Copyright Ruth Skilbeck, 2012

Toronto MIRCI conference, and Mamapalooza Sydney 2012

From Sydney to Toronto, 2012 Mother's Day week is turning out to be a busy time of multiple 'synergies' for the new Motherhood arts movement around the world..

I am flying to Toronto to present my research project 'Remembering Australia's Forgotten Mothers: Identity and Colonial History' at the MIRCI international conference Mothers and History: Histories of Motherhood, hosted by the Motherhood Initiative for Research and Community Involvement, York University on the 10-12th May. My trip is generously supported by the Journalism and Media Research Centre at the University of New South Wales, where I am a Lecturer.

At the same time the Mamapalooza Sydney festival that I have been involved in for the past few months,  runs from 8-13th May. I will be there in spirit and with images from my photographic series, Last Things, in the exhibition. 

Festival coordinator and film-maker Vee Malnar has suggested filming a video-talk of my presentation  to show at Mamapalooza Sydney during the festival; if not quite as good as teleportation nonetheless this would seem not a bad way of being in two places at once- a feat I often dreamt of as a busy working mother .
                                  

 
                  ©Ruth Skilbeck. Armchair Illumination, from Last Things 2008-2012. Digital photograph.


Spiritual Reconciliation comes from within

By Ruth Skilbeck

Acknowledging that change occurs at the grassroots of community perceptions and relationships between people, and embodying a dual-approach of symbolism and action, the Reconciliation movement's aims are change on both the symbolic level of culture, and practical action through communication arts, and cultural activities in communities to increase understanding and respect of Indigenous Australia. 

Perhaps it's also about acknowledging that the distinctions between 'indigenous' and 'non-indigenous' heritage are not always clear, that the history of 'occupation’ has brought a widespread blurring of identities on many levels. Many Australians do not know all their ancestors in their family tree, there are many lost and forgotten Aboriginal mothers in colonial history, many 'don't know', or ‘hard to say' backgrounds; it's about ending colonial racism in Australia and moving into a more enlightened future together.

Becoming reconciled with our selves, and the trauma of our colonial history within us, Reconciliation is a profound Spiritual cultural and personal process, and that's why it's not straightforward, it's a hard struggle, it needs to be nurtured and worked on and supported.


© Copyright Ruth Skilbeck, 2012

Friday, 23 March 2012

The Community Arts of Reconciliation: Sundays in Glebe



Ruth Skilbeck

There has been a groundswell of community support for reconciliation with Indigenous Australia since the official Apology from the government in 2008, according to recent reports by the New South Wales Reconciliation Council.

Many dozens of local community reconciliation groups, catering to different local interests, are now flourishing around the land. They range in focus from the Women’s Reconciliation Network, to the Myall Creek Memorial Committee - set up in 2001 to commemorate the 1838 Myall Creek massacre where 28 unarmed Aboriginal people were murdered by a gang of stockmen who were later hung; causing unresolved trauma on both sides of the community for over 160 years*.

The Reconciliation Council “actively encourages” the establishment and development of local reconciliation groups, said Julian Boswell, project manager at the New South Wales Reconciliation Council. "These groups are the cornerstone of reconciliation and are a great source of community information and inspiration."

One example of reconciliation in community action is ‘Sundays in Glebe’, a series of free arts, film, and music workshops and events at Tranby Aboriginal College this month, supported by the City of Sydney, NSW Reconciliation Council and Glebe Schools Community Centre.

Events include  an Aboriginal Basket Weaving Workshop, all-ages Hip Hop workshops, mural painting in a Family Art Day, didgeridoo playing, evening gigs by all-women band The Stiff Gins and Blacktree, and an under-the-stars documentary screening of The Tall Man.  The program offers a range of cultural activities for a community of interest groups including women, children, men, teens to join in (subject to booking a place through the website).


Sundays in Glebe is part of a growing number of diverse local project initiatives in the reconciliation movement that are demonstrating the power of people to work together within communities to achieve reconciliation, said Mr Boswell.


Tranby College was selected as the location for the series due to its "vital contribution to the Indigenous social justice movement over the 20th Century and role as one of the foremost institutions in Sydney's Aboriginal identity, said NSWRC CEO Leanne Townsend.  


"This series is an opportunity for Indigenous and non-Indigenous community members of Glebe and the surrounding areas to come together," said Ms Townsend; "Tranby is an important and beautiful part of Glebe and many people living around here have not had an opportunity to see or explore the grounds. It is a true community institution."


The NSWRC encourages people to start up their own groups reflecting community interests and concerns, whilst the focus is on reconciliation with Indigenous Australia through understanding and respect, the movement welcomes people from all backgrounds who support these aims.


So wherever you are from, become involved, join the reconciliation movement to end colonial racism in Australia and move into a new future together.


                                                                   Did you know? 
 The Manly Warringah Pittwater Aboriginal Support Group is one of the longest running Reconciliation groups in NSW. It started in 1979 as a treaty organization and has continued to support Indigenous Australians in their broader struggle for justice; it produces a quarterly magazine, publishes books, and hosts regular events such as film screenings and talks.  Convenors: Anna Bell and Lizzie Landers


  
* Did you know?
The Myall Creek Massacre Memorial est. in 2001 is a memorial to a group of 28 unarmed Aboriginal people murdered by a gang of stockmen on June 10th 1838. The seven stockmen were later sentenced to hang in the first incidence of settlers executed for killing Aboriginal people. The Memorial comprises a large granite boulder with a plaque, erected on a hill overlooking the site of the massacre at Myall Creek. The Memorial’s foundation ceremony brought together descendants of the victims, survivors and perpetrators of the violence in an act of reconciliation and bearing witness that had significance for the whole community. Each year a commemoration ceremony is conducted at the site. Convenors: Graeme Cordiner and Rev Ivan Roberts





Find out ways to join the Reconciliation Movement and/or start your own community group, through the  New South Wales Reconciliation Council website www.nswreconciliation.org.au. 


To reserve a place at Sundays in Glebe or for more info contact www.unswreconciliation.org.au, Ph : 02- 9562 6355, or talk to Kate at Glebe Schools Community Centre Ph 02- 9566 1285.


Myall Creek Memorial Committee 

Manley Warringah Pittwater Aboriginal Support Group

Reconciliation Australia

Thursday, 22 March 2012

Australia needs to Close the Gap in Aboriginal life expectancy

By Ruth Skilbeck


Why are Aboriginal people still dying 10-20 years earlier than other Australians, from “entirely preventable diseases” and how – and when- will the gap in life expectancy be closed?  

This year, 22 March is Australia's National ‘Close the Gap’ Day and events are planned around the land to raise awareness and work towards improving quality and length of life for Indigenous peoples who as a demographic are still dying early from impacts of poverty that are found in developing countries and do not effect other groups in the rich land of Australia, as shown by Oxfam and government statistics.

A new partnership model - ‘Power through partnership’ for indigenous health equality-  is the theme of National Close the Gap Day, 2012.

Working partnerships between Indigenous peoples and health and community services supported by local and federal government is the new approach to  ‘close the gap’ in health, well being and life expectancy for Indigenous Australians, said a representative from Oxfam.

“Our focus for 2012 is on the need for genuine, meaningful partnership with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health people at all stages of health planning and delivery.”

Since the incoming Labor Government’s 2008 official ‘sorry’ to Indigenous peoples and pledge to improve Indigenous health, community support for  Indigenous health has continued to grow.  

Supporters include the National Rugby League (NRL) - which has numerous Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander players-  and is running a national campaign to maintain awareness and pressure on government to hold to its 2008 commitment to ‘close the gap’ in life expectancy rates for Indigenous people in Australia.

The aim of Close the Gap day events is to show community support through positive action for change. One example of the partnership model in practice is the forum held by Ryde Council in Sydney today to provide an opportunity for local government, community and health service representatives to come together and start working in collaboration in key areas that need care and attention:  developing culturally sensitive approaches, disseminating community health information and data, and effective delivery of services.


Events in Sydney today include  a National Close the  Gap forum held by Ryde Council.


- Do you have any suggestions for areas that need attention?
- What are your thoughts on how change can occur and life quality and expectancy rates improve?
- What should local government, community and health services be doing to improve the shocking rates of life expectancy for Indigenous peoples in Australia?
 - For an effective partnership model to really work what would need to happen in practice?

Sunday, 18 March 2012

Sydney Rally for Aboriginal Rights


This is an important issue that no concerned citizen in Australia can ignore. 


From the Stand for Freedom organisation:


Rally for Aboriginal Rights and self-determination on the UN Day for Elimination of Racial Discrimination

Stop Aboriginal deaths in custody - Justice for Terrance Briscoe and all victims - Independent Inquiry Now
Stop the Second NT Intervention - Withdraw 'Stronger Futures' legislation

Wednesday March 21
12:30pm at the office of NT Tourism
201 Sussex st Sydney

Speakers include:

Nicole Watson, Jumbunna Indigenous House of Learning UTS, co-author of Listening but not Hearing, a new report on Stronger Futures
Ray Jackson, Indigenous Social Justice Association
Patricia Morton-Thomas, Aunty of Terrance Brisoce (phone link up from Alice Springs).

March 21 will be the 52nd anniversary of the Sharpville massacre in South Africa, when scores of anti-Apartheid demonstrators were gunned down by police.

But while the Australian government will participate in 'harmony day' celebrations, its ongoing Intervention in the Northern Territory is creating conditions which closely resemble those of Apartheid. UN special rapporteurs on Indigenous and Human Rights have condemned the policy as racist.

Terrance Briscoe was a 28 year old Anmatjere man found dead in a police cell in Alice Springs at 2am on January 5.

He was picked up with a number of friends for being drunk at 9.30 the previous night and taken into "protective custody". One of the main recommendations of the Royal Commission was the decriminalisation of public drunkenness, but like most of its recommendations, this has been ignored and Aboriginal people continue to die in custody at the rate of one a month.

The testimony of two witnesses who were in custody with Mr Briscoe indicate that he may have stopped breathing while police were roughing him up at the police station. But despite widespread calls for an independent inquiry, including from Amnesty International and the Central Australian Aboriginal Congress, police continue to investigate police.

Oscar White told AAP that one officer pushed Mr Briscoe hard onto the ground and held him face down and sat on his back while other officers put their feet on him. He said Mr Briscoe struggled to breathe and a stitched cut above his eye was opened and began to bleed. 
“They were really rough, and they were laughing at the same time,” White said. “They were making a mockery out of him. He was short of breath too, because he was actually really, really suffocated.”

Mr White stated that Mr Briscoe was like a rag when police picked him up off the floor and dragged him to his cell.

Since the Intervention in the NT, Indigenous incarceration has increased by 40 per cent. But the government is pushing ahead with 'Stronger Futures in the NT' legislation which will only fuel the prison crisis. Increased penalties under 'Stronger Futures' could see people jailed for 6 months for having a single can of beer on Aboriginal land.

'Stronger Futures' will extend most Intervention powers for a further 10 years. It will expand income management around Australia, starting with Bankstown in Sydney and 4 other trial sites.

There has been an avalanche of opposition to Stronger Futures. A Senate inquiry has faced overwhelming opposition from community members and major stakeholder organisations and in just two weeks almost 30,000 people have joined an online campaign 'Stand for Freedom' demanding withdrawal of the legislation.

Join this rally at the NT Tourism offices to continue the fight for justice for Terrance Briscoe and withdrawal of Stronger Futures laws. While they promote the NT as an idyllic tourism destination, we will commemorate the Sharpville massacre and protest ongoing racism and segregation.

Sign the online petition against 'Stronger Futures' at www.standforfreedom.org.au

More info contact Paddy 0415 800 586

Invitation to Aboriginal Cultural Experience


This has come into my inbox and it looks good so I'm passing it on. Something interesting to do with food and art next Saturday morning in Sydney.

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Invitation 

Aboriginal  Cultural Experience


Free

Bookings essential 0400411538


A Taste of Aboriginal Cuisine

with Aunty Beryl Van-Oploo

and 

Create a mural with artist Elaine Russell!



24 March 2012, Saturday 10.30 am -1.00 pm 

Yaama Dyiyaan Hospitality Training Centre
(next to Carriage Works and Eveleigh Market; walking distance from Redfern Station)
255 Wilson Street
Darlington 



-- 
Patrick McCloskey
Campaigns Manager
ANTaR NSW
T 02 9564 0594
F 02 9564 0195
E patrick@antar.org.au
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ANTaR NSW - Campaigning for Aboriginal Justice in New South Wales
522 Marrickville Road, Dulwich Hill

Our office sits on Cadigal Wangal land. 

Yes M.A.M. - Mamapalooza Sydney 2012 Program


The international mothers art movement - whose acronym MAM rather gloriously follows on from the WAM of the 1970s women's art movement -  is the latest innovative form of feminism and mother activism in the arts. 

Mamapalooza Sydney 2012 is a week-long mother artists festival. 

Entries are still open for Mamapalooza Sydney 2012 arts festival.

This is the draft schedule of events which is subject to change. Mamapalooza Sydney 2012 is being organised by volunteers.  If you would like to contribute to any of the sessions, or can help organise the event please contact the session organisers.

Dr Ruth Skilbeck   
mamapaloozasydney@gmail.com.


MAMAPALOOZA SYDNEY 2012
Artists Celebrating Motherhood.
7th-13th May 2012.

Opening night Tuesday 8th May.
Tap Gallery,  278 Palmer Street, Darlinghurst, NSW 2010
Mamapalooza Sydney - is calling for submissions by ‘mother’ artists for
Hey Hey Mama Art Prize: We are looking for artworks in any medium, inspired by motherhood, for our first Mamapalooza art show in 2012, held at the Tap Gallery. For entry forms to the art show please contact Vee Malnar –mamapaloozasydney@gmail.com or pick up your entry form from Tap Gallery. (Artworks will be hung on Monday 7th.)

Mama Songwriter Night
Wednesday 9th May 7.30pm
@ The Supper Club, 134 Oxford St. Darlinghurst. Songs inspired by Motherhood with local and interstate singer-songwriters! With Lisa Miller, Tina Harrod, Mindy Sotiri, Rebekka Neville, Zelda Smyth and Hiske.

Mama Songwriter Night @ Parramatta!
Friday 11th May from 7.30pm Mars Hill Cafe, 331 Church St. Host Carolyn Woodorth. Under 18 venue (no alcohol) Mums can bring their kids! $10 entry. Contact Russell Neale to book a spot songsonstage@hotmail.com

Mama Clown Workshop with Ruby Star
Saturday 12th May 1-5pm: To register call Ruby on 0404917033.
http://www.facebook.com/events/256047717798537/

Mama Variety Night!
Saturday 12th May 8pm@ Tap Gallery, 278 Palmer St. Darlinghurst. Mama Performers, Clowns, Stand-Up Comics: Christina Van Look, Kathryn Bendall, and more! To Register contact Vee Malnar on 0402036082 or emailmamapaloozasydney@gmail.com

Mama Wordsmiths! “Mothers Day”
Sunday 13th May 3pm @ Tap Gallery
Catherine Walsh, Debra Keenahan, Joan Garvan, Ruth Skilbeck and Andrea Fox  lead a discussion on Motherhood and the Arts. An enlightened afternoon with poets, writers and performance artists.
Free event. Come along after brunch with the family. Bring your mum!
Contact Vee Malnar 0402036082 or email mamapaloozasydney@gmail.com


We are part of Mamapalooza International. For more info please go to: www.mamapalooza.com

     















Thursday, 15 March 2012

Murdoch and the Hacking Scandal JMRC Seminar Series


           Dr David McKnight spoke today at the Journalism and Media Research Centre Seminar on his latest book that everyone’s talking about: Rupert Murdoch: an Investigation of Political Power      

              Cultures of phone hacking in news media organisations; the enduring influence of newspapers in the global inter-media landscape and the enigmatic influence of media proprietors on the media-political economy- were key topics in the Journalism and Media Research Centre Seminar by leading Australian journalism academic, Dr David McKnight, Associate Professor and Senior Research Fellow at the Journalism and Media Research Centre, at the University of New South Wales.
                      Rupert Murdoch has said that a newspaper’s primary function is to make money rather than politics, yet numerous of his flagship quality newspapers run at a loss and do exert considerable political influence, was one of the findings of McKnight's recent ARC funded research reported in his book. This is significant as despite falling sales newspapers- that are sometimes disparaged as ‘legacy’ media- continue to play a central role in the new media landscape, as the primary source of stories in online, and broadcast, media, said McKnight.
                  As a journalist David McKnight, worked for the ABC and Sydney Morning Herald, and he has been an academic for 16 years. His investigative research presentation was followed by questions from the capacity audience of media academics, students and members of the public.
                  Amongst the diversity of contemporary media themes canvassed in the seminar and audience questions  were the selective rhetorical media manipulations of the concept of “elites”, media agendas of climate change skepticism and attacks on the Gillard minority government; questions about the role of contemporary journalism as the fourth estate in global media and the significance of styles of news writing in shaping meaning…

            This was a lively and incisive start to the JMRC Seminar Series 2012.



             Dr Ruth Skilbeck  is a Lecturer at the Journalism and Media Research Centre and an organiser of the Journalism and Media Research Centre Seminar Series 2012.
          
        


                                                       -   -   -   -

          February 2012.
         
         Murdoch and the hacking scandal. JMRC Seminar presents David McKnight on his new book, Rupert Murdoch: an Investigation of Political Power.
           
            “Rupert Murdoch says that the hacking scandal ‘went against everything I stand for’. But how true is this? Murdoch himself is probably the most influential Australian of all time. He sees himself as an anti-establishment rebel yet his influence in in Australia, the UK and the US makes him part of a global elite.”
           
            Dr David McKnight, Senior Research Fellow at the Journalism and Media Research Centre, is speaker at this year’s first JMRC Seminar.
           
            David McKnight will speak about his new book on Rupert Murdoch and political power. “The book explains how phone hacking fits the wider Murdoch culture.”
           
            Don’t miss your chance to listen to the author and join in the debate on Rupert Murdoch’s global influence, in questions with David McKnight.
           
            JMRC Seminar, Morven Brown Building, 15th March 2011
           
            3.00 for 3.30. One hour author talk by David McKnight, followed by questions and drinks.
           
            We look forward to seeing you at the Seminar.
           
           
            Dr Ruth Skilbeck and Emily Booker,
            JMRC Seminar 2012 organisers.
           
            Click here for David McKnight’s new book on Rupert Murdoch.
           
            Or order from Booktopia.
           
           
            JMRC Seminar series Bringing together the best of the established, and new thinkers and writers in the global field of journalism, media and communication studies.