Unfit To Print: A History And Analysis Of Press Power In Australia

Grant number: FT130100215 | Funding period: 2014 - 2020

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For over eighty years, there have been accusations that newspapers strongly influence Australian politics and policy-making. But newspapers are also accused of masking their influence and failing to cover themselves with the same vigour they cover other industries. How do newspapers report on themselves and policies affecting their interests? This project will examine the controversial issue of press power by mapping a history of newspaper influence on media policy-making from 1927-2012. It will combine archival research, content analysis of newspapers and interviews with former politicians and newsworkers to examine not just how newspapers exercise power but also how they represent their po..

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