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Who is the 'lovable larikan'? : an historical inquiry using biography and autobiography

Vine, Josephine 2003, Who is the 'lovable larikan'? : an historical inquiry using biography and autobiography, in AMT 2003 : When journalism meets history : refereed papers from the Australian Media Traditions Conference 2003, RMIT Publishing, Melbourne, Vic., pp. 1-8.

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Title Who is the 'lovable larikan'? : an historical inquiry using biography and autobiography
Author(s) Vine, Josephine
Conference name Australian Media Traditions Conference (3rd : 2003 : Melbourne, Vic.)
Conference location Melbourne, Vic.
Conference dates 13-14 November 2003
Title of proceedings AMT 2003 : When journalism meets history : refereed papers from the Australian Media Traditions Conference 2003
Editor(s) Nolan, Sybil
Publication date 2003
Start page 1
End page 8
Publisher RMIT Publishing
Place of publication Melbourne, Vic.
Summary Every profession has its myth that defines its self-identity and work culture. For nursing, it's Florence Nightingale; for theatre, Homer and Shakespeare; for medicine, Hippocrates. Australian journalism too, has its myth - that of the hard-working, hard-drinking, aggressive and defiant 'Lovable Larrikin'. But unlike other professions, Australian journalism's 'myth' cannot be pinned down to one historical figure. It is therefore difficult to investigate the 'real' story behind the myth. Using an open-coding analysis of biographical and autobiographical material, this paper aims to detect larrikin-like characteristics among early Australian journalists (Colonial era to, and including, the interwar period), to identify significant people and events that developed larrikinism as a specific Australian journalism identity.
ISBN 0864593066
9780864593061
Language eng
Field of Research 190301 Journalism Studies
HERDC Research category E1 Full written paper - refereed
HERDC collection year 2004
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30005461

Document type: Conference Paper
Collection: School of Communication and Creative Arts
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