Journalists and the stirring of Australian public diplomacy: the Colombo Plan towards the 1960s

Lowe, David 2013, Journalists and the stirring of Australian public diplomacy: the Colombo Plan towards the 1960s, Journal of contemporary history, vol. 48, no. 1, pp. 175-190.

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Title Journalists and the stirring of Australian public diplomacy: the Colombo Plan towards the 1960s
Author(s) Lowe, David
Journal name Journal of contemporary history
Volume number 48
Issue number 1
Start page 175
End page 190
Total pages 16
Publisher Sage
Place of publication London, England
Publication date 2013-01-15
ISSN 0022-0094
1461-7250
Keyword(s) Aid
Asia
Australia
Colombo Plan
decolonization
public diplomacy
journalists
Summary  Australia was an active member of the Colombo Plan for aid to South and Southeast Asia, beginning in 1951 as a loosely organized umbrella of multiple bilateral aid agreements between Commonwealth countries and quickly expanding in geographical reach and membership. Towards the end of the 1950s, as members of this ‘plan’ geared up for a new wave of aid projects, they also attached new importance to information activities associated with aid. In this Australian case study, journalists were thrust to the fore of story-generation relating to Australia’s involvement in the Colombo Plan. These written stories, and also still and moving images, were aimed at both domestic Australian audiences and also overseas audiences. Thus began some of the first important steps in what today is called ‘public diplomacy’, and what, at the time, was a new experiment in foreign policy and reputation-making.
Language eng
Field of Research 169999 Studies in Human Society not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 950503 Understanding Australia's Past
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2013, Sage Publishing
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30054849

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