Keystone media: the Australian and Indigenous affairs

Waller, Lisa and McCallum, Kerry 2016, Keystone media: the Australian and Indigenous affairs, Media international Australia, vol. 161, no. 1, pp. 109-119, doi: 10.1177/1329878X16670816.

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Title Keystone media: the Australian and Indigenous affairs
Author(s) Waller, LisaORCID iD for Waller, Lisa
McCallum, Kerry
Journal name Media international Australia
Volume number 161
Issue number 1
Start page 109
End page 119
Total pages 11
Publisher Sage Publications
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2016-11
ISSN 2200-467X
Keyword(s) Indigenous news
Indigenous policy
keystone media
news and neoliberalism
Noel Pearson
The Australian
Summary This article conceptualises The Australian as the nation’s ‘keystone media’ on Indigenous affairs.Nielsen’s term ‘keystone media’ captures the critical importance of particular news outlets that play what he terms an outsize role in defining the state and structure of wider media and politicalenvironments. The article analyses the factors at play in The Australian’s sponsorship of a particular political agenda for this complex field of social policy. The argument is illustrated through an examination of Indigenous health coverage from 1988 to 2008, textual analysis of 137 columnswritten by Noel Pearson, and research interviews with key actors in the Indigenous policy realm, including journalists, public servants and Indigenous commentators. Through this examination of its reporting and collaboration with Pearson, we contend The Australian has advanced a range of neoliberal and interventionist policies to government and the public.
Language eng
DOI 10.1177/1329878X16670816
Field of Research 200101 Communication Studies
190301 Journalism Studies
20 Language, Communication And Culture
16 Studies In Human Society
19 Studies In Creative Arts And Writing
Socio Economic Objective 950204 The Media
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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