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

conference contribution
posted on 2003-01-01, 00:00 authored by Josephine Vine
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.

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AMT 2003 : When journalism meets history : refereed papers from the Australian Media Traditions Conference 2003

Event

Australian Media Traditions Conference (3rd : 2003 : Melbourne, Vic.)

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1 - 8

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RMIT Publishing

Location

Melbourne, Vic.

Place of publication

Melbourne, Vic.

Start date

2003-11-13

End date

2003-11-14

ISBN-13

9780864593061

ISBN-10

0864593066

Language

eng

Publication classification

E1 Full written paper - refereed

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S Nolan

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