Early reminders: Anzac Day in three Victorian country newspapers 1916-1925

Waller, Lisa and Holberton, Simon 2015, Early reminders: Anzac Day in three Victorian country newspapers 1916-1925, Australian journalism review, vol. 37, no. 1, pp. 51-62.

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Title Early reminders: Anzac Day in three Victorian country newspapers 1916-1925
Author(s) Waller, LisaORCID iD for Waller, Lisa orcid.org/0000-0002-2689-8010
Holberton, Simon
Journal name Australian journalism review
Volume number 37
Issue number 1
Start page 51
End page 62
Total pages 12
Publisher Journalism Education and Research Association of Australia
Place of publication Adelaide, S.Aust.
Publication date 2015-07
ISSN 0810-2686
Keyword(s) Victorian country newspapers
journalism and memory
Anzac Day news coverage
rural and regional journalism
Summary This article explores how three Victorian country newspapers shaped and reinforced the collective memory of Anzac Day in its first decade, from 1916 to 1925. It draws on a sample of 300 articles, and looks to scholarship on journalism and memory to generate understandings of these newspapers' important role as co-creators and protectors of Anzac Day commemoration. The sample provides evidence that Anzac Day coverage was thematically consistent from the start. The analysis highlights journalists' roles as patriotic cheerleaders for a new, national identity; as collaborators with other social institutions in establishing the commemoration tradition; and as boundary riders, who patrolled less than acceptable Anzac Day behaviour. This role is most striking when communities failed to mark Anzac Day in the early days, as this article reveals.
Language eng
Field of Research 200199 Communication and Media Studies not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 950204 The Media
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2015, Journalism Education and Research Association of Australia
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