New book: A Companion to the Australian Media


Edited by Bridget Griffen-Foley

Australian Scholarly Publishing (October 2014)

At this time of rapid and revolutionary change in modes of communication, A Companion to the Australian Media provides the first comprehensive, up-to-date historical account of Australia’s press, broadcasting and new media sectors.

Arranged in an accessible A–Z format are nearly 500 articles focussing on both the history and contemporary practice of media corporations, individuals, industries, audiences, policy and regulation since the launch of Australia’s first newspaper in 1803.

A Companion to the Australian Media is essential reading, as well as a ready reference, for everyone interested in the dynamic world of the media, including practitioners, entrepreneurs, investors, lawyers, commentators, bloggers, historians and students.

Under the editorship of Australia’s leading media historian, Professor Bridget Griffen-Foley, and guided by a distinguished Editorial Advisory Board, 300 media scholars, journalists and other industry players have written entries in their areas of specialty.

Articles include coverage of geographical regions, reporting and reviewing genres, key individuals and dynasties as well as flagship newspapers and broadcasting icons.

Just published: The Media and Financial Crises: Comparative and Historical Perspectives

The Media and Financial Crises: Comparative and Historical Perspectives provides unique insights into the debate on the role of the media in the global financial crisis. Coverage is inter-disciplinary, with contributions from media studies, political economy and journalists themselves. It features a wide range of countries, including the USA, UK, Ireland, Greece, Spain and Australia, and a completely new history of financial crises in the British press over 150 years.
“This elegantly conceived and meticulously executed collection scores a palpable double hit: deepening our understanding of financial crises and transforming our knowledge of financial journalism. Above all it marks a historiographical step-change through its sophisticated reading across the last two centuries of that elusive but symbiotic relationship between the ‘actors’ (whether individuals or markets) and their interpreters in the media. To anyone seriously interested in financial matters, this is a mandatory text.”
David Kynaston, professional historian and author of The Financial Times: A Centenary History
“This is a cogent and multidimensional examination of business and financial reporting during times of economic crises and commercial fiascos. It provides insightful and integrated analysis of the roles, quandaries and performance of media during economic shocks across the past two centuries and is a compelling appraisal of how media cover and influence economic, financial, and commercial activities and public responses.”
Robert G. Picard, Reuters Institute, Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Oxford
“The media and the financial sectors are both criticised for being over-powerful and lacking public accountability. This collection of essays – from some of the most knowledgeable academics with experience of both fields – tackles that issue head-on and is essential reading for anyone interested in the role and effectiveness of business journalism.”
Richard Sambrook, Professor of Journalism and Director of the Centre for Journalism, Cardiff University
Editors Steve Schifferes and Richard Roberts have assembled an expert set of contributors, including Nobel laureate Joseph E Stiglitz and Lionel Barber, editor of the Financial Times. The role of the media has been central in shaping our response to the financial crisis. Examining its performance in comparative and historical perspectives is crucial to ensuring that the media does a better job next time.
The book has five distinct parts:

*   The Banking Crisis and the Media
*   The Euro-Crisis and the Media
*   Challenges for the Media
*   The Lessons of History
*   Media Messengers Under Interrogation

The Media and Financial Crises offers broad and coherent coverage, making it ideal for both students and scholars of financial journalism, journalism studies, media studies, and media and economic history.

New Publication: Hollywood and the End of the Cold War: Signs of Cinematic Change (Film and History)

The the latest book in the Rowman & Littlefield series “Film and History“, written by Bryn Upton

Capture d’e?cran 2014-09-02 a? 10.49.07From the late 1940s until the early 1990s, the Cold War was perhaps the most critical and defining aspect of American culture, influencing television, music, and movies, among other forms of popular entertainment. Films in particular were at the center of the battle for the hearts and minds of the American public. Throughout this period, the Cold War influenced what movies got produced, how such movies were made, and how audiences understood the films they watched. In the post–Cold War era, some genres of film suffered from the shift in our national narratives, while others were quickly reimagined for an audience with different political and social fears.

In Hollywood and the End of the Cold War: Signs of Cinematic Change, Bryn Upton compares films from the late Cold War era with movies of similar themes from the post–Cold War era. In this volume, Upton pays particular attention to shifts in narrative that reflect changes in American culture, attitudes, and ideas. In exploring how the absence of the Cold War has changed the way we understand and interpret film, this volume seeks to answer several key questions such as: Has the end of the Cold War altered how we tell our stories? Has it changed how we perceive ourselves? In what ways has our popular culture been affected by the absence of this once dominant presence?

With its focus on themes that are central to the concerns of many historians—including civil religion, social fracture, and the culture wars—Hollywood and the End of the Cold War will serve as a useful tool for those seeking to integrate film into the classroom, as well as for film scholars exploring representations of sociopolitical change on screen.

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