A Companion to the Australian Media
About the Companion
A Companion to the Australian Media is the first comprehensive, authoritative study of Australia’s press, broadcasting and new media sectors. This multi-authored, edited volume will be an essential reference work for media organisations and practitioners, media and communications academics, tertiary students, and libraries. The Companion is all the more timely given the restructures and fractures being faced by the old media, and the emergence and challenges of new communication technologies.
Australia lacks an authoritative reference work on, or history of, its media. The development of ‘new media’, the rapid uptake of new communications technologies, and the burgeoning of journalism, media and communications courses in Australian universities points to the centrality of the media and communications in contemporary Australian life, and the gap in the market that will be filled by A Companion to the Australian Media.
The Commissioning Editor, Professor Bridget Griffen-Foley, will commission and bring together new work on the history and contemporary practice of media corporations, outlets, practitioners, industries, audiences, policy and regulation in Australia. Beginning with the contemporary media landscape and working backwards, the Companion will provide coverage of all the key aspects of the Australian media – newspapers, magazines, radio, television and the internet – since the launch of Australia’s first newspaper in 1803.
A Companion to the Australian Media features hundreds of articles, ranging from short factual summaries to extended essays, contributed by more than one hundred leading industry figures and media scholars. Featuring a distinguished Editorial Advisory Board, the Companion will be published by Australian Scholarly Publishing in mid-2014.