Great news in today from the Australian Research Council, where a team of which I am a member was successful in winning one of the prestigious Discovery Project grants. The success rate was 18%, so we’re very excited that our project – funded to the tune of A$460,000 – was chosen. Over the next three years, Brian McNair (QUT), Axel Bruns (QUT), Christoph Neuberger (LMU Munich), Mark Deuze (University of Amsterdam), Tamara Witschge (University of Groningen) and I will be examining new forms, production and uses of journalism. Based in Australia, the project takes a comparative approach, looking especially at Germany and the UK as well. Here is the project summary for public distribution:
Journalism beyond the crisis: Emerging forms, practices and uses
Journalistic culture in Australia is in transition, with significant implications for politics, culture and economic life. Change is impacting on the forms of journalism available to Australian audiences; the ways in which, and by whom, journalism is produced; and the uses to which practitioners and citizens in general put journalistic content. This project connects six leading journalism scholars in a transnational comparative study designed to discover how journalism is changing as a cultural form, and the implications of this for political and cultural life.