Studying and working in the media industry is a tricky thing. There are many rules to follow that people often don’t follow and many ethical constraints that many people often don’t adhere to. Sometimes unintentionally but more and more often seemingly intentional. If you know of anyone struggling in the world of media in the current political climate try sending them down this pathway for some offhanded guidance.Our guide for this tour will be Stephen Stockwell. A journalist who has worked for 4ZZZ, JJJ and Four Corners (Stockwell 2000).
Crossing cultural boundaries and struggling with fair reporting? Well, you’re in luck! Our imaginary chaperon takes us to his work: ‘All-media Guide to Fair and Cross-Cultural Reporting: For Journalists, Program Makers and Media Students‘(2). This guide provides tools for the trade on dealing with the diverse communities and people of Australia. Covering topics from the Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance (MEAA) code of ethics to relevant legislation and codes of practices. A useful tool for any student caught up in the confusing and often unfairly perceived world of media and communications.
Our next stop is an example of proactive research covering ‘The Secret History of Democracy’ (4). This book argues that generally most historians don’t admit to the true extent and impact of democracy throughout our history. Going against the grain this book aims to reveal the secrets behind a history that appears so standardized and familiar. A good read that is recommended for those with a keen eye for hidden truths and a taste for investigation.
The third stop along the way is a look at the current political climate. In ‘ Political Campaign Strategy: Doing Democracy in the 21st Century‘ (1) Stockwell discusses the complexities of democracy. This book seeks to clarify the origins, techniques and different forms of the political campaign. ‘[the author] seeks to capture the rhetorical, ethical and strategic dimensions of the political campaign and explain its historical roots, methods and manifestations in terms of democratic theory’ (Stockwell 2005).
And last but certainly not least, tying all our previous stops along Media Avenue together is ‘Rhetoric and Democracy: Deliberative Opportunities in Current Electoral Processes‘(3). Through the study of contemporary democratic theory Stockwell analyses deliberation in the effective operation of democratic institutions. Arguing that while deliberation is applied in relationships, movements, and negotiations ‘there appears to be a hesitation in theorizing the means to improve the deliberative functions of existing representative institutions’ (Stockwell 2010). Combining proactive research into democratic institutions, democratic analyses, and community perspective this book is a collaborative example of the stops thus far.
Hopefully the works of Stephen Stockwell provide you with valuable insights into the world of media in the current political climate. If they don’t, well, the ride down Media Avenue was free… And don’t forget to thank your bus drivers!
- Stockwell, S 1954, Political campaign strategy : doing democracy in the 21st century, Australian Scholarly Publishing, viewed 14 August 2015, via Griffith University Classic Library Catalog.
- Scott, P, Stockwell, S 2000, All-media Guide to Fair and Cross-Cultural Reporting: For Journalists, Program Makers and Media Students, Nathan QLD: Australian Key Centre for Cultural and Media Policy, viewed 19 August 2015, via Griffith University Classic Library Catalog.
- Stockwell, SE 2010, Rhetoric and Democracy: Deliberative Opportunities in Current Electoral Processes, Willkommen bei MoreBooks, viewed 19 August 2015, via Griffith University Classic Library Catalog.
- Isakhan, B, Stockwell, S 2011, The Secret History of Democracy, Basingstoke; New York: Palgrave Macmillan, viewed 19 August 2015, via Griffith University Classic Library Catalog.