Cultural Diversity and News in Australia Symposium

13 September 2017
8.30am to 5pm
Deakin Downtown

It's well documented that the media have a significant impact on intercultural relations in contemporary societies. This symposium will explore the role of the media in strengthening or weakening social cohesion.

Event details

The Cultural Diversity and News in Australia Symposium has two aims:

  • to present research on the media’s coverage of multicultural events and issues
  • to facilitate a dialogue between media representatives, community leaders, scholars and policy makers to identify strategies to strengthen the role of journalism in building and maintaining multicultural resilience among Australian communities.

In this globalised world, we know almost instantaneously when a violent incident, motivated by either racial or religious views, takes place – no matter where it occurs. When political leaders and citizens react it often results in dissemination of information about the incident, which in turn is reported on traditional media, new media and social networking sites. At times these views can be extreme, increase tension among citizens and undermine social cohesion. Questions can be asked about how the media frames the incident and people’s views, in this context, result in a sense of exclusion from broader society.

Increasing fragmentation of news media has meant that audiences have new and greater access to a variety of media sources and platforms to find news of their personal interest. This has complicated the debate about the impact of the media and public discourse on new media platforms.

This symposium will explore how the media covers transnational and multicultural events and issues. It will also provide participants with an opportunity to commence dialogue with various stakeholders to help challenge inflexible, intolerant and discriminatory views and behaviours wherever they may exist.

We have a very exciting program for the event. Find out about our program below.

PDF Cultural Diversity and News program -450.9KB


Confirmed participants include:

    • Professor Gillian Triggs, President, Australian Human Right Commission
    • Tracey Spicer, journalist, writer & co-founder and national convenor of Women in Media
    • Gaven Morris, Director of News, ABC
    • Jim Carroll, Director of News and Current Affairs, SBS
    • Michael Short, Chief Editorial Writer, The Age
    • Professor Andrew Markus, Pratt Foundation Research Chair of Jewish Civilization, Monash University
    • Professor Karen Farquharson, Swinburne University
    • Alan Sunderland, Head of Editorial Policy, ABC
    • Clare O'Neil, Director of Corporate Affairs, SBS
    • David King, Victorian Editor, The Australian
    • Damien Cave, Australia Bureau Chief, New York Times
    • Eddie Micallef, Chairperson, Ethnic Communities' Council of Victoria
    • Ahmet Keskin, Australian Intercultural Society
    • Andrew Holden, Cricket Australia (former Editor-in-chief, The Age)
    • Anna Parle, Director of Community Resilience and Social Inclusion, DPC, Victoria Government
    • Jack Latimore, Journalist and researcher, IndigenousX
    • Other representatives from the media, community organisations, scholars, and Victoria Police.


Registrations have now closed. Please email Rebecca Hutton if you would like to be placed on the waiting list for the event.

Key information

Date and time

Wednesday 13 September 2017


Deakin Downtown
Collins Square
Level 12, Tower 2
727 Collins Street
Melbourne, VIC 3008

This symposium is supported by the Victoria Government’s Social Cohesion Research Grant, Special Broadcasting Service (SBS) and the Ethnic Communities' Council of Victoria (ECCV). The conveners are Dr Usha M. Rodrigues and Professor Yin Paradies, both from Deakin University.

For questions or further details about the symposium please contact Dr Usha M. Rodrigues.

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