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Dr. John Tebbutt

Position: Senior Lecturer
Room: 315
+61 3 9479 5098
+61 3 9479 3638
B.A. Hons (UTS), Ph.D (Sydney)

John is President (2008-2009) of the Australian New Zealand Communication Association (ANZCA) and Convenor of the Australian Radio-Audio Researchers Association (ARARA). He is on the editorial boards of The Radio Journal: international studies in radio and audio, Media International Australia and 3CMedia.

Recent Seminars organised:

Public Service Broadcasting in Asia and the Pacific (July 2007) funded by the ARC's Asia pacific Research Futures Network

Making histories: radio as a cultural technology (May 2006)
funded by the ARC's Cultural Research Network

RadioPlus (July 2005):
Some participants' attendance supported by the International Seminar Support Scheme, AusAID

Research interests:

Policies and program strategies in Australian radio
Radio cultures and national development
Radio program and Sound production (documentary and performance)
Digital radio developments
Ethics, Journalism and coverage of licit and illicit drugs Media and post-structuralist theory

Teaching areas:
Radio production
Radio history
Radio performance

Current Research Project:

Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Project (2007-2009) Chief Investigator, 'A study of the ABC in Asia and its role in cultural exchange (1956 - 2006).

Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage Project (2005 - 2008) Associate Investigator, with Kew Residential Services and Department of Human Services; "A great and crying need": A history of Kew Residential Service, (1887 - 2007)'.

Recent Research Projects:

Media discourse: 'youth' and drugs exploring representations of youth related drug use (various stages completed; research interest ongoing)
Funding: CACE, Research Enhancement Grant

The ABC as a transnational institution (specific focus on Asia ) (completed).
Funding: CACE/Media Studies; archival holdings on Australian media in Asia.

Radio and Emergency Communication (completed)
LTU lead: School of Public Health,
Funding: Dept of Human Services, Vic.
Role: Chief investigator; radio in emergency communications in Victoria.

Refereed Articles:

'The state of information', Australian Studies, Journal of the British Australian Studies Association, Vol. 20 (2005) pub. 2007, pp 375-396.

'The ABC of transnational radio', Southern Review: communication, politics and culture, Vol.39 No. 3 2007, pp3-15.

'Hanging her laundry in public; talkback radio, governmentality and the housewife, 1967-73', Media International Australia, No 122, February, 2007, pp 108-121.

Imaginative demographics: the emergence of radio talkback audiences in Australia; Media Culture and Society, Vol.28 No 6 November 2006.

Formats: performance and affect in talkback radio, in Southern Review, Vol 38, No 3, 2006.

'Writing, cultural history and the Australian foreign correspondent', in When journalism meets history: refereed papers from the Australian Media Traditions Conference, 2003, RMIT Publishing, Melbourne, 2004.

Modernity and the popular national histories of Frank Clune, Australian Journal of Communication, Vol. 24 (2), 1997.

Book chapters:

Australian reporting of the Philippines 1987-8 ; in Foreign Devils and other journalists eds. Trish Payne, Eric Loo and Damien Kingsbury, Monash Asia Institute, 1999.

Corresponding Affairs; Australian Media and Foreign Policy, in Public Interests, Private Voices, ed. Jennifer Craik, Allen and Unwin,1995.

Constructing Broadcasting for the Public, in Australian Communications and the Public Sphere, ed. Helen Wilson, Macmillans, 1989.

Reference Book entries:

'Journalism and journalists', in Encyclopedia of Melbourne, eds. Andrew Brown-May and Shurlee Swain, Cambridge University Press, Melbourne 2005.

'Emery Barcs', Australian Dictionary of Biography, Supplementary Volume, ed. Christopher Cunneen, Melbourne University Press, 2005.

Edited Journals:

Drugs and media, Media International Australia, No.108, August, 2003.

Cultural studies and journalism education, Asia Pacific Media Educator, No.4 January-June 1998.


'Conversations from the south' in Digitising Radio, Convergence: international journal into research in new media technologies, Vol 12, May 2006.

Of tools and toys; ISEA 2004; RealTime #63, October-November, 2004.

Observing Father's Day in the Good Weekend, Artlink, March 1996.

Recent Conference Presentations:

'Model citizens: the Australian Broadcasting Commission in Asia', (paper accepted) Culture and citizenship, ESRC Centre for Research on Socio-Cultural Change Annual Conference, Oxford, September 2008.

'Colour radio: the ABC reporting Asia (1954-56)', Media and Imperialism, IAMHIST Biennial Conference, University of Amsterdam, July 18-21, 2007

'Transnational radio: some arguments from the history from the ABC', The Radio Conference 2007, Lincoln University, England July 16-19, 2007

'The ABC in Asia: researching civics and governance', Media: policies, culture and futures in the Asia Pacific Region, Curtin University of Technology, Perth, Western Australia 27-29, November 2006

'Asia in Australian Media History: nation and history writing', Media and Identity in Asia Conference, Curtin University Sarawak, February 2006

"'Our mob and the comms...": reporting the Colombo Plan 1957-8', Australian Media Traditions Conference, Canberra, November, 2005

'Fixing the audience; constructing radio audiences', Cultural Studies Association of Australia Annual Conference Sydney, December 2005

Workshop: 'Australian Radio and Sound Studies Network meeting and action planning'. Radio 2005: the second transnational forum, Melbourne, July 11-14, 2005

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