Caroline Fisher

Doctor of Philosophy in Communication

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Dr Caroline Fisher is an Assistant Professor in journalism at the University of Canberra and course convenor for the journalism programme.

Caroline Fisher completed her PhD in 2014 which examined the career transition between journalism and parliamentary media advising. Prior to academia she was a reporter, presenter and producer for ABC News and Radio National; and, spent three years as a ministerial media adviser to Anna Bligh in the Queensland government.

Areas of Teaching

Dr Fisher teaches first year Introduction to Political Communication and Mobile Reporting. She also lectures in Audio and Video journalism in the second year of the journalism programme. Units taught by Dr Fisher are:

  • Mobile Reporting - 9923
  • Audio journalism – 9019
  • Video journalism - 9036
  • Introduction to Political Communication - 9024

 Research Interests

  • Bypassing the news media

The rise of social media means politicians are no longer bound by their traditional reliance on the news media to reach the public. Via YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (amongst other platforms) politicians are now able to publish directly to their target audiences and avoid journalistic scrutiny.  In a joint pilot project with  FuJo: The Institute for Future Media and Journalism at Dublin City University, Dr Fisher is currently exploring the extent to which this phenomenon of ‘self-publishing’ and ‘disintermediation’ is occurring in Australia and Ireland.

  • Trust in news media

Public trust in the news media has been on a decline and is at record lows. Concerns about the veracity of news have been heightened with revelations of ‘fake news’ during the recent US presidential election. Dr Fisher is examining trends in public trust in news media as part of the Reuters Digital News Report annual survey produced in Australia by the News Media Research Centre at UC.

  • Disclosure and transparency in journalism

Transparency is the new buzzword in sections of the journalism community and has been hailed as one of the solutions to curbing falling levels of public trust in journalism. Dr Fisher is examining the attitudes of politicians, journalists and news editors about the disclosure of reporters’ personal interests, particularly in relation to whether they had previously worked for a politician. Her work reveals a disconnection between the ideal of disclosure and the reality of editorial decision making.


Education/Academic qualification


Nov 2010Nov 2013

Master, Charles Sturt University

Feb 1993Jul 1994

Bachelor, University of New South Wales


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Projects 2015 2019

Research Output 2013 2019

Conflict of Interest

FISHER, C., 29 Apr 2019, The International Encyclopedia of Journalism Studies. Wiley Online Library, p. 1-5 5 p.

Research output: A Conference proceeding or a Chapter in BookEntry for encyclopedia/dictionary

conflict of interest
1 Citation (Scopus)

Regaining Control: Citizens who follow politicians on social media and their perceptions of journalism

FISHER, C., LEE, J. Y., PARK, S. & Culloty, E., 2 Jan 2019, In : Digital Journalism. 21 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

social media

Who writes a press release? Changing audience perceptions of journalists as marketers of news, not just reporters

FISHER, C., PARK, S. & LEE, J. Y., 17 May 2019, In : Journalism. p. 1-19 19 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
2 Citations (Scopus)

Bypassing the press gallery: from Howard to Hanson

FISHER, C., MCCALLUM, K. & MARSHALL, D., 10 Apr 2018, In : Media International Australia. p. 1-14

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

social media
press secretary

Digital News Report Australia 2018

FISHER, C., LEE, J. Y., PARK, S. & FULLER, G., 14 Jun 2018, Canberra: News Media Research Centre, University of Canberra. 106 p.

Research output: Book/ReportReports

Open Access

Activities 2019 2019

  • 3 Invited talk

News consumption by older generations - Invited talk to U3A, Canberra

Caroline FISHER (Speaker)
24 Jul 2019

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk


Caroline FISHER (Speaker), Bruce Baer ARNOLD (Speaker), Damith HERATH (Speaker)
19 Jun 2019

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

Churning out and burning out - the impact of 24/7 on journalism

Caroline FISHER (Speaker)
28 Feb 2019

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk