Caroline Fisher

Doctor of Philosophy in Communication

Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

Potential supervision areas: -Social media use by politicians -Trust in news media -Political Public Relations -Changing boundaries of journalism -Relationship between PR and Journalism -Partisanship in journalism -Journalism ethics and transparency

20132020

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Personal profile

Biography

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

PhD, University of Canberra

Nov 2010Nov 2013

Award Date: 7 Mar 2014

Master, Charles Sturt University

Feb 1993Jul 1994

Bachelor, University of New South Wales

19891992

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Projects

Research Output

Australian regional journalists: What they need and how they see the future

Fisher, C., Park, S., Howden, S., LEE, J. Y. & Mcguinness, K., 2 Jul 2020, Canberra: News Media Research Centre, University of Canberra. 46 p.

Research output: Book/ReportReports

Open Access
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COVID-19: Australian news and misinformation

Park, S., Fisher, C., LEE, J. Y. & Mcguinness, K., 6 May 2020, Canberra: News Media Research Centre, University of Canberra. 36 p.

Research output: Book/ReportReports

Open Access
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    Digital News Report: Australia 2020

    Park, S., Fisher, C., LEE, J. Y., Mcguinness, K., Sang, Y., O'Neil, M., Jensen, M., Mccallum, K. & Fuller, G., 16 Jun 2020, Canberra: News Media Research Centre, University of Canberra. 115 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned report

    Open Access
  • Improving Trust in News: Audience Solutions

    Fisher, C., Flew, T., Park, S., Lee, J. Y. & Dulleck, U., 3 Jul 2020, In : Journalism Practice. p. 1-19 19 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • Local News Consumers

    Park, S., Fisher, C. & LEE, J. Y., 2 Jul 2020, Canberra: News Media Research Centre, University of Canberra. 60 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned report

    Open Access
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    Activities

    Digital News Report Australia 2020 - Key Findings webinar for the PRIA

    Caroline Fisher (Speaker)

    26 Jun 2020

    Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

    Symposium on choice and quality of news and journalism

    Caroline Fisher (Participant)

    6 Nov 2019

    Activity: Expert Advice and OtherOther

    Google News Initiative Forum

    Caroline Fisher (Participant)

    29 Oct 2019

    Activity: Expert Advice and OtherOther

    Measuring the Availability of Local News in Australia

    Caroline Fisher (Participant), & Sora Park (Participant)

    23 Sep 2019

    Activity: Expert Advice and OtherAdvisory Panel

    ACMA advisory workshop on news diversity

    Caroline Fisher (Participant), & Sora Park (Participant)

    8 Aug 2019

    Activity: Expert Advice and OtherOther