Chasing the Future: Journalists writing political history


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    Journalists writing books of contemporary political history in Australia have generally drawn upon the model that was established by Warren Denning (1937), consolidated and popularised by Alan Reid (1969; 1971; 1976) and augmented by Paul Kelly (1976; 1984; 1992; 1995; 2009a; 2014). By some reckoning, this approach has reached its “zenith” (Bramston, 2014), with an inevitable question begging what should come next. This article studies the development of the genre and – using the work of Kelly as an exemplar of the traditional approach – explores how contemporary practitioners George Megalogenis and Annabel Crabb are finding new directions for its application.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)95-107
    Number of pages13
    JournalAustralian Journalism Review
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - 2015


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