Read all about it: John Curtin's key to generating positive news coverage, 1941-1945

Coatney, Caryn (2010) Read all about it: John Curtin's key to generating positive news coverage, 1941-1945. In: 10th Humanities Graduate Research Conference 2009: Creative Margins, 5-6 Nov 2009, Perth, Australia.

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As a forceful orator, skilful writer and former hard-hitting journalist, Australia's wartime Prime Minister, John Curtin, led significant innovations that transformed the nation's media and created a legacy in political communications. Yet a major gap exists in the literature about Curtin's use of the mass news media to secure popular support for his World War II initiatives. The proposed conference paper aims to take his journalism strategies away from the academic margins. I will investigate the following question: How did Curtin achieve such success in his management of the news media? The paper will focus on this Prime Minister's groundbreaking initiatives in the press, film and radio broadcasts. My research will be located in the field of scholarship developed by John Curtin historians such as Bobbie Oliver and David Black, political scientist Chris Hubbard, as well as based on the theories of journalism experts Steve Mickler and David Pyvis. Within this context, the paper will argue that Curtin was a brilliant media strategist due to his persuasive skills in influencing reporters to support his foreign policies, providing valuable lessons for managing information needs during global conflicts.

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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Arts - Department of Humanities and International Studies
Date Deposited: 17 Sep 2014 04:17
Last Modified: 06 Jan 2015 02:33
Uncontrolled Keywords: World War 11; Australia; media control; strategies; john Curtin; journalism; mass news media; political communication
Fields of Research : 19 Studies in Creative Arts and Writing > 1903 Journalism and Professional Writing > 190301 Journalism Studies
21 History and Archaeology > 2103 Historical Studies > 210303 Australian History (excl. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History)
17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170113 Social and Community Psychology
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970121 Expanding Knowledge in History and Archaeology

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