Recovering a radio ethos: how John Curtin created conversational spaces with journalists, 1941-1945

Coatney, Caryn M. (2016) Recovering a radio ethos: how John Curtin created conversational spaces with journalists, 1941-1945. Global Media Journal: Australian Edition, 10 (2). ISSN 1835-2340


Australia’s wartime prime minister John Curtin developed a radio ethos to convey public appearances of a credible prime ministership during the Pacific war. Curtin’s ethos of intimacy was obscured in the post-war consensus of mass communication as an impersonal form of address from a political leader to the audience. He elevated journalists’ role to portray more public views of the prime minister conversing with citizens as peers. This paper uses newly discovered archives that delve behind the scenes of his broadcasting production. His radio ethos is useful for the study of journalism’s role in communication spaces that appear to bridge a divide between a leader and citizens.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Arts and Communication
Date Deposited: 06 Apr 2017 03:56
Last Modified: 06 Apr 2017 03:56
Uncontrolled Keywords: radio journalism; broadcast journalism; fifth estate; government-media relations; mass communication; John Curtin
Fields of Research : 19 Studies in Creative Arts and Writing > 1903 Journalism and Professional Writing > 190301 Journalism Studies
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970120 Expanding Knowledge in Language, Communication and Culture

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