Power and compassion: John Curtin's journalist relations, 1941-1945©

Coatney, Caryn ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-3615-0126 (2021) Power and compassion: John Curtin's journalist relations, 1941-1945©. In: 2021 Australian and New Zealand Communication Association: Communication, Authority and Power (ANZCA 2021), 6 July - 9 July 2021, Melbourne, Australia.


Abstract

More than ever, democratic leaders are facing demands to portray open, caring and responsive governance in the news media during crises. Traditionally, journalists have been the central focal point for leaders needing to present compassionate messages to the public. Yet this role has often been overlooked in the post-truth media age that has excluded journalists and emphasised politicised commentaries that are falsely disguised as legitimate news. More recently, scholar have been advocating for a historical approach in using the lessons of previous successes to develop positive communication models for present-day crises. Although often forgotten, Australian Prime Minister John Curtin elevated journalists’ roles to convey public appearances of being a caring leader, good neighbour and citizens’ friend during one of the nation’s most acute emergencies, the Second World War. This paper will focus on Curtin’s confidential news interviews, private film rehearsals and public broadcasts to present a compassionate ethos. As a former labour-oriented journalist, Curtin promoted his media image as a likeable, egalitarian leader and a close, professional colleague of the wartime news reporters. This paper is based on Habermas’ theory of the public sphere and Castells’ notion that democratic power is based on inclusive communication. Curtin’s journalism-oriented ethos remains apt for the increasing scholarship into leaders’ emotive performances to deliver personalised messages to public audiences in times of crisis.©


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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Humanities and Communication (1 Mar 2019 -)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Humanities and Communication (1 Mar 2019 -)
Date Deposited: 04 Feb 2022 06:33
Last Modified: 27 May 2022 04:33
Uncontrolled Keywords: crisis communication, John Curtin, journalism, leadership communication, media relations, World War II
Fields of Research (2008): 19 Studies in Creative Arts and Writing > 1903 Journalism and Professional Writing > 190301 Journalism Studies
21 History and Archaeology > 2103 Historical Studies > 210399 Historical Studies not elsewhere classified
Fields of Research (2020): 43 HISTORY, HERITAGE AND ARCHAEOLOGY > 4303 Historical studies > 430399 Historical studies not elsewhere classified
36 CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING > 3602 Creative and professional writing > 360203 Professional writing and journalism practice
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970119 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of the Creative Arts and Writing
E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970120 Expanding Knowledge in Language, Communication and Culture
E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970121 Expanding Knowledge in History and Archaeology
Socio-Economic Objectives (2020): 28 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 2801 Expanding knowledge > 280113 Expanding knowledge in history, heritage and archaeology
28 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 2801 Expanding knowledge > 280116 Expanding knowledge in language, communication and culture
28 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 2801 Expanding knowledge > 280122 Expanding knowledge in creative arts and writing studies
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/45266

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