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The School of Communication Studies is committed to innovative, critical and creative research that advances knowledge, serves the community, and develops future communication experts and skilled media practitioners. There is a dynamic interaction between communication theory and media practice across digital media, creative industries, film and television production advertising, radio, public relations, and journalism. The School is involved in research and development in areas of:

  • Journalism
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  • Media Performance
  • Multimodal Analysis
  • Online, Social and Digital Media
  • Asia-Pacific Media
  • Political Economy of Communication
  • Popular Culture
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  • Lacan, Laclau, and the impossibility of free trade

    Owen, T (MEDIANZ, 2017)
    This paper applies Lacan’s ‘negative ontology’ to mediated representations of ‘free trade’, and, in particular, the intellectual property aspects of free trade agreements. More specifically, the paper adopts Lacan’s ...
  • Is Edward Cullen a "good" boyfriend: Young men talk about Twilight, masculinity and the rules of (hetero)romance

    Vogels, C (Journal of Popular Romance Studies, 2017)
    The popular romance is a pervasive and ubiquitous part of popular culture, which has been critically and rigorously analysed by a wide range of scholars. While this body of work is diverse in its critiques of popular ...
  • Mobile Social Media and the News: Where Heutagogy Enables Journalism Education

    Mulrennan, D (SAGE Publications, 2017)
    Journalism schools are under pressure to look beyond traditional teaching methods to prepare students for the post-Internet, rapidly evolving news landscape. Heutagogy is a net-centric teaching method in which learners are ...
  • Special Issue: Agenda 2020 Imagining the Future of New Zealand Media

    Mollgaard, M (MEDIANZ, 2017)
    This edition of MEDIANZ was generated from papers, presentations and discussions at the Agenda 2020: NZ Media Futures Symposium at AUT in April 2017. The Symposium was designed as a forum to encourage debate about the media ...
  • Nurturing Global Collaboration and Networked Learning in Higher Education

    Cronin, C; Cochrane, T; Gordon, A (Association for Learning Technologies, 2016)
    With the ubiquity of mobile social media in 2014, we consider communities of practice in the wider context of networked communication and networked learning in higher education. In this paper we build upon previous work ...
  • Building Global Learning Communities

    Cochrane, T; Buchem, I; Camacho, M; Cronin, C; Gordon, A; Keegan, H (Association for Learning Technology, 2013)
    Within the background where education is increasingly driven by the economies of scale and research funding, we propose an alternative online open and connected framework (OOC) for building global learning communities using ...
  • Heutagogy and Mobile Social Media: Post Web 2.0 Pedagogy

    Cochrane, T; Antonczak, L; Gordon, A; Sissons, H; Withell, A (ascilite, 2012)
    O’Reilly coined the term web 2.0 seven years ago (O'Reilly, 2005), yet in the past seven years we have seen minimal evidence of wide-spread impact of web 2.0 on traditional higher education pedagogy. Seven years on, we ...
  • Dialogue and Persuasion in the Islamic Tradition: Implications for Journalism

    Rahman, KA (Global Media Journal -- Canadian Edition, 2016)
    As the dominant global media, Western media face constant ethical challenges. In a fast-paced, fast-changing world post-9/11, Western media have been accused of misrepresenting Islam and Muslims through biased reporting ...
  • Trials of Celebrity

    Johnson, RJK; King, DB (Pacific Media Centre, Creative Industries Research Institute, AUT University., 2013)
    This issue of Pacific Journalism Review engages with the theme of the dynamics of fame in a small country. In contrast to the dominant focus of the newly emergent field of Celebrity Studies on celebrity as a global phenomenon, ...
  • A Trauma Shake-up: Are NZ Graduates Being Prepared for the Real World?

    Barnes, M (Pacific Media Centre, AUT University, 2013)
    Young journalists today are highly likely to cover traumatic incidents early in their careers, with many confronting trauma day to day. This pressure is exacerbated in the current economic climate and fast-paced changing ...
  • Hypercommercial Television: An Introduction

    Johnson, R (Popular Culture Association of Australia and New Zealand (PopCAANZ), 2016)
    This paper examines the introduction and spread of hypercommercial broadcasting on free-to-air television in New Zealand. It begins by defining the key terms and then moves to outline the circumstances under which such ...
  • News, Politics and Diversity in the 2014 New Zealand General Election

    Rupar, V; Owen, TW; Baker, S; Nand, P; Scott, J; Hoyle, C; del Pozo Cruz, J; Shaan Lee, J (Media Observatory, AUT University, 2015)
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  • Pop, Power and Politics: Kiwi FM and the ‘Third Way’ in New Zealand

    Mollgaard, M (MEDIANZ, 2016)
    In 2005 a major multi-national media company launched a New Zealand radio network that played only New Zealand music—Kiwi FM. Within a year it was clear that the experiment had failed, with the ...
  • 'It's training man'! Membership categorisation and the situated moral order of basketball training

    Evans, B (Taylor & Francis, 2015)
    In this paper we examine how physical and verbal actions are constituted as morally accountable within an institutional context. Through the detailed examination of a video recording of the aftermath of an on-court altercation ...
  • Power & persuasion: constructing identity in religious communications

    Nairn, AM; Nelson, FM; Johnson, RJK (The Australian and New Zealand Communication Association (ANZCA), 2015)
    According to Geertz (2002, p. 19), religion is “a system of symbols which acts to establish powerful, pervasive and long lasting moods and motivations” and provides adherents with a means for understanding the world. The ...
  • Commodification, viewership and a for-anyone-as-someone "special" structure

    Johnson, RJK (The Popular Culture Association of Australia and New Zealand (PopCAANZ), 2015)
    Paddy Scannell’s analysis of broadcasting as a ‘for-anyone-assomeone structure’ (2000: 5) remains a key theoretical delineation of the role radio, television (and, now, digital media) play in everyday life. In essence, ...
  • Promoting a promotional culture: a case study of the Junior Franklin County News

    Johnson, RJK; Bieldt, N (Australian & New Zealand Communication Association Inc, 2015)
    Although the extraordinary level of commercial speech in New Zealand media is relatively commonly acknowledged (see, for instance, Bell, 1995, Campbell, 2000, Hope, 1996, Horrocks, 2004, Lealand, 2002, Thompson, 2003, ...
  • Launching loading docs: a reflection on the first year of a documentary innovation experiment from a producer/researcher perspective

    Jackson, AG (Pacific Media Centre, School of Communication Studies, Auckland University of Technology, 2015)
    Loading Docs is a New Zealand documentary initiative that supports the development, production and distribution of three-minute documentary films. Loading Docs is also a development and innovation initiative, building the ...
  • Educational change and self-governance in a Yukon First Nation community

    Lewthwaite, Brian; Doiron, Ashley; Owen, Thomas; Dewell, Helen (American Educational Research Association (AERA), 2015)
    More recent developments in Canada’s Yukon Territory draw attention to how political changes have potential for accelerating practices in education that are responsive to Indigenous Peoples’ aspirations for formal education ...
  • Being ‘Afrikaans’: a contested identity

    Theunissen, PS (All Academic, Inc., 2015)
    Afrikaner Nationalism under the National Party was the vehicle for maintaining Afrikaner identity for most of the 20th century. To achieve this, a set of master symbols was developed. This qualitative pilot study investigates ...

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