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Report: Media literacy lessons a must for schools

Media literacy lessons a must for schools The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the importance of teaching students the difference between real and fake or misleading news say the authors of a new report into news media literacy education. The News Literacy and Australian Teachers: How News Media is Taught in the Classroom report also…

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The DMRC is recruiting a Software Developer

The DMRC is currently seeking a Software Developer to work in our world-leading research centre as a key part of our multi-disciplinary research team. The role is multi-faceted and is an excellent opportunity to work across a number of exciting platforms, contribute to worldleading research, and to gain experience in cutting-edge…

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DMRC academics ‘virtually’ honoured at media conference

With conferences cancelled worldwide due to COVID-19, many are being staged virtually, including the International Communication Association’s 70th conference, originally slated for the Gold Coast. Held from 20-26 May, #ICA2020 was a fully digital affair. Researchers from around the world shared work in health care, politics, the…

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ARC Linkage Grant: Advancing digital inclusion in low income Australian families project

Disadvantages of digital divide in spotlight When it comes to access to digital platforms and technologies, not all people have an equal experience, but a QUT-led project aims to address the growing gap experienced by as many as three million Australians living below the poverty line. Federal Minister for Education Dan Tehan today…

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DMRC Member awarded world-first Associate Fellow (Indigenous) of the HEA

We are pleased to announce DMRC’s member Ruari Elkington has been award Assoicate Fellow (Indigenous) of the Higher Education Academy (HEA). In 2019 QUT received accreditation to award staff members the category of Associate Fellow (Indigenous) in recognition for embedding Indigenous perspectives in higher education learning and…

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Twitter – not just pointless babble

First published 7 May 2020 Professor Jean Burgess, Director of QUT’s Digital Media Research Centre (DMRC), argues we need Twitter now more than ever, not just for its news value but for its role in social connection as well as everyday entertainment. She is the co-author of a new book which traces the journey of Twitter from its…

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'Like a Virus' – Disinformation in the Age of COVID-19

QUT DMRC social media researchers Dr Tim Graham and Prof. Axel Bruns participated in Essential Media’s Australia at Home online seminar series on 23 April, presenting early results from collaborative research in partnership with the Australia Institute’s Centre for Responsible Technology to a Zoom audience of more than 200…

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NEWS ARTICLE: Why is it so hard to stop COVID-19 misinformation spreading on social media?

Even before the coronavirus arrived to turn life upside down and trigger a global infodemic, social media platforms were under growing pressure to curb the spread of misinformation. Last year, Facebook cofounder and chief executive Mark Zuckerberg called for new rules to address “harmful content, election integrity, privacy and data…

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DMRC is recruiting an Indigenous Postdoctoral Research Fellow

  The QUT Digital Media Research Centre is currently recruiting an Indigenous Postdoctoral Research Fellow to pursue independent and collaborative research within or across three of our research programs: Transforming Media Industries (led by Professor Amanda Lotz) Digital Publics (led by Professor Axel Bruns) Digital Inclusion &amp…

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Trust deficit disorder: Do we trust the news media in Australia?

Trust in news media is essential to well-functioning societies. The UN Secretary-General, António Guterres, has observed that “Our world is suffering from a bad case of ‘Trust Deficit Disorder’ … people are losing faith in political establishments, polarisation is on the rise and populism is on the march ”. In Australia, the Senate Legal…

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