The Media Files

A new monthly podcast featuring discussion between media researchers, experts and working journalists on the big issues in the media landscape today. Produced in collaboration with The Conversation.


  • Episode #3: On the Serena Williams cartoon – and how the UK phone hacking scandal led to a media crackdown in South Africa

    33min 23secs

    Mark Knight’s cartoon in The Herald Sun has become a global topic of condemnation and debate because of its negative portrayal of American tennis player Serena Williams. It was widely described as racist.

    The news of the cartoon broke last week while we were both at a conference in South Africa. We decided to show the cartoon to some local academics with expertise in the study of media, race and gender to gauge their reactions because few places have dealt with issues of racism more comprehensively than South Africa.

    Listen in to this episode to hear the responses of Dr Shepherd Mpofu of the University of Limpopo and Dr Julie Reid and Dr Rofhiwa Mukhudwana of the Department of Communication Science at the University of South Africa.

    Media Files is produced by a team of journalists and academics who have spent decades working in and reporting on the media industry. They’re passionate about sharing their understanding of the media landscape, especially how journalists operate, how media policy is changing, and how commercial manoeuvres and digital disruption are affecting the kinds of media and journalism we consume.

    Media Files will be out every month, with occasional off-schedule episodes released when we’ve got fresh analysis we can’t wait to share with you. To make sure you don’t miss an episode, find us and subscribe on Apple Podcasts, in Pocket Casts or wherever you find your podcasts. And while you’re there, please rate and review us – it really helps others to find us.

    Producer: Andy Hazel.

    Theme music: Susie Wilkins.

  • Episode #2: Investigative journalism in the spotlight

    32 mins

    The Boston Globe’s Walter V. Robinson, of the famous Spotlight investigative team, and The Newcastle Herald’s Chad Watson on covering clergy abuse – and the threats that followed.

    If you’ve seen the movie Spotlight, about The Boston Globe investigative reporters who uncovered the staggering extent of child sexual abuse in the Catholic Church in the US, you’re already familiar with the work of Walter V. Robinson. He’s the one played by Michael Keaton in the film. In today’s episode of Media Files – a podcast about the media and how it works – Robinson shares his insights into journalism over his decades long career. Host – Andrew Dodd.

  • Episode #1: What does the Nine Fairfax merger mean for diversity and quality journalism?

    1hr 48mins

    In the pilot episode of our new podcast series is all about the Nine Fairfax merger, the largest media amalgamation in Australia in 30 years. Eric Beecher of Private Media, Stephen Mayne of the Mayne Report and ABC finance presenter Alan Kohler join presenters Andrew Dodd and Andrea Carson to discuss the implications for diversity and quality journalism.

    Media Files is hosted by Andrew Dodd at the University of Melbourne, Andrea Carson at LaTrobe University and Matthew Ricketson at Deakin University, who between them have decades of experience reporting on and researching the media. Media Files will also involve journalists, editors and other practitioners reflecting on topics such as ethics, digital disruption and the trends affecting what we hear, watch and read. It is produced in collaboration with The Conversation.