Chris Smyth  from Murdoch University in Perth Australia.

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Chris Smyth

Associate Professor, Journalism; Director International Strategy for the School of Arts

About me

Chris Smyth has been teaching journalism at Murdoch since 1999. He lectures in reporting, media law and ethics.

Smyth started his career in journalism as a cadet reporter for Perth’s afternoon Daily News in 1982 after completing a psychology degree at the University of Western Australia. He has worked in newspapers in Australia and the UK. For 10 years Smyth was the state secretary of the Australian Journalists Association (now MEAA). His research interests include media law, journalists’ rights and labour history.

He has co-authored a text book on journalism ethics and a pictorial history book on the Midland Railway Workshops. He is a member of the Murdoch team from journalism, PR and history that created Australian Asbestos Network. The website is a multimedia collaboration with medical professionals, which documents the history of asbestos. It also provides information for people wanting to know about asbestos and the diseases it causes.

Currently teaching

JOU245 Media Law and Ethics

MCM501 Critical and Ethical Issues in Communication

JOU340 Politics, Journalism and Society

Guest lecturer in EGL234 Literary Journalism; BAR150 Ideas and Identity; RAD105 Introduction to Radio



Research areas

Media law

Media ethics

Journalists’ rights

Labour history

Current projects




Awards and grants

2004    WA Newspapers grant to research book – $2500

2003     Research Excellence Grants Scheme, Murdoch University – $23,000

2004     Research Excellence Grants Scheme, Murdoch University – $10,000


Events and speaking engagements

2013          Desai, R and Smyth C “Facing Responsibilities: The Unexpected Consequences of Successful Collaboration”, Australian and New Zealand Communication Association annual conference, Fremantle July 2013

2012          Maguire D, and Smyth C “Industry Self-Regulation – the WA experience, Journalism Education Association of Australia Dec 2012

2012          “State of Media Education”, Keynote, Singapore Media Conference, Singapore, Nov 2 2012

 2011          “New Media, New Ethics” Panel chair, Walkley Media Conference, Brisbane, November 27

2010          “Accountability in the Age of New media”, IFJ/Global Forum for Media Development, Bali, Indonesia, Dec 10,

2008          Panelist, Future of Journalism, MEAA/Walkley Foundation, Melbourne Nov 27

2006          “Media Landscape in Australia”, Poynter Institute, St Petersburg, FL,

2000          “Editorial Independence”, International Federation of Journalists conference, Negombo, Sri Lanka Nov 24-6

Professional and community service


Chair, National Ethics Panel, Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance (2008-14 )

Member, Federal Council, Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance (2011)

Board member, Arts Industry Training Council (WA) (2000-2)

Member, WA Branch, Society for the Study of Labour History

Judge, WA Media Awards 2014, 2013


Murdoch Community Garden (Treasurer). The garden grows food for students, staff and members of the local community.

Doctoral and masters supervisions

A list of doctoral and masters supervisons goes here.



  • Tanner, S., Phillips, G., Smyth, C., Tapsall, S., (2005),Journalism Ethics at Work,Pearson Education Australia.
  • Smyth, C., Ellis, N., (2004),Midland Railway Workshops: A history in Pictures 1904-2004,St George.