Associate Professor Gail Phillips
BA Hons, PhD, University of London

Emerita Associate Professor

About me

I am Emeritus Associate Professor of journalism at Murdoch University. I spent fourteen years working in commercial and public sector radio at local and national levels. At Murdoch University I have held the positions of Head of the School of Media Communication & Culture, Chair of the Media Studies program, and Director of Research for the Division of Arts. I have also served on the Murdoch University Senate.  I am co-author with Mia Lindgren of Australian Broadcast Journalism, published by Oxford University Press (2002, 2006, 2013) and and am also co-author of Journalism Ethics at Work (Pearson Longman, 2005).  I was lead researcher on the Reporting Diversity project funded by the Department of Immigration and Citizenship and am currently Chief Investigator on the Australian Asbestos Network research project funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council. I am on the editorial advisory board for the forthcoming (2014) Companion to the Australian Media. I am on the editorial boards for the Radio Journal and the Journal of Applied Journalism & Media Studies.

Teaching area

I teach in the areas of radio theory and practice, journalism ethics, broadcast media policy, law and regulation

Research areas

Broadcast journalism, broadcast law, journalism ethics, narrative, reporting diversity, practice-led and practice-based research

Current projects

Chief Investigator, Australian Asbestos Network

Editorial Advisory Board member,  A Companion to the Australian Media

 

Awards and grants

Awards

Vice Chancellor’s  Teaching Excellence Award 2007

Grants

2009 $729,500 NHMRC. Dust-related Health Issues in Western Australia, jointly with UWA.  MU CIs: Gail Phillips, Lenore Layman. AIs: Renae Desai, Mia Lindgren, Chris Smyth

2008 $185 000 Department of Immigration and Citizenship, ‘Reporting Diversity’,  Living in Harmony initiative, Murdoch University, JEA, University of South Australia, University of Western Sydney, University of Canberra, Griffith University, SBS. Academic leader, Murdoch University

2007 $846 385 NHMRC Living with asbestos, jointly with Curtin University and University of Western Australia. MU CIs: Mia Lindgren, Gail Phillips, Lenore Layman, Chris Smyth

2007 $162,538 Department of Immigration and Citizenship, ‘Reporting Diversity’,  Living in Harmony initiative, Murdoch University, JEA, University of South Australia, University of Western Sydney, University of Canberra, Griffith University, SBS. Academic leader, Murdoch University

2006 $108,012 Department of Immigration and Multicultural Affairs, ‘Journalism in Multicultural Australia’, Living in Harmony initiative, Murdoch University, JEA, University of South Australia, University of Western Sydney, University of Canberra, Griffith University, SBS. Academic leader, Murdoch University

2006 Murdoch University Research Excellence Grant, ‘Living with asbestos’, with L. Layman, M. Lindgren, C. Smyth, $14, 877.

2002-2004 ARC Linkage grant, ‘Production Challenges in the On-Line Learning Environment’ with A/ Prof. Simone Volet, Dr. Dorit Maor, Suellen Tapsall, Brogan Bunt and ABC, $107,000

2000 Murdoch University Small Research Grant , ‘What’s news: forensic analysis of WA television news content’, with Suellen Tapsall, , $10,000

1999 Murdoch University Small Research Grant ,‘Handling Transition: A Comparative Analysis of the ABC in the late 1970s and late 1990s’ with Tom O’Regan, Jan-December,$2500

1998: Murdoch University Small Research Grant , ‘Handling Transition: A Comparative Analysis of the ABC in the late 1970s and late 1990s’ with Tom O’Regan, $2500

Consultancies  

2003: Centre for Democratic Institutions, Investigative Journalism course for Indonesian journalists, with Dr Stephen Tanner and Christopher Smyth, June, 2003, $70,000

2002: Centre for Democratic Institutions, ‘Indonesia: Transition to  Publicly Accountable Broadcasting Workshop’with Dr. Krishna Sen, Curtin, and Marilynne Smith, ABC 1-8 February, 2002, $92080

2000: Alcohol and Drug Authority ‘Chasing the Dragon’ Media Training Course, May, $500

2000: Australian Broadcasting Corporation,training consultancy, 6AL Albany, October 2000, $1000

2000: Centre for Democratic Institutions,  ‘Indonesia: Transition to  Publicly Accountable Broadcasting Workshop’,with Dr. Krishna Sen, Murdoch, and Marilynne Smith, ABC, June 2000, $73,755

1999: Centre for Democratic Institutions and Australia-Indonesia Institute, ‘Indonesia: Transition to  Publicly Accountable Broadcasting Workshop’,with Dr. Krishna Sen, Murdoch, and Marilynne Smith, ABC, 1999, $64,746

1999: WA Office of Road Safety, Driver Education Information Package, with A/Prof Laurence Hartley,  A/Prof Ralph Stratton, Susan Hastings, Dr. Mark Balnaves, January-June1999, $38,525

1998: Wesfarmers and Road Transport Safety Authority, ‘Drive Alert’ – Talking Book on driver fatigue in the road transport industry, with A/Prof Laurence Hartley, June-December 1998, $5,000

Professional and community service

Journals

Editorial board, The Radio Journal, Journal of Applied Journalism and Media Studies

Book reviewer for Australian Journalism Review, Media International Australia

Peer  Reviewer: Radio Journal, Australian Journalism Review, Observatorio, Media Culture & Society, Media International Australia, Journal of Media Culture and Society, Journal of Applied Journalism and Media Studies

 

Doctoral and masters supervisions

Helene Thomas Lessening Africa’s ‘otherness’ in the Western media: A theory for ethical journalistic encounters with the Other. Completed March 2015.

Sophie KnowlesFinancial Reporting through Financial Crises: An Analysis of Business Journalism Through Three Boom and Bust Cycles. Completed April 2014.

Michelle Johnston NOONGAR DANDJOO: A Cross-Cultural Collaborative Approach to Aboriginal Community Television Production. Completed February 2014

Leo MurrayFilm Sound: Applying Peircean Semiotics to Create Theory Grounded In Practice.Completed November 2013.

David Maguire Chaos and Order: Tourism and the Media in Global Crisis. Completed February 2012.

Simon Order Community Radio in Western Australia: Notions of Value. Completed July 2013.

Mia Lindgren, Radio documentary as research – a study of the methodology of radio production, Sole Super visor. Completed November 2011.

Collin Chua, Resounding images.  Co-supervisor, completed June 2008.

Karin MacArthur, The Emperor’s New Clothes: The role of the Western Australian press and State government in selling the story of the Northbridge Curfew. Co- supervisor,  completed August 2007.

Johan Lidberg, ‘Keeping the bastards honest’- the promise and practice of Freedom of Information – A Comparative Study. Co-supervisor, completed  November 2006.

Anthony Lambert, Movement Within a Filmic ‘Terra Nullius’: Women, Land and Identity in Australian Cinema. Co-supervisor, completed August 2002

 

Postgraduate – Master’s level

2003: MA: Johan Lidberg For your information:  the impact of Freedom of Information legislation on journalism practice in Australia and Sweden, Principal Supervisor. Completed November.

1998: MSc:  Philippa Farrell (joint supervision with Dr Ross James, School of Public Health, CurtinUniversity.

 

 

Publications

Books

  • Tanner, S., Phillips, G., Smyth, C., Tapsall, S., (2005),Journalism Ethics at Work,Pearson Education Australia.
  • Phillips, G., Lindgren, M., (2002),Australian Broadcast Journalism Manual,,Oxford University Press.

Chapters

  • Lindgren, M., Phillips, G., (2016),Asbestos Memories: Journalistic ''Mediation' in Mediated Prospective Memory,In: Memory in a Mediated World: Remembrance and Reconstruction, Palgrave Macmillan, pages 158 to 175.
  • Tapsall, S., Phillips, G., (2002),Investigative journalism and ethics - a slippery slide rule,In: Journalism: Investigation and Research, Pearson Education Australia, pages 298 to 311.

Journals

  • Knowles, S., Phillips, G., Lidberg, J., (2017), Reporting the global financial crisis, Journalism Studies, 18, 3, pages 322 - 340.
  • Phillips, G., (2014), The production-based PhD: An action research model for supervisors, Quality Assurance in Education, 22, 4, pages 370 - 383.
  • Phillips, G., (2013), ERA 2012: Lose a battle, win the war - the future for journalism research, Australian Journalism Review, 35, 1, pages 7 - 10.
  • Knowles, S., Phillips, G., Lidberg, J., (2013), The framing of the global financial crisis 2005-2008: A cross-country comparison of the US, UK and Australia, Australian Journalism Review, 35, 2, pages 59 - 72.
  • Stewart, H., Cullen, T., Johnston, M., Phillips, G., Bowman, D., Meadows, M., (2012), Teaching journalism students how to tell indigenous stories in an informed way: A work integrated learning approach, Asia Pacific Media Educator, 22, 1, pages 55 - 67.
  • Phillips, G., (2011), Reporting diversity: The representation of ethnic minorities in Australia's television current affairs programs, Media International Australia Incorporating Culture and Policy: quarterly journal of media research and resources, , 139, pages 23 - 31.
  • Lindgren, M., Phillips, G., (2011), Conceptualising journalism as research: Two paradigms, Australian Journalism Review, 33, 2, pages 73 - 83.
  • Phillips, G., Lindgren, M., (2010), The Australian Asbestos Network - how journalism can address a public health disaster, Observatorio, 4, 4, pages 197 - 213.
  • Phillips, G., (2009), Ethnic Minorities in Australia's Television News: A Second Snapshot, Australian Journalism Review, 31, 1, pages 19 - 32.
  • Phillips, G., Tapsall, S., (2007), Australian Television News Trends: First results from a longitudinal study, Australian Journalism Monographs, 9, August, pages 1 - 34.
  • Phillips, G., (2007), The interactive audience: A radio experiment in community-building, Media International Australia Incorporating Culture and Policy: quarterly journal of media research and resources, 122, , pages 174 - 185.
  • Phillips, G., Tapsall, S., (2007), Ethnic diversity in television news: An Australian case study, Australian Journalism Review, 29, 2, pages 15 - 33.
  • Phillips, G., (2005), From Listeners to Learners: An Audio Experiment, Asia Pacific Media Educator, 16, December, pages 103 - 116.
  • Josephi, B., Phillips, G., Businoska, A., (2005), Localism and Networking: A Radio News Case Study, Media International Australia Incorporating Culture and Policy: quarterly journal of media research and resources, 117, November, pages 121 - 136.
  • Lidberg, J., Phillips, G., Tanner, S., (2003), The Freedom of Information Index: Measuring the Gap Between the Promise and Practice of Information Legislation, Freedom of Information Review, 108, , pages 88 - 94.
  • Phillips, G., Balnaves, M., (2002), The anarchic audience: A case study, Australian Journalism Review, 24, 1, pages 83 - 97.
  • Balnaves, M., Ferrier, L., Phillips, G., O'Regan, T., (2002), Introducing Ratings in Transition, Media International Australia Incorporating Culture and Policy: quarterly journal of media research and resources, 105, November, pages 6 - 9.

Conference

  • Phillips, G., (2008),Mad, bad, sad, 'other': multiculturalism in Australian television news,In: 26th International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR) World Congress (2008).
  • Phillips, G., Lindgren, M., (2007),Broadcasting in the Ivory Tower. The Pleasure and Pain for Teachers and Learners in the Real-Life Radio Environment,In: Radio Conference (2007).
  • Phillips, G., Tapsall, S., (2006),Australian and UnAustralian: "dog-whistle" journalism in television news,In: Cultural Studies Association of Australasia (CSAA) Annual Conference (2006).
  • Phillips, G., Tapsall, S., (2006),Living in Harmony: Journalism in Multicultural Australia,In: Recent Advances in Animal Nutrition in Australia.
  • Lindgren, M., Phillips, G., (2005),Teaching in the Invisible Medium,In: Radio Conference (2005).
  • Phillips, G., Lindgren, M., (2005),Loud and Proud: community radio as a site for teaching and learning,In: Community Broadcasting Association of Australia (CBAA) Conference (2005).
  • Phillips, G., (2005),Beyond the 'warm bath' - using audio documentary as an online teaching tool,In: 14th Annual Teaching Learning Forum (2005).
  • Phillips, G., Guilfoyle, D., (2004),Birth of a Station: The Impact of Nova on the Perth Radio Market,In: Australian and New Zealand Communication Association Conference (ANZCA) (2004).
  • Phillips, G., Josephi, B., (2003),The myth of localism a radio news case study,In: Moral panics, the media and the Law.
  • Phillips, G., Lidberg, J., Tanner, S., (2003),The Freedom of Information Index - Measuring the gap between the Promise and Practice of Freedom of Information Legislation,In: Journalism Education Association Conference 2003.
  • Willcoxson, L., Craig, G., Pengelly, E., Phillips, G., (1998),Negotiating the Curriculum: Reflections on Two Learning Experiences,In: 19th - 25th Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia Conferences (HERDSA) (1996-2002).
Publications:
Books

2013: Phillips, G.& Lindgren, M.,Australian Broadcast Journalism, 3rd edn, Oxford University Press, Melbourne.

2006: Phillips, G.& Lindgren, M.,Australian Broadcast Journalism, 2nd edn, Oxford University Press, Melbourne.

2005: Tanner, S., Phillips, G.,  Smyth, C. & Tapsall, S., Journalism Ethics at Work, Pearson Education Australia, Frenchs Forest.

2002: Phillips, G. & Lindgren, M., Australian Broadcast Journalism Manual, Oxford University Press, Melbourne

Book Chapters

2016: Lindgren, M. & Phillips, G., ‘Asbestos Memories: Journalistic “Mediation” in Mediated Prospective Memory,  in Memory in a Mediated World, Eds A. Hajek, C. Lohmeier and C. Pentzold, Basingstoke, Palgrave Macmillan:158-175

2002: Phillips, G. & Tapsall, S.,Investigative journalism and ethics: a slippery slide rule’ in S. Tanner ed, Journalism: Investigation & Research, Pearson, Frenchs Forest, NSW: 298-311.

Refereed Publications 

2015: Knowles, S, Phillips G. & Lidberg,J.Reporting the Global Financial Crisis’, Journalism Studies. Published online: 28 Jul 2015.http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/1461670X.2015.1058182

 2014 ‘The production-based PhD: an action research model for supervisors’, Quality Assurance in Education, Vol. 22, No. 4, 370-383.

2014: Phillips, G. ‘A sense of momentum’, Australian Journalism Review, Vol. 36, No. 1, 113-114.

2014: ‘chequebook journalism’. In A Companion to the Australian Media, Bridget Griffen-Foley (Ed.), Australian Scholarly Publishing Pty Ltd, Melbourne, p. 91  .

2014: ‘King, Catherine Helen (1904–2000)’. In A Companion to the Australian Media, Bridget Griffen-Foley (Ed.), Australian Scholarly Publishing Pty Ltd, Melbourne, p. 232 .

2014: ‘news agencies’. In A Companion to the Australian Media, Bridget Griffen-Foley (Ed.), Australian Scholarly Publishing Pty Ltd, Melbourne, p.299-300  .

2014: ‘payola’. In A Companion to the Australian Media, Bridget Griffen-Foley (Ed.), Australian Scholarly Publishing Pty Ltd, Melbourne, p.335-336  .

2014: ‘Radio, Western Australia’. In A Companion to the Australian Media, Bridget Griffen-Foley (Ed.), Australian Scholarly Publishing Pty Ltd, Melbourne, p.399-400  .

2014: ‘Sattler, Howard (1945– )’. In A Companion to the Australian Media, Bridget Griffen-Foley (Ed.), Australian Scholarly Publishing Pty Ltd, Melbourne, p. 421 .

2013: Knowles, S., Phillips,G. and Lidberg, J. ‘The framing of the financial crisisa cross-country comparison of the US, the UK, and Australia’. Australian Journalism Review, Vol. 35 (2), 59-72.

2013: Phillips, G. ‘Lose a battle, win the war: the future for journalism research’. Australian Journalism Review, Vol. 35 (1), 7-10. 

2012: Stewart, H., Williams, M., Cullen, T., Johnston, M., Phillips, G., Mulligan, P., Bowman, L., and Meadows, M. ‘Teaching journalism students how to tell indigenous stories in an informed way: A work integrated learning approach’. Asia Pacific Media Educator 22(1), 55–67.

2011: Phillips, G. ‘Reporting Diversity: the representation of ethnic minorities in Australia’s television current affairs programs’. Media International Australia, No. 139 (May), 23-31.

2011: Lindgren, M. and Phillips, G. ‘Conceptualising journalism as research: two paradigms’. Australian Journalism Review, Vol. 33 (2), 73-83.

2010: Phillips, G. and Lindgren, M. ‘The Australian Asbestos Network – how journalism can address a public health disaster’. Observatorio (OBS*) Journal, Vol.4 (4), 197-213.

2009: Phillips, G. ‘Ethnic Minorities in Australia’s Television News: A Second Snapshot’, Australian Journalism Review. Vol.31 (1), 19-32.

2007: Phillips, G. & Tapsall, S. ‘Ethnic diversity in television news: an Australian case study’, Australian Journalism Review. Vol. 29 (2), 15-33.

2007: Phillips, G. & Tapsall, S., ‘Australian television news trends. First results from a longitudinal study, Australian Journalism Monographs, No. 9, August.

2007: Phillips, G. ‘The interactive audience: A radio experiment in community-building, Media International Australia, 122 (February), 174-185.

2005, Phillips,G., ‘From listeners to learners: an audio experiment’, Asia Pacific Media Educator,  Issue 16, December, 103-116.

2005: Josephi, B., Phillips,  G. & Businoska, A. ‘Localism and networking: A radio news case study, Media International Australia, No. 117 (November),121-136.

2003: Lidberg, J., Phillips, G. & Tanner, S. ‘The Freedom of Information Index: measuring the gap between the promise and practice of information legislation’, Freedom of Information Review, Vol.108, 88-104.

2002: Balnaves, M., Ferrier, L., Phillips, G. & O’Regan, T. ‘Introducing Ratings in Transition’, Media International Australia, Vol.105 (November), 6-9.

2002: Phillips, G. & Balnaves, M. ‘The anarchic audience: A case study’, Australian Journalism Review, Vol. 24 (1) July, 83-97.

Published Conference Proceedings (refereed)

2005: Lindgren, M. & Phillips, G. ‘Teaching in the invisible medium’, in Radio in the

World: Radio Conference 2005, pages: 493-504. Eds. Healy, S.,Berryman, B. &

Goodman, D., Melbourne: RMIT Publishing 2005. http://search.informit.com.au/documentSummary;dn=039724901935648;res=E-LIBRARY(23 Jan 06)

2004: Phillips, G. & Guilfoyle, D. ‘Birth of a station: the impact of Nova on the Perth

radio market’. Paper presented at the Australian and New Zealand Communication

Association conference (ANZCAC), Sydney, July 7-9 2005,

http://conferences.arts.usyd.edu.au/viewabstract.php?id=102&cf=3

1998: Willcoxson, L., Craig, G., McAvoy, M., Pengelly, B., Phillips, G.  ‘Negotiating the Curriculum: Reflections on Two learning Experiences’, , Proceedings of Herdsa Annual conference, http://www.cce.auckland.ac.nz/herdsa98[July, 1998]

Government reports

2009:  ‘Media Analysis Report – Television Current Affairs’, Diverse Australia Program: Reporting Diversity, Department of Immigration and Citizenship, http://www.reportingdiversity.org.au.

2008: ‘Media Analysis Report, May 2008’, Living in Harmony: Reporting Diversity Project, Department of Immigration and Citizenship,

http://www.reportingdiversity.org.au.

2006, with Suellen Tapsall: ‘Media Analysis Report – November 2006’, Living in Harmony: Journalism in Multicultural Australia Project, Department of Immigration and Multicultural Affairs, http://www.reportingdiversity.org.au.

2004: Creative WA:A framework for the creative industries in Western Australia, The Premier’s Creative Industries Working Group report, August.

2003: Western Australian Defamation Law: Committee Report on Reform to the Law of Defamation in Western Australia, State of Western Australia, September

Edited Journals

2002, with Mark Balnaves, , Liz Ferrier, Tom O’Regan: ‘Ratings in Transition, Media International Australia,  105 (November) 181 pages