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The changing role of war correspondents in Australian news and current affairs coverage of two conflicts, Vietnam (1966-1975) and Iraq (2003)

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posted on 2022-03-29, 02:14 authored by Tony Maniaty
This thesis explores how war reporting on Australian television has been dramatically reshaped over the last 40 years, particularly by new technologies. Specifically, it seeks to answer these questions: 1. How did differing cultural, social, political and professional contexts, available technology and battlefield experience affect the attitudes, editorial content and narrative forms of two generations of television correspondents - in Vietnam and Iraq respectively? 2. How did technological and other industry changes over the 30 years between Vietnam and Iraq reshape the power relationship between the war correspondent in the field and his news producers and managers? What impact did these changes have on the resulting screened coverage? What are the longer-term implications for journalism and for audiences?


Alternative Title

Australian television news coverage of Vietnam and Iraq.

Table of Contents

Precursors -- An imperfect war -- Interregnum -- The perfect war -- Conclusions.


Bibliography: leaves 176-188

Degree Type

Thesis masters research


Thesis (MA), Macquarie University (Division of Society, Culture, Media & Philosophy, Dept. of Media and Communications)

Department, Centre or School

Department of Media

Year of Award


Principal Supervisor

Noel King


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192 leaves ill. (some col.)

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