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One for the media history buffs

While the news media industry is struggling to find its place in today's increasingly digital economy, and recent cutbacks in Australia have made the headlines for all the wrong reasons, as adjacent white settler societies, Australia and New Zealand both started out from a similar place.

We experienced similar histories of telegraph installation, news agency dependence and newspaper proliferation, eventually bleeding into trans-Tasman ownership and today, a global media environment.

This year researchers were invited to submit papers to the 2012 Journalism, Media and Democracy Conference (Australian and New Zealand Media Histories – Commonality, Autonomy, Convergence) in response to themes including news journalism, alternative media, popular culture and indigenous media (including Idealog editor Hazel Phillips). And if that's the sort of thing that floats your boat, you can register to attend the presentations on September 13 at AUT University.