Dr Fiona Martin
Senior Lecturer in Convergent and Online Media
Phone +61 2 9036 5098
Address Room 205, Reception, Level 2, Footbridge Theatre Terrace
A09a - Footbridge Theatre
Dr Fiona Martin researches media convergence and the development, uses and regulation of online media (internet, web, mobiles, e-readers and IPTV), with a particular interest in public service media. Currently she is studying concepts of self, risk and value in PSM user interaction and participatory environments. She is conducting research on the ethical and legal implications of convergent and online news publishing for the Australian Press Council. She is also a chief investigator, with Gerard Goggin and Tim Dwyer, on the ARC Discovery project Moving Media (2012-2014), researching mobile internet development, uses and policy.
Fiona is a former community and ABC radio broadcaster (Radio National and 702 Sydney), radio documentary maker and sound designer for multimedia and theatre. For over a decade she has also been a print, online and cross-media journalist and media educator. Her interest in convergent journalism led to the cross-media documentary series Re-imagining Utopia
- public service media
- convergent and online journalism
- online media ethics and regulation
- participatory media and user generated content
Scholarly book chapters
Martin, F. (2011) ‘Vox Populi, Vox Dei: ABC Online and the risks of dialogic interaction’. In Public Service Broadcasters on the Web: A Comprehensive History. N. Brügger and M. Burns (eds). New York: Peter Lang.
Dwyer, T. and Martin, F. (2010) ‘News Diversity in Online Media Systems: A Preliminary Report on the Concept of “Voice”’. In Content, Channels and Audiences in the New Millennium: Interaction and Interrelations. Moscow: Vartanova, E. (ed.), Faculty of Journalism, Lomonosov MSU – MediaMir. pp.116-142
Martin, F. (2006) ‘New Media, New Audiences’. In Media & Communications in Australia, Cunningham, S. & Turner, G. (eds). St Leonards: Allen & Unwin. pp 315-328.
Martin, F. (2004) ‘Net worth: the unlikely rise of ABC Online’. In Virtual Nation: the Internet in Australia, edited G. Goggin. Kensington: UNSW Press. pp. 193-208
Clarke, R., Garton, A., Given, J., Goggin G., Green, L., Lovink, G. and Martin, F. (2004), ‘Histories, trends, futures: a roundtable on the Australian Internet’. In Virtual Nation: the Internet in Australia. Goggin, G (ed). Kensington: UNSW Press. pp. 271-291
Martin, F. and Ellis, R. (2003) ‘Dropping in, not Out: the Evolution of the Alternative Media in the Rainbow Region 1970-2002’. In Belonging in the Rainbow Region. Wilson, H. (ed). Lismore: Southern Cross University Press. pp.179-205
Refereed journal articles
Dwyer, T., Martin, F. and Goggin, G (2011) ‘News Diversity and Broadband Applications: Challenges for Content and Distribution’, Telecommunications Journal of Australia. 61 (4): 65.1-65.11
Dwyer, T. and Martin, F. (2010) ‘Updating Diversity of Voice Arguments for Online News Media’, Global Media Journal, 4, November 2010.
Martin, F. and Wilson, H. (2002) ‘Beyond The ABC’s Backyard: radio, the web and Australian regional space’, Convergence, 8 (1): 43-61
Martin, F. (2002) ‘Beyond Public Service Broadcasting?: ABC Online & The User/ Citizen’ Southern Review, 35 (1): 42-62
Martin, F. and Ellis, R (2002) ‘Dropping in, not out: a history of the alternative press in Byron Shire 1970 – 2001’, Transformations, 2 March 2002.
Authored research and conference proceedings
Martin, F. (2008) ‘Digital dilemmas: The Australian Broadcasting Corporation and Interactive Multimedia Publishing 1992-2002’, PhD thesis. Lismore: Southern Cross University. September 2008. Accessed online at http://epubs.scu.edu.au/theses/66
Martin, F. (2008) Informationalisation and the Transformation of Public Service Broadcasting. In New Media Industry and Globalization: International Symposium on New Media Industry, edited W. Xinxun and Y. Zhang. Shanghai: Film, TV & Media Industry Research Institute, Shanghai University.
Martin, F. (2002) ‘Forum, Zone, Database, Incubator: critical models for public service broadcasting online’. Conference proceedings, International Association of Media and Communications Researchers conference, Barcelona, July 2002
Reports, submissions and articles
[Report] Martin, F. and Dwyer T. (2012, forthcoming) Addressing Convergence: operational, legal and ethical trends in online and cross-media news production. Australian Press Council, Sydney.
[Policy submission] Dwyer, T. and Martin, F. (2011) Federal Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, 'Convergence Review', November 2011.
[Policy submission] Dwyer, T. and Martin F. (2011) Federal Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, 'Independent Media Inquiry', November 2011.
[Policy Submission] Dunn, A., Dwyer T., Martin F. (2008) Submission to Federal Government/Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, ‘ABC and SBS: Towards a digital future’. October 2008.
[NR article] Martin, F. and Dwyer T. (2011) ‘When does a blogger become a journalist?’ The Conversation. December 21st 2011. Accessed online at: http://theconversation.edu.au/when-does-a-blogger-become-a-journalist-4649
[NR article] Martin, F. (2011) ‘Better the Devil You Know’. The Conversation. November 18th 2011. Accessed online at: http://theconversation.edu.au/better-the-devil-you-know-news-limited-tells-media-inquiry-theyll-pay-more-to-the-press-council-4321
[NR article] Martin, F. (2011) ‘Media Inquiry day two: Embracing the cacophony’. The Conversation. November 10th 2011. Accessed online at:
[NR article] Martin, F. (2011) ‘Media inquiry day one: Chicken Little takes the floor.’ The Conversation. November 8th 2011. Accessed online at: http://theconversation.edu.au/media-inquiry-day-one-chicken-little-takes-the-floor-4209
[NR article] Dwyer, T. and Martin, F. (2011) ‘The online test for media inquiries’. The Conversation. November 3rd 2011. Accessed online at:
[NR article] Martin, F. (2010) ‘Image Ethics in a New Media World’. In Life in the Clickstream: The Future of Journalism, Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance, Sydney, December 2010, p.36. Accessed online at: http://www.thefutureofjournalism.org.au/
[NR article] Martin, F. (2009). Book Review: Ambivalence Towards Convergence: Digitalisation and Media Change, Resource Centre for Cyberculture Studies, March 2009. Accessed online at: http://rccs.usfca.edu/bookinfo.asp?ReviewID=650&BookID=450
[Report] Martin, F. (2008) ‘‘4.2 Convergence, Online and New Media News’ and ‘8.4 Education & Training For Convergent Media Production’ in The State of the News Print Media, Australian Press Council, Sydney. Accessed online at: http://www.presscouncil.org.au/snpma/snpma2008/index_snpma2008.html
[NR article] Martin, F. (2008) Book Review: Blogging, Citizenship, and the Future of the Media Global Media Journal Australia. Vol. 2 (2). Accessed online at:http://www.commarts.uws.edu.au/gmjau/iss2_2008/GMJ%20M_Tremayne_ed_BR.html
[NR article] Martin, F. (2004) ‘Watching the Creatives’, Realtime. no.64, Dec-Jan 2004. p. 6
Martin, F. (2011) Addressing Convergence: legal and ethical issues in online news publishing, Maintaining standards in a digital world. Journalism Education Association conference, Adelaide, November 28th.
Martin, F. (2011) Adventures in content-sharing, Digital Domain and Methodology, Centre of Excellence Symposium, ARC Centre for Creative Industries & Innovation, November 16th, 2011
Martin, F. (2011) Hybridity and the dialogic ethics of public service online. Public Service Media as Hybrid Arrangements Symposium. Centre for Critical and Cultural Studies. University of Queensland. September 16th 2011.
Martin, F. (2011) ‘Dialogic Interaction and Public Service’. Histories Of Public Service Broadcasters On The Web seminar, Internet Studies Centre and School of Media and Information research, Aarhus University, Denmark. 16th August 2011.
Martin, F. (2011) ‘The future of news diversity: tracking reuse, reversioning and repurposing of online news’. Department of Communication, Business and Information Technologies at Roskilde University, Denmark, 20th August 2011.
Martin, F. (2011) ‘Vox Populi, Vox Dei: ABC Online and the risks of dialogic interaction’. Web histories - the transformation of public service broadcasting online. Media@Sydney, University of Sydney. February 2010
Martin, F. (2010) Future News. ADC Future Summit 2010. Melbourne 24th May 2010.
Selected creative works (documentary)
Martin, F. and Duncan K. (2003) Re-imagining Utopia, 6x20 min radio documentary series ABC Radio Rational; Life Matters and 1x 50 min feature Radio Eye and The Night Air; 1x 10 min feature Triple J Hack. ABC Online website
Cross, R. and F. Martin (1994) The Electronic Salon & Paradigm Shift, 'The Coming Out Show' ABC Radio National and Comradsat. 2x45 documentaries on women and computer mediated communications.
Current Supervising Postgraduates
Dominic Santangelo (D.Arts, Assoc. supervisor) Indigenous and non-Indigenous collaboration in community broadcasting.
Kirsten McGregor (MPhil, principal supervisor) Public service broadcasting in a networked society: the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and the National Broadband Network
Catherine Maggs (MPhil, principal supervisor) WikiLeaks and the Control of Communication: Switching Power in a Networked Society
Nonee Walsh (MA research, principal supervisor) Mediating justice: investigating the media framing of the 2006 AWB inquiry