Dr Penny O'Donnell

BA (Hons) University of Melbourne, MA (Comm) Iberoamericana University, Mexico City, PhD University of Technology, Sydney

A20 - John Woolley Building
The University of Sydney

Telephone +61 2 9351 3896

Biographical details

In 2008, I joined the University of Sydney's Department of Media and Communications as Senior Lecturer in International Media and Journalism. In 2009, I was the lead Chief Investigator on a successful ARC Linkage Grant (LP0990734) for research on the future of Australian newspapers, undertaken in partnership with Associate Professor David McKnight (UNSW) and Mr Jonathan Este (Walkley Foundation). The resulting industry report, Journalism at the Speed of Bytes (2012), provides the first insider view of the complex transition from print to digital news delivery. The monograph arising from the project, entitled Journalism after newspapers, is in production.

From 1994-2008, I was at the University of Technology, Sydney. In 1998, I was promoted to Senior Lecturer (Journalism Studies), and in 2005 I was awarded a PhD for my thesis on the ambiguous place of journalism in the Australian academy.

I began researching international media practice in 1987, with an appointment as a lecturer in the School of Journalism at the Central American University in Managua, Nicaragua. This move followed a successful career in radio journalism at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, including trips to Russia, Panama, and the MonteBello Islands. In 1990, I moved to Mexico City to take up a postgraduate research degree scholarship, receiving my MA (Comm) from the Iberoamericana University (1993). In 2001, along with Heidi Norman, and at the invitation of the UTS Equity and Diversity Unit, I co-designed and co-delivered a new cross-university elective, Reconciliation Studies. In 2004, we received the UTS Team Teaching Award for creating new dialogues about race, power, subjectivity, and intercultural communication. From 2007-2010, I extended my research on the media and cultural politics as co-convenor of the ARC-CRN funded 'Listening Project'.

Research interests

  • Journalism theory
  • Professionalism
  • International media practice and cultural politics

Teaching and supervision

Consultation times: Thursdays 11.00am - 12.30pm and by appointment.

Current supervision:

Kim Powell: 'Online and laughing: How young Australians experience political news'

Research degree completions:

Birhanu Olana Dirbaba: 'Negotiating identities: The professional self-perception of Ethiopian journalists'

Rachel Rowe: 'Radio that builds new worlds - Social movement media praxis as a way of interpreting processes of social change'

Associations

  • International Communications Association
  • Journalism Education Association of Australia
  • Editorial Advisory Board – Global Media Journal (Australian Edition)

Selected grants

2011

  • Discipline Network: Journalism, Media and Communication; O'Donnell P, Dunn A, Breit R; Australian Learning and Teaching Council/Discipline Learning and Teaching Networks.

2009

  • From rivers of gold to the clickstream: Newspapers and quality journalism in the Internet Age; O'Donnell P, McKnight D, Este J, Tambiah T, Este J, McKnight D; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Linkage Projects (LP).

Selected publications & creative works

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Journals

  • O'Donnell, P. (2013). Journalism and Justice. Ethical Space: the international journal of communication ethics, 10(2/3), 25-33.
  • Dirbaba, B., O'Donnell, P. (2013). The Double Talk of Manipulative Liberalism in Ethiopia: An Example of New Strategies of Media Repression. African Communication Research, 5(3), 283-312.
  • O'Donnell, P. (2009). Journalism, change and listening practices. Continuum: Journal of Media and Cultural Studies, 23(4), 503-517.
  • O'Donnell, P., Lloyd, J., Dreher, T. (2009). Listening, pathbuilding and continuations: a research agenda for the analysis of listening. Continuum: Journal of Media and Cultural Studies, 23(4), 423-439.
  • O'Donnell, P. (2009). That's gold! Thinking about excellence in Australian journalism. Australian Journalism Review, 31(2), 47-60.
  • O'Donnell, P. (2006). Introduction: A colloquium on journalism and cultural diversity. Australian Studies in Journalism, 16(189), 193.
  • O'Donnell, P. (2006). Journalism students and intergenerational change in journalism. Australian Journalism Review, 28(1), 23-42.
  • O'Donnell, P. (2003). Answering the critics: Another look at educational initiatives to improve reporting of Indigenous and cross-cultural issues. Australian Journalism Review, 25(2), 135-149.
  • Spurgeon, C., O'Donnell, P. (2003). Mapping the Media: 'Learner-Centred' orientation to graduate employability'. Asia Pacific Media Educator, 14, 147-155.
  • O'Donnell, P., Dreher, T. (2002). Teaching students to challenge the war-as-justice rhetoric. Feminist Media Studies, 2(1), 147-149.
  • O'Donnell, P. (2002). The odd couple?: Academic research and journalism education. Australian Studies in Journalism, 10/11, 58-83.

Edited Journals

  • O'Donnell, P., Lloyd, J., Dreher, T. (2009). Listening – new ways of engaging with media and culture. Continuum 23(4). Continuum: Journal of Media and Cultural Studies, 23(4).

Conferences

  • O'Donnell, P. (2007). Journalism and Philosophy: Remembering Clem Lloyd. Australian Media Traditions 2007, Distance and Diversity: Reaching New Audiences, Bathurst, Australia: Charles Sturt University.

Original Creative Work

  • O'Donnell, P., McKnight, D., Este, J. (2012). Journalism at the Speed of Bytes: Australian Newspapers in the 21st Century. (pp. 1 - 43). Sydney, Australia: Walkley Foundation.
  • McKnight, D., O'Donnell, P. (2011). Print is at the root of good news. The Age, 18 August, online, Melbourne, Australia: John Fairfax Group.
  • McKnight, D., O'Donnell, P. (2011). Submission to the Independent Media Inquiry November 2011. The Independent Media Inquiry, November 2011, (pp. 1 - 18). Canberra, Australia: Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy.

2013

  • O'Donnell, P. (2013). Journalism and Justice. Ethical Space: the international journal of communication ethics, 10(2/3), 25-33.
  • Dirbaba, B., O'Donnell, P. (2013). The Double Talk of Manipulative Liberalism in Ethiopia: An Example of New Strategies of Media Repression. African Communication Research, 5(3), 283-312.

2012

  • O'Donnell, P., McKnight, D., Este, J. (2012). Journalism at the Speed of Bytes: Australian Newspapers in the 21st Century. (pp. 1 - 43). Sydney, Australia: Walkley Foundation.

2011

  • McKnight, D., O'Donnell, P. (2011). Print is at the root of good news. The Age, 18 August, online, Melbourne, Australia: John Fairfax Group.
  • McKnight, D., O'Donnell, P. (2011). Submission to the Independent Media Inquiry November 2011. The Independent Media Inquiry, November 2011, (pp. 1 - 18). Canberra, Australia: Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy.

2009

  • O'Donnell, P. (2009). Journalism, change and listening practices. Continuum: Journal of Media and Cultural Studies, 23(4), 503-517.
  • O'Donnell, P., Lloyd, J., Dreher, T. (2009). Listening – new ways of engaging with media and culture. Continuum 23(4). Continuum: Journal of Media and Cultural Studies, 23(4).
  • O'Donnell, P., Lloyd, J., Dreher, T. (2009). Listening, pathbuilding and continuations: a research agenda for the analysis of listening. Continuum: Journal of Media and Cultural Studies, 23(4), 423-439.
  • O'Donnell, P. (2009). That's gold! Thinking about excellence in Australian journalism. Australian Journalism Review, 31(2), 47-60.

2007

  • O'Donnell, P. (2007). Journalism and Philosophy: Remembering Clem Lloyd. Australian Media Traditions 2007, Distance and Diversity: Reaching New Audiences, Bathurst, Australia: Charles Sturt University.

2006

  • O'Donnell, P. (2006). Introduction: A colloquium on journalism and cultural diversity. Australian Studies in Journalism, 16(189), 193.
  • O'Donnell, P. (2006). Journalism students and intergenerational change in journalism. Australian Journalism Review, 28(1), 23-42.

2003

  • O'Donnell, P. (2003). Answering the critics: Another look at educational initiatives to improve reporting of Indigenous and cross-cultural issues. Australian Journalism Review, 25(2), 135-149.
  • Spurgeon, C., O'Donnell, P. (2003). Mapping the Media: 'Learner-Centred' orientation to graduate employability'. Asia Pacific Media Educator, 14, 147-155.

2002

  • O'Donnell, P., Dreher, T. (2002). Teaching students to challenge the war-as-justice rhetoric. Feminist Media Studies, 2(1), 147-149.
  • O'Donnell, P. (2002). The odd couple?: Academic research and journalism education. Australian Studies in Journalism, 10/11, 58-83.

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