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

Dr Penny O'Donnell joined the University of Sydney's Department of Media and Communications in 2008 as Senior Lecturer in International Media and Journalism. Penny’s current research investigates employment trends and job loss in journalism around the world. She is a Chief Investigator on the New Beats Project (www.newbeatsblog.com), a five-year collaborative industry-university study of the aftermath of job loss in journalism, funded by an Australian Research Council Linkage Project LP140100341 (2014-2016), and Discovery Project DP150102675 (2015-2017). Recent publications can be found in Journalism, Journalism Practice, Ethical Space: The International Journal of Communication Ethics, Australian Journalism Review, and African Communication Research.

Research interests

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

Teaching and supervision

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

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)

PhD and master's project opportunities

Selected grants

2014

  • New Beats: mass redundancies, career changes and the future of Australian journalism; Zion L, Marjoribanks T, Ricketson M, O'Donnell P, Dodd A, Rayner M, Bradley K, Dobbie M; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Linkage Projects (LP).

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

  • Hanusch, F., Clifford, K., Davies, K., English, P., Fulton, J., Lindgren, M., O'Donnell, P., Price, J., Richards, I., Zion, L. (2015). Australian Journalism Students' Professional Views and News Consumption: A Representative Study. Australian Journalism Review, 37(1), 5-20.
  • O'Donnell, P., Hutchinson, J. (2015). Pushback Journalism: Twitter, User Engagement and Journalism Students' Responses to The Australian. Australian Journalism Review, 37(1), 105-120.
  • Dirbaba, B., O'Donnell, P. (2015). Silent Censor: The Influence of Authoritarian Family Socialisation on Professional Journalism in Ethiopia. Journalism. [More Information]
  • O'Donnell, P., Zion, L., Sherwood, M. (2015). Where do Journalists go after Newsroom Job Cuts? Journalism Practice. [More Information]
  • 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. [More Information]
  • 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. [More Information]
  • 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.

Textual Creative Works

  • McKnight, D., O'Donnell, P. (2011). Print is at the root of good news. The Age, 18 August, online, Melbourne, Australia: John Fairfax Group.

Other Works

  • McKnight, D., O'Donnell, P. (2011). Submission to the Independent Media Inquiry November 2011, Canberra, Australia: Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy.

Research Reports

  • O'Donnell, P., McKnight, D., Este, J. (2012). Journalism at the Speed of Bytes: Australian Newspapers in the 21st Century, (pp. 4 - 43). Sydney, Australia: Walkley Foundation.

2015

  • Hanusch, F., Clifford, K., Davies, K., English, P., Fulton, J., Lindgren, M., O'Donnell, P., Price, J., Richards, I., Zion, L. (2015). Australian Journalism Students' Professional Views and News Consumption: A Representative Study. Australian Journalism Review, 37(1), 5-20.
  • O'Donnell, P., Hutchinson, J. (2015). Pushback Journalism: Twitter, User Engagement and Journalism Students' Responses to The Australian. Australian Journalism Review, 37(1), 105-120.
  • Dirbaba, B., O'Donnell, P. (2015). Silent Censor: The Influence of Authoritarian Family Socialisation on Professional Journalism in Ethiopia. Journalism. [More Information]
  • O'Donnell, P., Zion, L., Sherwood, M. (2015). Where do Journalists go after Newsroom Job Cuts? Journalism Practice. [More Information]

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. 4 - 43). Sydney, Australia: Walkley Foundation.

2011

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

2009

  • O'Donnell, P. (2009). Journalism, change and listening practices. Continuum: Journal of Media and Cultural Studies, 23(4), 503-517. [More Information]
  • 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. [More Information]
  • 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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