Dr Jonathon Hutchinson

BComm (Hons) RMIT University, PhD ARC Center of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation, QUT
Lecturer in Online Media
Internet Researcher

Member of the Charles Perkins Centre

A20 - John Woolley Building
The University of Sydney

Telephone 9351 2821

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Biographical details

Dr Jonathon Hutchinson is a lecturer in Online Communication and Media at the University of Sydney. He is currently a Visiting Research Fellow on the Algorithmed Public Sphere project at the Hans Bredow Institute, Hamburg Germany. His research explores Public Service Media, cultural intermediation, everyday social media, automated media, and algorithms in media. He is the NSW Representative on the Executive Committee for the Australian and New Zealand Communication Association (ANZCA), the Secretary for the International Public Service Media Association, RIPE, and is the current Program Chair for the Association of Internet Research (AoIR). Hutchinson is an award-winning author and his latest book is Cultural Intermediaries: Audience Participation and Media Organisations (2017), published through Palgrave Macmillan.
He tweets from @dhutchman

Research interests

  • Social media
  • Media industries
  • Public Service Media (PSM)
  • Cultural intermediation
  • Algorithms and automation in media
  • Convergence
  • Internet governance
  • Digital ethnography
  • Social media network analysis

Teaching and supervision

Teaching:

  • MECO1004 Introduction to Media Production
  • MECO3602 Online Media
  • MECO6936 Social Media Communication
  • OLES2106/2107 Designing Social Media for Influence

Consultation Times:
Tuesday 1-3pm

Current research students

Project title Research student
Our Boy: Making Australian Men Rachael BOLTON
The Modern Exposure Economy: A study of Digital Influencer practices in an emerging social media ecology. Brittany FERDINANDS
The Political Economy of Individual Live-streaming?Exploring Broadcasting and Interactivity in Live-Streaming Platforms of China Yuanbo QIU

Current projects

  • Algorithmed Public Sphere - The postdoctoral research network Algorithmed Public Spheres at the Hans-Bredow-Institut for Media Research at the University of Hamburg sets out to study the relevance of algorithms for the constitution of the public sphere. We emphasize in particular the importance of algorithms for filtering, ranking and selecting media content and for structuring digital communication, in contrast to the use of predictive data analytics in areas such as healthcare, credit scoring and general business analytics, where such tech techniques have a long tradition. How are media and communication in particular impacted by transferring the dominant logics of consumption from other industries to news, information and public discourse?
  • Digital Intermediation: A Study of Automated Media Influencers - This project examines the content production process of automated media systems that engage digital influencers, or leading social media users, who interact with extraordinarily large and commercially oriented audiences. The evidence base will assist in developing theory on contemporary digital media and society, which will consequently shape how communities access public information. Instead of harnessing this knowledge for commercial imperatives, this research project will examine the findings in the context of socially aware digital influencers who occupy similar roles to those found in traditional media organisations. Further, this project will examine how algorithms are making decisions for media consumers based on commercial executions, which are often void of the social awareness associated with public affairs and issues.
  • Media Pluralism and Online News - The project charts dramatic developments in the way news is produced and consumed online and to account for this in public policy designed to promote media pluralism. It expects to advance knowledge by testing European approaches regarded in the literature as ‘world’s best’ against a series of innovative news practices, including through a big data approach to collecting media content. Expected outcomes include a shift in public policy reliance on ownership and control to a more nuanced understanding of diversity based on the role of news and comment. Significant social and economic benefits could result from more targeted regulatory interventions and from greater access to news content and wider engagement with public affairs.
  • Socio-Tech Futures Lab (STuF Lab) - Examines the ways in which social, cultural and political dynamics influence the integration of technologies into everyday life, and how these forces are shaping and designing our futures.
  • Sydney Cyber Security Network - The Sydney Cyber Security Network (SCSN) is a multidisciplinary team of researchers investigating the technology, law, governance and science of cyber security. Our founding members are resident experts in media, sociology, criminology, engineering, law, information technologies and international relations at the University of Sydney. The advancement in research, innovation and training in cyber security depends on sharing knowledge and practice across the fields of Defence, Law, Science & Tech and Governance.

Associations

  • International Association of Media and Communication Research (IAMCR)
  • Association of Internet Research (AoIR)
  • Australian and New Zealand Communication Association (ANZCA)
  • International Association of Public Media Research (IAPMR)

Awards and honours

  • Grant Noble Prize for Best Postgraduate Student Paper, ANZCA, Perth, July, 2013
  • QUT Creative Industries Faculty Award to attend the Oxford Internet Institute (OII) Summer Doctoral Program (Highest ranked HDR student), 2012
  • Australian Academy of the Humanities Award for the Digital Humanities Australasia Conference, 2012
  • Wikimedia Deutschland Scholarship to attend the Wikipedia Academy, Freie Universität, Berlin, 2012
  • Vice Chancellor’s List Award RMIT, 2010

In the media

Jonathan is often called on for comment regarding digital and social media, and is a contributor for The Conversation. A full list of opinion pieces and interviews can be found here.

PhD and master's project opportunities

Selected grants

2019

  • ABC Innovation Research Project Unit; Martin F, Hutchinson J; DVC Education/Small Educational Innovation Grant.
  • Media and Communications Exchange with NUS and Utoronto; Hutchinson J, Dwyer T; DVC Education/Small Educational Innovation Grant.

2018

  • Media Pluralism and Online News; Dwyer T, Wilding D, Bebawi S, Hutchinson J, Karppinen K; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Discovery Projects (DP).

2017

  • Policy Scenarios for the Future(s) of Australian Cyber Security; Smith F, Sinpeng A, Atkinson S, Holz R, Hutchinson J; DVC Research/Sydney Policy Lab.

2016

  • Developing and Evaluating an OLE in the Design of Social Media Communication Campaigns (Open Learning Environment - Undergraduate); Hutchinson J, Atkinson S; DVC Education/Large Educational Innovation Grant.

2015

  • Social Media and Digital Citizenship; Vromen A, Martin F, Goggin G, Hutchinson J, Sinpeng A; Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences/SSSHARC Collaborative Projects Support Scheme.
  • Everyday Social Media Network; Goggin G, Vromen A, Martin F, Bednarek M, Bollmer G, Brevini B, Calvo R, Chen P, Chesher C, Driscoll C, Dwyer T, Elliot A, Hutchinson J, Mann A, Martin G, Michael M, Navarria G, Race K, Rolph D, Tormey S, Weatherall K; Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences/FASS Collaborative Research Scheme.

Selected publications & creative works

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Books

  • Hutchinson, J. (2017). Cultural Intermediaries: Audience Participation in Media Organisations. Cham: Palgrave Macmillan. [More Information]

Book Chapters

  • Hutchinson, J., Sorensen, J. (2018). Algorithms and Public Service Media. In Gregory Ferrell Lowe, Hilde Van den Bulck, Karen Donders (Eds.), Public Service Media in the Networked Society: RIPE@2017, (pp. 91-106). Gothenburg: Nordicom. [More Information]
  • Martin, F., Hutchinson, J. (2018). Deep Data: Analyzing Power and Influence in Social Media Networks. In Jeremy Hunsinger, Lisbeth Klastrup and Matthew M. Allen (Eds.), Second International Handbook of Internet Research, (pp. 1-21). Dordrecht: Springer. [More Information]
  • Hutchinson, J., Martin, F., Sinpeng, A. (2017). Chasing ISIS: Network Power, Distributed Ethics and Responsible Social Media Research. In M. Zimmer and K. Kinder-Kurlanda (Eds.), Internet Research Ethics for the Social Age: New Challenges, Cases, and Contexts, (pp. 57-71). New York: Peter Lang Publishing. [More Information]
  • Hutchinson, J. (2017). Intermediaries exercising influence through algorithms within public service media. In Michal Glowacki, Alicja Jaskiernia (Eds.), Public Service Media Renewal: Adaptation to Digital Network Challenges, (pp. 117-134). Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang Publishing.
  • Hutchinson, J. (2014). Extending the Public Service Remit through ABC Pool. In Gregory Ferrell Lowe, Fiona Martin (Eds.), The Value of Public Service Media, (pp. 223-243). Gothenburg: Nordicom.

Journals

  • Hutchinson, J., Goggin, G. (2018). Beyond access, towards engagement: social media's paradox. Media International Australia, 168(1), 16-18. [More Information]
  • Dwyer, T., Shim, Y., Lee, H., Hutchinson, J. (2018). Comparing Digital Media Industries in South Korea and Australia: The Case of Netflix Take-Up. International Journal of Communication, 12, 4553-4572. [More Information]
  • Hutchinson, J. (2016). An introduction to digital media research methods: how to research and the implications of new media data. Communication Research and Practice, 2(1), 1-6. [More Information]
  • Hutchinson, J. (2016). Moving Convergence Culture towards Cultural Intermediation: Social Media and Cultural Inclusion. Continuum, 30(2), 158-170. [More Information]
  • Hutchinson, J. (2016). The Future of Digital Archive Collections: Augmenting Public Service Media Geo-Locative Archives. Mobile Media & Communication, 4(1), 37-51. [More Information]
  • Hutchinson, J. (2015). From fringe to formalisation: An experiment in fostering interactive public service media. Media International Australia, 155, 5-15. [More Information]
  • Hutchinson, J. (2015). Public Service Media and Social TV: Bridging or Expanding Gaps in Participation? Media International Australia, 154, 89-100. [More Information]
  • 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.
  • Hutchinson, J. (2015). The Impact of Social TV and Audience Participation on National Cultural Policy: Co-creating Television Comedy with #7DaysLater. Communication, Politics and Culture, 47(3), 21-33.
  • Hutchinson, J. (2014). I Can Haz Likes: Cultural Intermediation to Facilitate "Petworking". M/C Journal, 17(2), 1-6.
  • Hutchinson, J. (2013). Communication Models of Institutional Online Communities: The Role of the ABC Cultural Intermediary. Platform: Journal of Media and Communication, 5(1), 75-85.
  • Hutchinson, J. (2013). The Cultural Impact of Institutional Remix: The Formalisation of Textual Reappropriation Within the ABC. M/C Journal, 16(4), 1-3.
  • Hutchinson, J. (2012). The Ethnographer as Community Manager: Language Translation and User Negotiation. Media International Australia, 145, 112-122.
  • Hutchinson, J. (2010). Public Service Broadcasting, Creative Industries and Innovation Infrastructure: The Case of 'ABC's Pool'. Australian Journal of Communication, 37(3), 15-32.

Conferences

  • Goggin, G., Dwyer, T., Martin, F., Hutchinson, J. (2013). Mobile Internet's 'Creative Destruction': Implications for Global Mobile Policy, International Association for Communication Researchers. Crises, 'Creative Destruction' and the Global Power and Communication Orders, Dublin City University: International Association for Media and Communication Research.

Research Reports

  • Hutchinson, J. (2014). Technology Types: Defining six characteristics Synonymous with technological devices, (pp. 7 - 25). Sydney, Australia: Digital Dialect Consultancy.

2018

  • Hutchinson, J., Sorensen, J. (2018). Algorithms and Public Service Media. In Gregory Ferrell Lowe, Hilde Van den Bulck, Karen Donders (Eds.), Public Service Media in the Networked Society: RIPE@2017, (pp. 91-106). Gothenburg: Nordicom. [More Information]
  • Hutchinson, J., Goggin, G. (2018). Beyond access, towards engagement: social media's paradox. Media International Australia, 168(1), 16-18. [More Information]
  • Dwyer, T., Shim, Y., Lee, H., Hutchinson, J. (2018). Comparing Digital Media Industries in South Korea and Australia: The Case of Netflix Take-Up. International Journal of Communication, 12, 4553-4572. [More Information]
  • Martin, F., Hutchinson, J. (2018). Deep Data: Analyzing Power and Influence in Social Media Networks. In Jeremy Hunsinger, Lisbeth Klastrup and Matthew M. Allen (Eds.), Second International Handbook of Internet Research, (pp. 1-21). Dordrecht: Springer. [More Information]

2017

  • Hutchinson, J., Martin, F., Sinpeng, A. (2017). Chasing ISIS: Network Power, Distributed Ethics and Responsible Social Media Research. In M. Zimmer and K. Kinder-Kurlanda (Eds.), Internet Research Ethics for the Social Age: New Challenges, Cases, and Contexts, (pp. 57-71). New York: Peter Lang Publishing. [More Information]
  • Hutchinson, J. (2017). Cultural Intermediaries: Audience Participation in Media Organisations. Cham: Palgrave Macmillan. [More Information]
  • Hutchinson, J. (2017). Intermediaries exercising influence through algorithms within public service media. In Michal Glowacki, Alicja Jaskiernia (Eds.), Public Service Media Renewal: Adaptation to Digital Network Challenges, (pp. 117-134). Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang Publishing.

2016

  • Hutchinson, J. (2016). An introduction to digital media research methods: how to research and the implications of new media data. Communication Research and Practice, 2(1), 1-6. [More Information]
  • Hutchinson, J. (2016). Moving Convergence Culture towards Cultural Intermediation: Social Media and Cultural Inclusion. Continuum, 30(2), 158-170. [More Information]
  • Hutchinson, J. (2016). The Future of Digital Archive Collections: Augmenting Public Service Media Geo-Locative Archives. Mobile Media & Communication, 4(1), 37-51. [More Information]

2015

  • Hutchinson, J. (2015). From fringe to formalisation: An experiment in fostering interactive public service media. Media International Australia, 155, 5-15. [More Information]
  • Hutchinson, J. (2015). Public Service Media and Social TV: Bridging or Expanding Gaps in Participation? Media International Australia, 154, 89-100. [More Information]
  • 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.
  • Hutchinson, J. (2015). The Impact of Social TV and Audience Participation on National Cultural Policy: Co-creating Television Comedy with #7DaysLater. Communication, Politics and Culture, 47(3), 21-33.

2014

  • Hutchinson, J. (2014). Extending the Public Service Remit through ABC Pool. In Gregory Ferrell Lowe, Fiona Martin (Eds.), The Value of Public Service Media, (pp. 223-243). Gothenburg: Nordicom.
  • Hutchinson, J. (2014). I Can Haz Likes: Cultural Intermediation to Facilitate "Petworking". M/C Journal, 17(2), 1-6.
  • Hutchinson, J. (2014). Technology Types: Defining six characteristics Synonymous with technological devices, (pp. 7 - 25). Sydney, Australia: Digital Dialect Consultancy.

2013

  • Hutchinson, J. (2013). Communication Models of Institutional Online Communities: The Role of the ABC Cultural Intermediary. Platform: Journal of Media and Communication, 5(1), 75-85.
  • Goggin, G., Dwyer, T., Martin, F., Hutchinson, J. (2013). Mobile Internet's 'Creative Destruction': Implications for Global Mobile Policy, International Association for Communication Researchers. Crises, 'Creative Destruction' and the Global Power and Communication Orders, Dublin City University: International Association for Media and Communication Research.
  • Hutchinson, J. (2013). The Cultural Impact of Institutional Remix: The Formalisation of Textual Reappropriation Within the ABC. M/C Journal, 16(4), 1-3.

2012

  • Hutchinson, J. (2012). The Ethnographer as Community Manager: Language Translation and User Negotiation. Media International Australia, 145, 112-122.

2010

  • Hutchinson, J. (2010). Public Service Broadcasting, Creative Industries and Innovation Infrastructure: The Case of 'ABC's Pool'. Australian Journal of Communication, 37(3), 15-32.

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