||This research foregrounds the role of technologies of communication and the networks and media forms they enable in social formation and historical change. The focus is on global developments in communication between 1800 and 1920 and the ways these impacted on the press in Australia and, more generally, on Australian society. It explores the 'international news business' as it developed in Australia, including matters such as ownership,control, business rivalries, and government interventions. It investigates the role of international news agencies, particularly Reuters, in the Australian context.
This research foregrounds the role of technologies of communication and the networks and media forms they enable in social formation and historical change and spans the period 1800-1920. The program has four related strands, two of which foreground the Australian context, while the other two analyse the development and significance of international news networks.:
1. Overseas news in the press in Australia and its conditions of production.
2. Overseas news and the apprehension of world events in Australia.
3. International circuits of news: Systems and institutions.
4.The global reach of media representations: Historical case studies.