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The Importance Of Jeff – A Media Study

by Sarah Pinto

Introduction

This is a comparative study of the media exposure and treatment of the Victorian Premier, Jeff Kennett, to that of the Opposition Leader, John Brumby. It involves comparing the television and print media coverage and evaluating the probable impact on Australia’s democracy and implications for the media’s role as the public sphere. Within Australia’s democracy, the media, in theory, perform the vital role of creating a public sphere, traditionally a public forum open to all for debate of issues. This theatre of informed debate is somewhat at odds with the idea that the primary concern of those operating media outlets is profit and advertising. [Read more…]