About Us

The Media@Sydney podcast blog showcases the University of Sydney’s high-profile Media@Sydney program of research seminars and workshops hosted by the Department of Media and Communications (MECO) since 2007.

This blog has been designed and developed by the 2016-2017 Media@Sydney Convenor Dr Penny O’Donnell and podcaster and webpublisher Ms Eugenia Lee, with Go Daddy know-how from Dr Jonathon Hutchinson, IT technical support from the Digital Media Unit’s Phil Glen and Marc Fernando, and lots of help with the audiovisuals from the DMU’s Maria Barbagallo and Shelagh Stanton. Professor Gerard Goggin inspired us to periscope and podcast.

MECO provides a vibrant, globally engaged research environment. Communication and Media Studies at the University of Sydney was ranked as above world standard in the 2012 and 2015 Excellence in Research Assessments for Australia (ERA). The Department is home to major national, regional and international collaborative research projects, with a focus on digital media and digital cultures scholarship.

We have a deep investment in digital media transformations research, including the social, cultural, and political implications of internet, mobile and games media. Extensive industry engagement underpins our journalism studies investigations into work futures, media professions and new forms of international, literary, magazine and participatory journalisms. Our work on political communication, media activism and social movements addresses public interest concerns about media control and surveillance, media reform, food security and nutrition.  Our expertise in media political economy and policy guides a strong reform agenda on disability and media studies, public service media, media convergence and diversity measures. We also have emerging research programs. Our work on communications, political ecology and the environment brings fresh thinking to the climate change debate, as well as to understanding the media’s place in ecological systems and resource management.  In health communication we are critically engaging with issues in health humanities, food systems and public health promotion.

More information about our research projects and achievements can be found on the MECO Research page: http://sydney.edu.au/arts/media_communications/research/index.shtml