Out and About

ABC News Breakfast ‘Research Report’ 

The ABC News Breakfast Research Report informs viewers about breakthroughs from across the Australian tertiary sector.

This featured segment was recorded as bushfires were raging across Victoria’s Gippsland region, and analysed a British study linking poor air quality to the increased risk of heart attacks. Also discussed was a local study analysing how alcohol companies target their advertising at children and a separate study detailing the lack of clarity around mining companies’ claims to have a “social licence”.


Guest lecture, University of Melbourne.

The Melbourne School of Government invited me to deliver a guest lecture to Masters students on the topic of ‘Policy, Political Communication and the Media’. I spoke on a broad range of topics, including;

What is spin? Why does it exist?  Understanding ‘message clarity’ and the ‘gotchya’ culture.  How does spin affect the work of journalists? What is the role (and what should be the role) of journalists in public policy debates? Etc etc…

Click on this image  to download the lecture or use the links below to access video clips played during the presentation:

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September 8th, 2013 
Post election analysis, ABC Weekend Breakfast

I helped ABC Weekend Breakfast analyse the federal election result, in my capacity as a Election Watch Commissioning Editor. Here is the iSentia report of the discussion:

ABC News – 07:00 (Sunday) – 8/09/2013 7:35 AM
Interview with Ryan Sheales, editor of the University of Melbourne’s Election Watch website. We discussed the Palmer United Party’s surprise result, the crucial role advertising plays in in elections election campaigns, the role of
social media and ventures including The Guardian, No Fibs, and the ABC’s Vote Compass.
November 23rd, 2012 
ABC News Breakfast ‘Research Report’

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A new segment presenting a handful of research stories from across Australia (and beyond) that perhaps didn’t get the mainstream media coverage they deserved.

This month’s segment looked at:

Deadly sea snake has a doppelganger (University of Queensland)
Capturing carbon with clever trapdoors (University of Melbourne)
Dogs learn objects differently than humans do (University of Lincoln, UK)

November 23rd, 2012
‘The Random Panel’ on Evenings with Lindy Burns, ABC 774 Melbourne.  
A group discussion about male nudity. That’s right, nudity. It was all prompted by a prominent Vienna museum which decided to cover the “intimate parts” of three naked male subjects after an outcry.

In a related topics, we also discussed the 2000 John Biggins film How Far Can You Wear Your Underpants From The Beach? You can watch it on YouTube below.

Here is my mother’s joking review of the discussion.

My co-hosts were film publicists Kelly Fogarty and artist Marcus Westbury.

November 2012
Papers segment on ABC News Breakfast TV.
Joined hosts Joe O’Brien and Karina Carvalho live in the studio to dissect the day’s newspapers for a national audience.

The stories discussed included:

Labor split on nuclear submarines
The Australian Financial Review
‘Grog’ hits indigenous babies
The Age, Sydney Morning Herald
Investigate church abuse, Julia Gillard told
The Australian
PURE HELL: Church play vilifies gays, abortion
NT News

May 2012
‘The Random Panel’ on Evenings with Lindy Burns, ABC 774 Melbourne.
This segment was sold to me as “kind of like Jon Faine’s Conversation Hour, but with unrelated guests and no central theme”.

My fellow co-hosts included former Test cricketer and Geelong Grammar headmaster Paul Sheehan and Museum Victoria astronomer Dr Tanya Hill.

We discussed things as diverse as the Transit of Venus and ‘should you read the book or watcht he movie first?’ It was pretty hard hitting.

May 2012
Presentation to the Australasian Study of Parliament Group.
I was asked to speak at the ASPG’s May 2012 seminar on social media and detail the “modern journalists experience”‘ and also offer my thoughts on how MPs and the Victorian Parliament might best adapt to this new media frontier.

My presentation focussed largely on Twitter, which I described as the “the coursing veins” of social media.

The ASPG is a politically non-partisan body that encourages research and discussion about parliamentary institutions.

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