FRIDAY SEMINAR SERIES | Framing the Future: A Tasmanian Case Study

Summary

FRIDAY SEMINAR SERIES

Start Date

30th Sep 2016 1:00pm

End Date

30th Sep 2016 2:00pm


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An Institute for the Study of Social Change and School of Social Sciences seminar

presented by

William Dodd, University of Tasmania

Journalism plays a vital role in disseminating propositions and ideas for the future. Without a range of options in the public sphere society cannot make informed decisions about the future. As such, this category of reporting, which is termed 'solutions journalism' or 'future-focused journalism', is vital for democratic decision making. It is also an important source of public optimism - counteracting disaster, crime and corruption reporting that pervades news bulletins.

However, some consider future-focused journalism to be limited and distorted by powerful interests - restricting the range of options and sources of propositions. In response to this critique, and the apparent gap in the academic literature, my study seeks to shed light on some of these lingering doubts. Focusing on a 2014 sample of Tasmanian solutions journalism, I examine whose voices were most prominent and how this reporting was framed. I pursue an innovated framing methodology, combining a cognitive linguistic approach, centered on metaphoric and idiomatic language, with an analysis of symbolic capital. I discover links between metaphorical reasoning and a class-based evaluation of leadership in proposing and discussing Tasmania's future.

Bill Dodd is a third year PhD candidate in Journalism, Media and Communications in the School of Social Sciences, University of Tasmania.

W H E N
Friday 30 September 2016, 1.00pm to 1.50pm

W H E R E
Room 346, Humanities Building, Sandy Bay Campus

C O N T A C T
Contact Dr Louise Grimmer for more information or directions to the venue.

This is a free seminar and open to all members of the public as well as University staff and students. There is no need to RSVP. We look forward to seeing you!

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