Media and the University: The Henry Mayer Legacy

University of Queensland, Media and Cultural Studies Centre
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Media International Australia, 2007, 124 pp. 13 - 22
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Media power grows apace in our society. Many Australian cities are one-newspaper sites and restrictions on cross-media ownership are being lifted. On the other hand, new digital media outlets are also spreading. Is the space for democratic conversation about public policy narrowing or widening? In this context, with financial pressures on university budgets increasing, many university presidents are complaining of threats to universities` independence as a communities of scholars. This lecture will posit that the media and the university are heading in different directions but, as the legacy of the great Jewish intellectual Henry Mayer would show, this need not be so.
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