Date of this Version

May 2006

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Details

Power, Mary R. (2006) Nexus of social impact: news to research to news. Australian Journal of Communication, v.32, no.2,3, pp. 63-73.

Reproduced with the kind permission of Australian Journal of Communication.
©The School of English, Media Studies, & Art History, The University of Queensland, 2006. All rights reserved.

2006 HERDC submission


Dissemination of research findings to the public involves interaction between journalists and academics. This paper follows the origins and life of one academic paper and its impact in the media, showing how journalists and academics feed one another in social impact research. Ideas current among mass audiences are analysed by academics and, in turn, ideas developed for academic audiences are repackaged for a mass audience. This paper traces how an article on deaf people’s use of SMS, published in the Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education, was communicated to wider audiences in over 25 radio interviews, newspaper articles, and web publications. Interviews with journalists explore the possibilities in symbiotic relationships between journalists and academics.



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