War and Words

The Australian Press and the Vietnam War

Trish Payne
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War and Words

The Australian Press and the Vietnam War

Trish Payne
Australia's involvement in the Vietnam War threw up moral dilemmas that divided the nation. The changing ways that Australian newspapers covered the conflict both reflected these dilemmas and enflamed them.
Trisha Payne's insightful analysis of Australian reporting of the Vietnam War traces the shifts in emphasis of the coverage, the influence of government on what news reached the public, the extent of allegiance to the American viewpoint and the lack of a Vietnamese perspective.
War and Words presents clearly the influences that shaped the media agenda of the time and identifies patterns of press coverage that continue to be discernable in the reporting of current military conflicts.
Australia's involvement in the Vietnam War threw up moral dilemmas that divided the nation. The changing ways that Australian newspapers covered the conflict both reflected these dilemmas and enflamed them.
Trisha Payne's insightful analysis of Australian reporting of the Vietnam War traces the shifts in emphasis of the coverage, the influence of government on what news reached the public, the extent of allegiance to the American viewpoint and the lack of a Vietnamese perspective.
War and Words presents clearly the influences that shaped the media agenda of the time and identifies patterns of press coverage that continue to be discernable in the reporting of current military conflicts.

Trish Payne

Dr Trish Payne is a lecturer in Political and International Political Communication at the University of Canberra. She is especially interested in communication to, from and within Parliament House Canberra, the Canberra Press Gallery and foreign and war reporting. She has published widely in these areas of interest, including, as Australian Parliamentary Fellow for 1997, The Canberra Press Gallery and the Backbench of the 38th Parliament 1996-98.

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