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Penny O'Donnell

Senior Lecturer in International Media and Journalism at University of Sydney

I began researching international media practice in 1987, with an appointment as a lecturer in the School of Journalism at the Central American University in Managua, Nicaragua. This move followed a successful career in radio journalism at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, including trips to Russia, Panama, and the MonteBello Islands.

In 1990, I moved to Mexico City to take up a postgraduate research degree scholarship, receiving my MA (Comm) from the Iberoamericana University (1993). In 2001, along with Heidi Norman, and at the invitation of the UTS Equity and Diversity Unit, I co-designed and co-delivered a new cross-university elective, Reconciliation Studies.

In 2004, we received the UTS Team Teaching Award for creating new dialogues about race, power, subjectivity, and intercultural communication. From 2007-2010, I extended my research on the media and cultural politics as co-convenor of the ARC-CRN funded 'Listening Project'.

In 2008, I joined the University of Sydney?s Department of Media and Communications as Senior Lecturer in International Media and Journalism. In 2009, I was the lead Chief Investigator on a successful ARC Linkage Grant (LP0990734) for research on the future of Australian newspapers, undertaken in partnership with Associate Professor David McKnight (UNSW) and Mr Jonathan Este (Walkley Foundation).

The resulting industry report, Journalism at the Speed of Bytes (2012), provides the first insider view of the complex transition from print to digital news delivery. The monograph arising from the project, entitled Journalism after newspapers, is in production.