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Honorary Associate, Media and Communication, La Trobe University., La Trobe University

Mary Debrett has a professional background in television and video production having worked in broadcasting and the independent sector as a researcher and documentary-maker. Mary’s academic research interests include the media and the public sphere, documentary theory, broadcasting policy, public service broadcasting in the digital era and media coverage of climate change. Her monograph, Reinventing Public Service Television for the Digital Future, was published in July 2010.


  • –present
    Senior Lecturer in the Strategic Communications program, La Trobe University


  • 2007 
    La Trobe University, PhD Media Studies


  • 2011
    Reporting on Climate Change: An Australian Perspective, The International Journal of Science in Society, Volume 2, Issue 2, pp.149-160
  • 2011
    Post Network, Post Broadcast: Television’s Third Age, New Media & Society, February 2011; vol. 13, 1: pp. 169-175.
  • 2010
    Reinventing Public Service Television for the Digital Future, Intellect, Bristol.
  • 2009
    Leveraging trust: The politics of accountability and risk taking at the ABC. , Proceedings of ANZCA 2009, ed Terry Flew, QUT, Brisbane.
  • 2009
    Riding the Wave: public service broadcasting in the multiplatform era, Media Culture & Society 31 (5) 807-827.
  • 2008
    Reinventing public service television: From Broadcasters to Media Content Companies., Proceedings of ANZCA 2007, ed John Tebbutt, University of Melbourne
  • 2007
    Professionalising Documentary Production: Third Way cultural policy conundrums in Australasia, International Journal of the Arts in Society, 1(3) 93-99
  • 2006
    Representing Cultural Diversity or Serving Local Industry? , International Journal of Diversity in Organisations, Communities and Nations, 5 (3): 94-101.
  • 2005
    Extreme Makeover: The recurring motif of New Zealand broadcasting policy, Media International Australia incorporating culture and policy. No. 117 (November).
  • 2004
    Branding documentary: New Zealand's minimalist solution to cultural subsidy, Media Culture & Society 26 (1) 5-23.
  • 2003
    Reclaiming the personal as political: Three documentaries on East Timor, Metro Magazine 138:76-82.

Research Areas

  • Media Studies (200104)
  • Communication Studies (200101)
  • Film, Television And Digital Media (1902)
  • Journalism Studies (190301)