The battlefield is the media: War reporting and the formation of national identity in Australia-from Belmont to Baghdad

Bromley, Michael (2004). The battlefield is the media: War reporting and the formation of national identity in Australia-from Belmont to Baghdad. In Stuart Allan and Barbie Zelizer (Ed.), Reporting War: Journalism in Wartime (pp. 224-243) Abingdon, Oxen, U.K.: Routledge.

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Author Bromley, Michael
Title of chapter The battlefield is the media: War reporting and the formation of national identity in Australia-from Belmont to Baghdad
Formatted title
The battlefield is the media: War reporting and the formation of national identity in Australia—from Belmont to Baghdad
Title of book Reporting War: Journalism in Wartime
Place of Publication Abingdon, Oxen, U.K.
Publisher Routledge
Publication Year 2004
Sub-type Research book chapter (original research)
ISBN 9780415339988
0415339987
Editor Stuart Allan
Barbie Zelizer
Chapter number 12
Start page 224
End page 243
Total pages 20
Total chapters 19
Language eng
Subjects 400100 Journalism, Communication and Media
Formatted Abstract/Summary
Australians (originating in white, European colonization and settlement) fashioned a sense of national identity through participation in war around the foundation of the State at the beginning of the twentieth century. Reporting and recollecting war were crucial to this project. The deployment of military personnel in 2003, therefore, had enormous potential symbolic significance, and the main mechanism for realizing this potential was the way in which Australia's journalists recorded events for the public at home. This juxtaposition of combat and the reporting of combat helped unravel the conundrum of Australia's minimum military contribution to the "coalition," and how that was massaged into a major international intervention.
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