In 2016, All Together Now commenced work to gain a better understanding of race-related reporting in the Australian media. Our background research indicated that the ways in which race is portrayed in the media must be taken seriously. The media is often the only interaction audiences have with people from other cultures, nationalities or ethnicities. With this in mind, the media plays a crucial role in forming and shaping public perceptions of race. These perceptions then affect how the public interacts with people from different racial backgrounds.
The project came about through collaboration with the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) which highlighted the need for such work. We worked with the UTS to create a media monitoring framework for collecting data about race-related media pieces. We continue to work with UTS to refine the framework as needed.
We use a three-pronged approach that consists of media monitoring, analysing the online response to race-related media pieces, and community-lead solutions to reduce the negative impacts on affected communities.
|The Age||60 Minutes (Nine)|
|The Australian||7:30 (ABC)|
|The Courier Mail||A Current Affair (Nine)|
|The Daily Telegraph||The Feed (SBS)|
|Herald Sun||The Project (Ten)|
|The Sydney Morning Herald||Sunday Night (Seven)|
|Today Tonight (Seven)|
What our framework does
We assess the content and context of a media piece. We use definitions to see if a media piece portrays race inclusively, neutrally or negatively. The definitions are based on wording from the Racial Discrimination Act and the UNESCO Declaration on Race and Racial Prejudice, and our previous research.
2019 Report – To be published