Keynote Speakers

Phillipa McGuinness
Stephen J. A. Ward
Joanne McCarthy
Amanda D. Lotz
Tony Schirato


Phillipa McGuinness

Phillipa_037 BWPhillipa McGuinness has been a book publisher for more than twenty years. She is Executive Publisher at NewSouth Publishing/UNSW Press where she publishes books on Australian history, culture, art and politics, as well as biographies and memoir. Formerly a Senior Commissioning Editor at Cambridge University Press, she has served as the industry representative on the Humanities and Creative Arts panel of the Australian Research Council. She is the editor of Copyfight, published in 2015, a book which she conceived and commissioned and toured the country talking about. Her history of the year 2001 will be published by Random House in 2018.

About Phillipa’s book:

9781742231150_smWe expect to be able to log on and read, watch or listen to anything, anywhere, anytime. Then copy it, share it, quote it, sample it, remix it.

Does this leave writers, designers, filmmakers, musicians, photographers, artists and games developers with any rights at all? Have we forgotten how to pay for content? Are big corporations and copyright lawyers the only ones making money? Or are we looking the wrong direction as illegal downloading becomes the biggest industry of all and copyright violation a way of life?

In this provocative book, writers, musicians, filmmakers, gamers, lawyers and academics talk about why copyright matters to them – or doesn’t. Snappy and smart, it asks sharp questions about our digital world.

Click here for a recording of Phillipa’s keynote (mp3 – audio only).

Professor Stephen J. A. Ward


Stephen J. A. Ward is an internationally recognised media ethicist whose writings and projects have influenced the development of the field in theory and practice. He is an educator, consultant, keynote speaker and award-winning author. Ward has extensive experience in media both academically and professionally. He resides in Madison, WI, USA.

He is Distinguished Lecturer in Ethics at the School of Journalism, University of British Columbia and Courtesy Professor in the School of Journalism, University of Oregon. He is founding Director of the Center for Journalism Ethics, School of Journalism and Communication, University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is former director of the Graduate School of journalism, University of British Columbia. Most recently, he was interim director of the international Organization of News Ombudsmen.

Academically, he helped to create a school of journalism, founded a center for journalism ethics, and directed a center for multi-media journalism and communication. He has been a tenured professor at three major universities in Canada and the United States, and has 15 years of teaching at the graduate and undergraduate level.

His current research is on the future of media ethics in a global interactive world. Although media morals is his central concern, he acts as an expert in other areas of ethics. He has served on a U.S. study of the ethics of emerging technologies with military applications, sponsored by the National Academies of Science. He appeared before the U.S. Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues.


He is the author of the award-winning The Invention of Journalism Ethics: The Path to Objectivity and Beyond. In addition, he is the author of Ethics and the Media and Global Journalism Ethics. He is co-editor of Media Ethics Beyond Borders: A Global Perspective and editor of Global Media Ethics: Problems and Perspectives. His latest book, Radical Media Ethics, appeared in 2015.

Joanne McCarthy

r0_0_3970_2641_w1200_h678_fmaxJoanne McCarthy is a journalist at the Newcastle Herald who won the 2013 Gold Walkley for her part in  the Herald’s Shine the Light campaign for a Royal Commission into the sexual abuse of children by Catholic clergy.

Joanne wrote more than 350 articles on the issue and famously received a letter from former Prime Minister Julia Gillard, who wrote that Joanne’s “persistence and courage” played a large part in the formation of the Royal Commission.

In October 2015, Joanne received an honourary Doctorate of Letters from the University of Newcastle.

 Professor Amanda D. Lotz

Amanda Lotz Amanda D. Lotz is a professor in the Departments of Communication Studies and Screen Arts and Cultures at the University of Michigan. Her research focuses on U.S. television, specifically the industrial shifts since the end of the network era and on representations of gender on television and in the media.

Amanda’s honors include a Mellon post-doctoral fellowship, membership in Phi Beta Kappa, and receipt of the Harold E. Fellows Scholarship from the Broadcasting Education Association in 1994 for study and work in broadcasting. She was named Coltrin Professor of the Year by the International Radio and Television Society in 2004 for her case study exploring the redefinition of television. She is a past chair of the Television Studies Interest Group for the Society of Cinema and Media Studies and served as book review editor for Cinema Journal. She serves on the editorial boards of Popular Communication: International Journal of Media and Culture, Media Industries Journal, Cinema Journal, and Feminist Media Histories and is the incoming chair of the Media Industries interest group of the International Communication Association. Her regular teaching assignments include: Understanding Media Industries; Critical Issues in Television: Post-Network Era; Gender and Media; History of Broadcasting and Television; Feminist Media Studies/Gender and Media (Grad); Analyzing Media Industries (Grad).

TVWRB2e CoverA revised, second edition of her CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title award-winning book,The Television Will Be Revolutionized, was published in 2014. The Television Will Be Revolutionized explores U.S. television’s industrial changes from the mid 1980s through 2014 and how those changes adjust television’s role as a cultural institution. She also published Cable Guys: Television and American in 2014, which examines the negotiation of masculinities across a range of television programming in the early 2000s.

Amanda published two co-authored books, Understanding Media Industries, with Timothy Havens, an introduction to key areas central to the analysis of media industries, and Television Studies: A Short Introduction with Jonathan Gray, an overview of the intellectual development of television studies, and edited the collection Beyond Prime-Time: Television After the Network Era.

Amanda also continues to explore representations and discourses related to gender and feminism in the media, as she did in her first book, Redesigning Women: Television after the Network Era, which explores the rise of female-centered dramas and cable networks targeted toward women in the late 1990s as they relate to changes in the U.S. television industry.

Click here to listen to Amanda’s keynote (mp3 – audio only).

Professor Tony Schirato

Tony SchiratoTony Schirato has been Professor and Head of the Department of Communication at the University of Macau since 2013. He has authored and coauthored books on communication and cultural literacy (2000), Asian cultural politics (2001), globalisation (2003),visual culture (2004), the cultural field of sport (2007); and studies of the work of Michel Foucault (2000 & 20011), Pierre Bourdieu (2002) and Judith Butler (2010). He has also coauthored textbooks on professional writing (1996), academic writing (1999) and media studies (2007). His most recent book was on sports discourse (2013).

His research interests are, more generally, in the areas of sport, gender theory, and the relation between technology and cultural politics.

He is currently writing a(nother) study of the work of Pierre Bourdieu, with Allen & Unwin.