|dc.contributor.author||Walsh, Nonee Philomena||-|
|dc.description.abstract||This study analyses the mediation and mediatisation of the Inquiry into certain Australian companies in relation to the UN Oil-for-Food Programme (The Cole Inquiry) which investigated whether breaches of United Nations’ trade sanctions by Australia’s monopoly wheat exporter, AWB Limited, broke any Australian law. This thesis explores how a political ‘framing war’ over responsibility for the scandal impacted on media coverage of the Cole Inquiry.
Using qualitative methods and news-framing theory the thesis investigates how the Inquiry was reported, how legal and political communicators influenced news reportage and in turn how the media influenced the presentation of the Inquiry process. The study draws on expert interviews, news-framing and transcript analyses, and a case study to document and analyse interactions between the media, lawyers, and strategic communications professionals with a stake in shaping public perceptions of the Cole Inquiry.
The study finds that media representations of the Inquiry were not just accurate accounts of legal process, but a co-production involving legal “performers,” communications professionals, politicians and journalists. The research illustrates that journalists’ professional practices respond to legal process and are shaped by legal communications. It indicates that lawyers appearing at the Inquiry can be seen as “performing” for the media and reacting to media coverage. It extends research on the role of court information officers as a ‘bridge’ between lawyers and journalists, indicating how such internal strategic communications professionals might also function as frame sponsors. A case study concludes that externally sponsored source material from politicians and political strategists had a marked impact on news journalists’ framing of the Cole Inquiry.||en_AU|
|dc.publisher||University of Sydney.||en_AU|
|dc.publisher||School of Letters, Art, and Media||en_AU|
|dc.publisher||Department of Media and Communications||en_AU|
|dc.subject||Australian Wheat Board||en_AU|
|dc.subject||mediatisation of law||en_AU|
|dc.title||Mediating justice: investigating the framing of the 2006 Cole inquiry||en_AU|
|dc.type.pubtype||Master of Arts (Research) M.A.(Res.)||en_AU|
|Appears in Collections:||Sydney Digital Theses (Open Access)|