Griffith University willhost a seminar analysing the influence and performance of the media during the recent Federal Election campaign.

Political Imperatives: Media and the 2013 Election will be held in the Bray Centre at Griffith’s Nathan campus from 9.30am on Friday (September 27).

The 2013 Federal Election was one of the more memorable in recent history, thanks to developments such as the change of Labor Party leadership from Julia Gillard to Kevin Rudd; the return of former Queensland Premier Peter Beattie to contest the seat of Forde; the performance of the Palmer United Party and Katter’s Australia Party; and the role of micro-parties in affecting the composition of the Australian Senate.

As the campaign progressed the performance of the media became another issue, particularly the stance adopted by Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp.

Friday’s seminar is under the auspices ofthe Griffith Centre for Cultural Research and has been convened by political experts Dr Paul Williams and Professor Stephen Stockwell, both journalism lecturers within the School of Humanities.

During the five weeks of the election campaign, Dr Williams and Professor Stockwell were in constant demand by the nation’s media. Together they gave more than 200 interviews across print, television, radio and online publications.

Joining them on Friday will be academics also ranked among Australia’s most respected media and political analysts. Guest speakers and their topics include:

Associate Professor Haydon Manning (Flinders University), Satire and Humour in Election 2013;

Professor Rodney Tiffen (University of Sydney), Election Media Into the Future;

Professor Mark Balnaves and Mr Paul Scott (University of Newcastle), Sports Betting and Social Media.

Dr Williams will discuss Political Cartoons and 2013 and Professor Stockwell will tackle Image and Design in Election 2013.

WHAT: Political Imperatives: Media and the 2013 Election

WHERE: Bray Centre, Council Boardroom (N54, Room 2.02), Griffith University Nathan Campus.

WHEN: 9.30am-3.30pm on Friday, September 27