Spin & Leaks

A central part of News and Power was the emphasis on publicity strategies, with chapters on overt (public relations politics) and cover (leaks and briefings) manoeuvres. Later, I tried to expand this to look at how publicity interests differed in different types of conflicts. When I started working on this, the term ‘spin doctor’ had not yet entered the lexicon, while now the politics of leaks has been transformed by WikiLeaks, and more recently by Edward Snowden.

Publicity Interests and Strategies

‘Conflicts in the News. Publicity interests, Public Images and Political Impacts’ in Howard Tumber (ed) Power, Professionals and Policy. Essays in honour of Jeremy Tunstall (London, Routledge, 2000) p.190-206
Conflicts in the News – Publicity Interests Public Images and Political Impacts


‘Iatrogenic spin doctoring’ Unpublished paper, 2006
Iatrogenic Spin Doctoring

(with Shelly Savage) ‘Politicians, Journalists and Spin: Tangled Relationships and Shifting Alliances’ in Sally Young (ed) Government Communication in Australia (Melbourne, Cambridge University Press, 2007) p.79-92

‘Spin doctors, News Values and Public Interest – the Bermuda Triangle of Policy Debate’ in Matthew Ricketson (ed) Australian Journalism Today (Melbourne, Palgrave Macmillan, 2013)

‘The Dynamics of Dominance. Wran and the media, 1981’ in Ernest Chaples, Helen Nelson and Ken Turner (eds) The Wran Model (Melbourne, Oxford University Press, 1985) p.149-168

‘The Geoffrey Boycott of Australian Politics’ Symposium: A Decade of Howard Government Australian Review of Public Affairs February 2006 http://www.australianreview.net/digest/2006/02/tiffen.html

‘The Spin We’re In – Media and Democracy in Post-Howard Australia’ Henry Mayer Memorial Lecture, University of Queensland, May 2008

‘Spin and History’ in David Clune and Ken Turner (eds) Writing Party History (Sydney, Parliament of New South Wales and Federation Press, 2007; proceedings of a conference at the NSW Parliament, October 2006).

‘Lost in the spin cycle’ Inside Story 7 May 2010
Seven reasons why the government’s backdown on emissions trading will hurt it


‘Why Political Plumbers Fail – Hypocrisy and Hyperbole in Leak Control’ Presented to International Association of Media and Communications Research, Stockholm, July 2008.
Why Political Plumbers Fail – Hypocrisy and Hyperbole in Leak Control

‘Confidential Sources in the News – Conventions and Contortions’ Australian Journalism Review, Vol 10 Nos 1 and 2, December 1988 p.22-27.

‘WikiLeaks and Mega Plumbing Issues’ Global Media Studies, Australian Edition, 5 (1)

‘Lonely evenings at the photocopier’ Inside Story 16 June 2011
(On the 40th anniversary of the Pentagon Papers)