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Personal profile



Dr Fay Anderson is an Associate Professor in the School of Media, Film and Journalism. She joined Monash University in 2012, and since 2018, she has been the Head of Journalism. Among other roles, Fay has been the Acting Head of Journalism and the Deputy Head of Journalism, 2016 – 2017; the Film Media Communication PhD Program Director, 2017; the PhD Journalism Convenor, 2014 - 2017; and the Deputy Head of the School of Media, Film and Journalism (Education) 2014.

Fay is a graduate of the University of Melbourne and La Trobe University. She has extensive experience in research and teaching in Journalism Studies, Australian Studies and History, having worked previously at the University of Melbourne from 2002 to 2011. From 2007 to 2009, Fay was the Director of the Australian Centre, and the School of Historical and Philosophical Studies Research Chair, 2010 and 2011.

Research interests

Fay’s research focuses on media history. She has published widely in the areas of journalism history, war, oral history, press photography, biography, crime and the media, genocide, trauma and moral injury, migration, and memory. 

Fay has authored and edited four books including An Historian's Life: Max Crawford and the Politics of Academic Freedom (MUP, 2005); her co-authored book with Richard Trembath Witnesses to War: The History of Australian Conflict Reporting (MUP, 2011); and Shooting the Picture: Press Photography in Australia, co-authored with Sally Young (MUP, 2016). Fay's forthcoming book, The Holocaust and Australian Journalism: What They Knew will be published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2021.

Previous significant projects have included the ARC Linkage Project on the history of Australian conflict reporting in partnership with the National Library of Australia and the Bean Foundation [LP0560359], and the ARC Linkage Project funded project on the history and significance of Australian press photography in partnership with the National Library of Australia and the Walkley Foundation [LP 120200458]. Visit the Press Photography in Australia research website.

One of its most important initiatives of the project is sixty oral history interviews with Australian newspaper and magazine photographers kept at the National Library of Australia's Oral History and Folklore Collection, https://catalogue.nla.gov.au/Record/6422095.  

Fay’s latest ARC-funded project is ‘Envisaging Citizenship: Australian Histories and Global Connections’ [DP200100088]. The project, led by Professor Jane Lydon, with Professor Amanda Nettelbeck and Professor Melissa Miles, aims to investigate the ways that visual images have defined, contested and advanced ideas of Australian citizenship and rights from European settlement to the present. Responding to the lack of a shared mainstream understanding of Australian citizenship, it looks beyond legal definitions to explore cultural and especially visual views of citizenship over time. Through collaboration with museum, media and education sectors, our project will provide a forward-looking and accessible public history, and utilise the potential of images to broaden contemporary debates about citizenship.

Supervision interests

Fay has supervised 11 PhD candidates to completion, and would particularly welcome research degree supervisions in: 

  • Media History
  • Press Photography
  • Journalism culture and trauma
  • Genocide and the Media
  • Media and Crime
  • Media and Immigration
  • The Media, Citizenship and Humanitarianism
  • Gender and the Media
  • Oral History
  • War, Censorship and Trauma 

Research area keywords

  • Media History
  • Australian History
  • Photography History and Theory
  • Photography of Atrocity
  • Journalism
  • Crime
  • War and Australian Society
  • Oral History
  • Memory
  • Biography
  • Conflict Reporting

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Envisaging Citizenship: Australian Histories and Global Connections

Lydon, J., Nettelbeck, A., Miles, M. & Anderson, F.


Project: Research

A history of press photography in Australia

Gawenda, M., Young, S., Anderson, F. & Darian-Smith, K.

Australian Research Council (ARC)


Project: Research

Research Output

Conflict and Journalism

Anderson, F., Mar 2019, Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Communication. Nussbaum, J. F. (ed.). 1 ed. New York NY USA: Oxford University Press, Vol. 1. 29 p. (Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Communication).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingEncyclopaedia / Dictionary EntryOtherpeer-review

"Celebrating the Anzac spirit": the visual representation and censorship of the Australian soldier

Anderson, F., 2018, The Visual Politics of War Volume Two: Truth and Lies of Soft Power. Saleh, I. & Knieper, T. (eds.). 1st ed. Newcastle upon Tyne UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Vol. 2nd. p. 49 - 71 23 p. (Visual Politics of War).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (Book)Researchpeer-review

'Never Look Away’: Humanitarianism and Australian Newspaper Photographers

Anderson, F. A., 2018, Visualising Human Rights. One ed. Western Australia: UWA Publishing, Vol. One. p. 141-166 25 p. Seven

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (Book)Researchpeer-review

Perilous: Australian news photographers and trauma

Anderson, F. A., 2018, In : Journalism Studies. 19, 11, p. 1613-1632 20 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

1 Citation (Scopus)

Underdesirable types - the surveillance of journalists

Anderson, F., 2018, In the Name of Security – Secrecy, Surveillance and Journalism. Lidberg, J. & Muller, D. (eds.). 1st ed. London UK: Anthem Press, p. 33-49 17 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (Book)Researchpeer-review


Shooting the picture

Fay Anderson (Contributor)

2 Feb 2017

Activity: Community Talks, Presentations, Exhibitions and EventsPublic event

UNESCO Research Conference on the Safety of Journalists

Fay Anderson (Speaker)

3 May 20164 May 2016

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesContribution to workshop, seminar, course

Anthem Press (Publisher)

Fay Anderson (Editorial board member)

1 Jan 2016

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial responsibility

First drafts of history: rediscovering Victoria's war correspondents

Fay Anderson (Host)

21 Apr 2016

Activity: Community Talks, Presentations, Exhibitions and EventsPublic event

Macquarie University (External organisation)

Fay Anderson (Member)

1 May 2016

Activity: Industry, Government and Philanthropy Engagement and PartnershipsMembership of an advisory panel/policy group/ board

Press / Media

Lorrie Graham

Fay Anderson


1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Shattered Anzacs

Fay Anderson


1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Shooting the picture then and now

Fay Anderson & Sally Young


1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Article/Feature

Racing to shoot the picture

Fay Anderson & Sally Young


1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Article/Feature

We censor war photography in Australia – more's the pity

Fay Anderson


1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment