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Dr Fay Anderson is an Associate Professor and Head of Journalism in the School of Media, Film and Journalism. Her research focuses on media history. Fay has published widely in the areas of journalism history, war, oral history, press photography, biography, censorship, crime and the media, genocide, trauma, 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 2020.

Fay recently completed her ARCLP - 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.  

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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Projects 2012 2018

A history of press photography in Australia

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

Australian Research Council (ARC)


Project: Research

Research Output 2004 2019

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 EntryResearchpeer-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

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

Activities 2011 2017

Shooting the picture

Fay Anderson (Contributor)
2 Feb 2017

Activity: Community Talks, Presentations, Exhibitions and EventsPublic event

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

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

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