Professor of Media and Communication, Queensland University of Technology
Stuart Cunningham is Distinguished Professor of Media and Communications, Queensland University of Technology. A fellow of the UK Academy of Social Sciences and the Australian Academy of the Humanities, and a Member of the Order of Australia, he was a member of the Cooperative Research Centres Committee 2013-15. His most recent books are Hidden Innovation: Policy, Industry and the Creative Sector (2014), the co-authored Key Concepts in Creative Industries (2013), Screen Distribution and the New King Kongs of the Online World (2013), and Media Economics (2015), and the co-edited Digital Disruption: Cinema Moves Online (2012) and The Media and Communications in Australia (2014).
He directed the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation, the first ARC Centre of Excellence based in the humanities disciplines, from 2005 to 2014. His main current research is on platform dynamics, creator labour, and content innovation in the emerging proto-industry of ‘social media entertainment’, supported by a Fulbright Senior Fellowship and a large ARC Discovery grant. The main output from this is Social Media Entertainment: The new industry at the intersection of Hollywood and Silicon Valley (with David Craig), forthcoming from New York University Press.
Workshop, Wednesday 16 May, 0900–1030
Pitching to and writing for The Conversation, Ms Lucinda Beaman
In this session, you will learn more about how The Conversation works and the benefits of writing for The Conversation, as well as tips on how to pitch ideas to to editors and write for a general audience.
Use of amplifier platforms for engagement and impact, Distinguished Professor Stuart Cunningham and Dr Kim Osman
Publicly funded researchers and agencies are increasingly expected to respond to the need for greater detail and transparency of the impact of their contributions to wider public value, public debate, and opinion formation. This portion of the workshop will outline a QUT-led ARC Linkage project with partners The Conversation and Cooperative Research Centres Association to assess the impact of scholarly public intellectual content by investigating how public intellectuals are using ‘amplifier’ platforms’, (such as The Conversation and other relevant platforms based on the context), and how they perceive the impact of public intellectual outputs on public debate as well as how these services impact researchers’ and public intellectuals’ career trajectories. The workshop will seek contributions from CRC scholars and detail how to be further involved in the project.