Spotlight on media and terrorism nexus

Symposium to focus on how the threat of terrorism is changing the media landscape: Controversial Australian film ‘The Trial’ to be screened. 

News headlinesA recent Federal government white paper stated that terrorism was a ‘permanent threat to Australia’. On Friday 26 March, La Trobe University’s Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences will sponsor an innovative research forum to discuss what this may mean for media.

‘The Media and Security Cultures Symposium brings together scholars from around Australia to discuss how terrorism has impacted on entertainment, information and reporting practices in the media,’ says organiser Dr John Tebbutt in the University’s Media and Cinema Studies Program.

‘Symposium topics are broad ranging from reality programs such as ‘Border Patrol’ to security legislation. Participants will hear from a security analyst and a media specialist before discussing submitted papers in a roundtable format’ said Dr Tebbutt.

The papers will be published next year in a special edition journal that will mark a decade since the September 11 attacks in 2001.

The culmination of the discussion will be a screening of the documentary ‘The Trial’ which was directed by La Trobe University’s Media and Cinema Studies alumni, Joan Robinson. The documentary follows two men involved in Australia’s largest terrorism trial, held in Melbourne through 2008. It has been banned from broadcast in Victoria due to legal reasons. A cinema screening however is not affected by the injunction.

Journalists who would like to find out more or attend the Symposium should contact Dr Tebbutt, Tel: 03 9479 5059 Mob:  043 888 4358    E:

Bookings are available for the screening of The Trial: contact Laura Milke  -

The Trial
5.30 Friday, 26th March
Kino Cinemas Cinema 4,
 44 Collins St,