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Denis Muller

Denis Muller

Senior Research Fellow in the Centre for Advancing Journalism, University of Melbourne

Denis Muller was born in New Zealand in 1948 and emigrated to Australia in 1969. He was educated at Rosmini College, Auckland, and at the University of Melbourne.

After three years on suburban newspapers in Auckland, he joined The Sydney Morning Herald as a sub-editor in 1969. In 1978 he joined The Times, London, also as a sub-editor, before returning to take up the position of Chief Sub-editor of the Herald in 1980.

He subsequently held the positions of Night Editor, News Editor and Assistant Editor (Investigations) at that newspaper, until joining The Age, Melbourne, as Associate Editor in 1986.

At both newspapers, his responsibilities including representing the papers as an advocate before the Australian Press Council.

From 1984 until he left newspapers in 1993, he worked closely with Irving Saulwick, one of Australia's leading public opinion pollsters, in the management and writing of the Saulwick Poll which was published in The Age as AgePoll and in the Herald as HeraldSurvey.

In 1990 he was accepted as a mature-age student into the Public Policy program at the University of Melbourne. He completed a Postgraduate Diploma in 1992 and a Master's degree in 1994.

In 1993 he left The Age to take up a position as Group Manager, Communications, at the Board of Studies, Victoria.

In 1995 he established the research consultancy Denis Muller & Associates, and was appointed a Senior Research Fellow in the Centre for Public Policy at the University of Melbourne.

In 2006 he completed a doctoral thesis on media ethics and accountability, and was appointed a Visiting Fellow at the Centre for Public Policy, where he has taught in the Public Policy program since 1997.

He has also taught research methodology at RMIT University, and teaches defamation law to practising journalists through the Communication Law Centre.

Four laws that need urgent reform to protect both national security and press freedom

Jun 19, 2019 02:06 am UTC| Insights & Views Law

In a perfect world, Australia would introduce constitutional protections for freedom of the press. But since the chances of that are next to zero, it might be more productive to look instead at what might be done to make...

Lies, obfuscation and fake news make for a dispiriting – and dangerous – election campaign

Apr 27, 2019 06:02 am UTC| Insights & Views Politics

The integrity of Australias electoral processes is under unprecedented challenge in this federal election. The campaign has already been marred by fake news, political exploitation of social media falsehoods and...

A tale of two media reports: one poses challenges for digital media; the other gives ABC and SBS a clean bill of health

Dec 16, 2018 12:56 pm UTC| Insights & Views Technology

Two reports out this week one into the operations of Facebook and Google, the other into the competitive neutrality of the ABC and SBS present the federal government with significant policy and political...

Michelle Guthrie's stint at ABC helm had a key weakness: she failed to back the journalists

Sep 25, 2018 09:32 am UTC| Insights & Views Politics

Michelle Guthries departure as managing director of the ABC, while a shock, is not surprising. In the face of sustained pressure from the government and Rupert Murdochs News Corp, she has seemed incapable of mounting a...

Australian media are playing a dangerous game using racism as currency

Aug 13, 2018 14:08 pm UTC| Insights & Views Politics

It has been quite a week for race-laden discourse in the Australian media. There was Blair Cottrell, a notorious pro-Hitler extremist, appearing on Sky News and calling for a race-based immigration policy. There was...

Why the ABC, and the public that trusts it, must stand firm against threats to its editorial independence

Jul 14, 2018 10:53 am UTC| Insights & Views Life

The people who are turning up at Save the ABC rallies around the country are defending a cultural institution they value because they trust it. In particular, they trust its news service. Public opinion polls going back...

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Economy

U.S. Treasuries plunge ahead of 5-year auction, FOMC member Daly’s speech

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German bunds suffer as investors await eurozone’s June consumer price inflation data

The German bunds suffered during European trading session Wednesday ahead of the countrys and eurozones consumer price inflation (CPI) data for the month of June, scheduled to be released on June 27 and 28 by 12:00GMT and...

USD/CNY likely to hit 6.90 mark; not much volatility seen ahead of G-20 meeting, says Commerzbank

The USD/CNY currency pair is expected to hit the 6.90 mark, although not much of a volatility is likely to be seen ahead of the G20 meeting in Osaka, Japan, according to the latest research report from Commerzbank. It...

JGBs close lower ahead of May retail sales, industrial production data

The Japanese government bonds closed lower on Wednesday as investors await the release of the countrys retail sales and industrial production data for the month of May, scheduled to be released on June 26 and 27 by...

Australian bonds fall amid muted trading session ahead of U.S.-China trade talks

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Politics

Vladimir Putin: Is the Russian President a Fan of Vlogs?

People all over the world have found a new form of entertainment that is freely accessible on the internet vlogs. And in recent QA session with Russian President Vladimir Putin, it was revealed whether he is also a fan of...

Melania Trump, Ivanka Trump: Michael Wolff Book Claims Donald Trump’s Favorite Child Isn’t a Fan of His Wife

There have been several books and articles published about the relationship of the United States First Lady Melania Trump with her step-daughter Ivanka Trump. Now, Michael Wolffs latest book Siege: Trump Under Fire claims...

Donald Trump Signs New Sanctions Aimed at Iran Supreme Leader and Other Iranian Officials

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CAR: a society without authority, where children's schooling suffers

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Final 2019 election results: education divide explains the Coalition's upset victory

At the May 18 election, the size of the lower house was expanded from 150 to 151 seats. The Coalition parties won 77 seats (up one since the 2016 election), Labor 68 (down one) and the crossbench six (up one). The...

Science

Marijuana News: Will New York Follow Illinois in Legalizing Recreational Use of Cannabis?

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker just signed a law on Tuesday that makes the recreational use of marijuana legal taking effect on the first day of 2020. This makes Illinois the 11th state in the United States to do so, and...

Cancer Cure 2019: Immunotherapy Drug Under Research Shows Promising Result for Lung Cancer Patients

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Black plastic can't be recycled – but we've just found a way to use the carbon in renewable energy

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Meet the naked mole-rat: impervious to pain and cancer, and lives ten times longer than it should

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Marijuana News: China Blames Increase in Cannabis Trafficking in Canada, U.S.

Last year, Canada became the second country to legalize the recreational use of Marijuana. Meanwhile, more states in America are doing the same with others eyeing to follow suit in the near future. Now, China claims they...

Technology

GoPro Hero 8 Release Date: What Improvements Should the Eight Entry Focus On?

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‘Cyberpunk 2077’ Release Date, Latest News: Mission Lengths, Depth Explain by Lead Quest Designer

From character builds and how to approach Cyberpunk 2077 to the depths of quests and how long theyre going to last. What makes this particular interview exciting is that Sakso revealed that he worked on the Bloody Baron...

‘GTA 6’ Release Date: Take-Two CEO Strauss Zelnick Hints Next Entry Might Come Out in 2020

With all the rumors involving GTA 6, theres still no substantial evidence when the title will hit the market. However, recent statements from Take-Two CEO Strauss Zelnick may have hinted that the title might not be too far...
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