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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.

Dutton directive gives journalists more breathing space, but not whistleblowers

Aug 12, 2019 06:08 am UTC| Insights & Views Law

In light of the ministerial direction issued to the Australian Federal Police by the Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton on August 9, it would be a spectacular contradiction in policy if the Australian Federal Polices...

Media watchdog's report into Christchurch shootings goes soft on showing violent footage

Jul 28, 2019 11:07 am UTC| Insights & Views

Coverage of the Christchurch terrorism by Australias television channels raised serious questions about whether they had breached the television codes of practice, according to the broadcasting regulator, the Australian...

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...

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Economy

UK gilts gain in muted trading day amid Brexit worries, global recessionary fears

The United Kingdoms gilts gained during European trading hours Tuesday, amid a muted session that barely witnessed any data of major economic significance. However, fears of a global economic breakdown and possibilities of...

German bunds surge ahead of 30-year auction, August manufacturing PMI

The German bunds surged during European trading session Tuesday ahead of the countrys super-long 30-year auction, scheduled to be held on August 21 by 15:10GMT and the manufacturing PMI for the similar month, due for...

Australia’s ANZ-Roy Morgan consumer confidence falls last week, closes below long-term average

Australias ANZ-Roy Morgan consumer confidence fell 2.3 percent last week, closing below the long-term average. The fall was driven by weakness in economic conditions, with current falling 3.8 percent and future losing a...

Australian bonds suffer following ease in global recession fears; RBA hints at further easing

The Australian government bonds suffered during Asian session of the second trading day of the week Tuesday following investors improved appetite after global recession fears eased, tracking hopes of stimuli from major...

ECB likely to cut deposit rate by 10bp in September meeting; prepares new stimulus: says Rabobank

Finally, the speculation that Lagarde might lose her ECB nomination should Von der Leyen have failed to cross the line can also be put to rest, even though the European Parliament still has to official confirm her as ECB...

Politics

Emmanuel Macron, Vladimir Putin argue over their response to massive protests

French President Emmanuel Macron is the latest world leader to meet with Russias Vladimir Putin. He arrived in France on Monday for an official state visit. While in the country, Putin and Macron are expected to hold a...

Trevor Noah’s satirical theory suggests Donald Trump wants to get rid of Melania Trump

Both critics and supporters of Melania Trump and Donald Trump had recently been talking about one thing. It was Trevor Noahs theory that the President is allegedly weaving his immigration policies with the endgame of...

Donald Trump loves that Melania Trump agrees with him about the prenup

The marriage of United States President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump is possibly one of the most followed subjects in the media today. Since Mr. Trump is known for being a wealthy man, many might be wondering...

Prototype of a nuclear missile that Vladimir Putin bragged about allegedly failed

This month marks the 20-year milestone of Russian President Vladimir Putins political career. However, it has been marred with a series of pro-democracy protests in Moscow as well as the death of five scientists from a...

To restore trust in government, we need to reinvent how the public service works

Around the world, the most informed and effective public servants are changing the way they develop policy and services. Australian public servants are eager to do the same, but their leaders are not supporting them to do...

Science

Cryptic genetic variation: the hidden changes in your DNA that could produce new diseases

Rarely has our environment changed so quickly. On top of climate change, were exposing ourselves to air pollutants, microplastics and unprecedented levels of fat, salt and sugar in our food. Environmental change is one...

Lab studies suggest medicinal plants can help repair human bone and tissue

Theres been a rise in recent years of biomedical engineering techniques that can restore lost tissue and bone. If youve been in a car crash, for instance, there are ways to restore or repair the lost body part or damaged...

Environmental destruction is a war crime, but it's almost impossible to fall foul of the laws

An open letter from 24 scientists published in Nature last month calls on governments to draft a new Geneva Convention dedicated to protecting the environment during armed conflict. This inspired a number of headlines...

HIV/AIDS deaths drop despite lack of complete cure

The HIV and AIDS epidemic has been a global challenge for decades. Unfortunately, a complete cure that would kill HIV and AIDS from a patients body is still unavailable. But that does not mean there is no other way to...

Donald Trump’s cancer cure promise still needs proof

Scientists around the world have reported strides in developing more advanced treatments for cancer while the complete cure is still unavailable. Illnesses like cancer are some of the major concerns for many households,...

Technology

Rosario Dawson, Idris Elba headline ‘NBA 2K20’s’ MyCAREER Story

Fans may have noticed that the announcement of gameplay details of NBA 2K20 arrived relatively later than usual. But the complete teaser for new MyCAREER Story might make up for the long wait. Video game publisher 2K...

Longer roadmap for “The Sims 4” delays 'The Sims 5' launch

Within a few weeks, it is going to be full five years since The Sims 4 was originally released on Windows PC. In the life simulation games franchise, that amount of time is usually what it takes for them to release a new...

‘The Elder Scrolls 6’ release date: Sixth entry maybe 6 years away from hitting the shelves

The Elder Scrolls 6 will be quite the ambitious endeavor for Bethesda Studio as Todd Howards vision for the next entry is unlike anything thats been done before. In fact, Howard said that the next entry would be developed...

‘Age of Empires 4´release date: Is Microsoft planning gameplay reveal on Gamescom?

The excitement surrounding Age of Empires 4 is now at a boiling point as Gamescom has officially started. Creative director Adam Isgreen previously said that theyre still undecided what event will feature the...

Pocophone F2 release date: Xiaomi maintains its silence about the sequel despite the series celebrating its anniversary this month

Now that the Pocophone F2 and the Redmi K20 have been proven to be different devices, its now time to speculate what the specs of the former will be. The reason why people initially assumed that both devices are one and...
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