PROF Sally Young

PROF Sally Young


  • Australian media history
  • Australian media policy-making
  • Australian newspaper history
  • Australian politics
  • Incumbency and party politics
  • Political and government advertising
  • Political communication (Elections)
  • Political finance
  • Political reporting and political journalism (Australian media)



  • Sally Young is Professor of Political Science. Her research focuses on Australian politics and media. She was an Australian Research Council (ARC) Future Fellow between 2014-17 investigating press power in Australia. Sally has also been the lead chief investigator of an ARC Linkage project on press photography and an ARC Discovery project on election reporting. She has published widely in the areas of Australian politics, media, political communication and journalism studies. Her latest book is Paper Emperors: The Rise of Australia's Newspaper Empires (UNSW Press, 2019). It is a political and corporate history of Australian newspapers from 1803 to 1941. Sally is currently working on the second volume of this history. Sally is also the co-author (with Fay Anderson) of Shooting the Picture: Press Photography in Australia (MUP, 2016). She is the author of How Australia Decides: Election Reporting and the Media (Cambridge University Press, 2011); The Persuaders: Inside the Hidden Machine of Political Advertising (Pluto Press, 2004), From Banners to Broadcasts (National Library of Australia, 2005), and the editor of Government Communication in Australia (Cambridge University Press, 2007). Sally has also published over forty journal articles and conference papers. She is a regular media commentator on Australian politics, media and elections and wrote a monthly column for the Age between 2013-15.   


Member of

  • Australian and New Zealand Communication Association. Member 2003 -
  • Australasian Political Science Association. Member 2001 -


Selected publications


Additional Grant Information

  • 2014 
    University of Melbourne Future Fellow Establishment Grant 

    Arts Faculty Research Grant Scheme 

    Menzies Centre, King's College, London - Rydon Fellowship in Australian Politics and Political History

    The Australian Academy of the Humanities Travelling Fellowship

    Arts Faculty Early Career Researcher Grant   


Education and training

  • PhD, University of Melbourne 2003
  • BA(hons), University of Melbourne 1999

Awards and honors

  • Australian Political Studies Association Henry Mayer Prize, 2008
  • Joan Rydon Fellow in Australian Politics and Political History,, 2006
  • National Library of Australia Norman McCann Summer Scholarship, 2001
  • University of Melbourne RG Wilson Scholarship, 1999
  • University of Melbourne William McMahon Ball Prize, 1998



Available for supervision

  • Y

Supervision Statement

  • I am currently interested in supervising topics relating to:

    *Australian newspapers and newspaper history
    •Australian politics and elections
    •Australian media/journalism  
    •Political communication

    Completed primary supervisions

    Andrew Gibbons, PhD 2018 ' Policy news in the digital age: An examination of Australian election reporting’.

    Kate Fahall, PhD 2016 "'Fun, fearless female": Cleo, Cosmopolitan and sexuality'.

    Rachel Howard, PhD 2015 ‘Late night comedy and political communication: Comparing the Howard Australian and US elections of 2004’.

    Andrea Carson   PhD 2013 ‘Investigative journalism, the public sphere and Australian democracy: The watchdog role of newspapers in the Internet age’.

    Saskia Bourne   PhD 2011 ‘Adams to Akerman: The role of opinion columns during election campaigns of the Howard years’.

    Stephanie Brookes   PhD 2009 ‘Political leaders’ constructions of national identity in Australian federal election campaign language 1901-2007’. 

    Completed associated supervisions  

    Mugdha Rai   PhD 2013 ‘Media, globalisation and state sovereignty: Discourses surrounding key global challenges in the USA, Australia and India’. 

    Colleen Murrell   PhD 2011 ‘Foreign correspondents and fixers: An investigation of teamwork in international news gathering’.

    Hong Chuang Loo   PhD 2010 ‘Contested media narratives: Negotiating nationalism and ethnicity in Malaysia’