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)



  • Dr Sally Young is Associate Professor and Reader in Political Science and an Australian Research Council Future Fellow for 2014-17. Her Future Fellowship project is investigating the controversial issue of press power in Australia by mapping a history of newspaper influence on media policy-making from the introduction of radio in 1927 to the Finkelstein Inquiry in 2012. Sally is also the lead chief investigator of an Australian Research Council Linkage project (with Professor Kate Darian-Smith, Dr Fay Anderson and Mr Michael Gawenda, and partners the National Library of Australia and the Walkley Foundation) that will provide the first comprehensive history of Australian press photography. Sally has published widely in the areas of Australian politics, Australian media, political communication and journalism studies. 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 and elections and currently writes a monthly column for the Age .   


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 politics/elections
    •Australian media/journalism  
    •Australian political communication
    •Australian political/media history

    Current primary supervisions  

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

    Caja Gilbert, ‘Digitally altered: Making news in the 21st Century’ (PhD) 

    Andrew Gibbons, Online journalism and reporting of policy issues during elections (PhD) 

    Completed primary supervisions

    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’