Platform: Journal of Media and Communication is an open-access online graduate publication. Founded and published by the Media and Communications Program, School of Culture and Communication, at The University of Melbourne, Platform was launched in November 2008.
Platform is refereed by an international board of established and emerging scholars working across diverse paradigms in Media and Communication, and edited by graduate students at the University of Melbourne.
Platform is supported by the School of Culture and Communication at the University of Melbourne, via the SCC Journal & Press Grants Scheme.
The aims of Platform include:
- to provide a platform for media and communication graduates to showcase, share and support the work of one another through publication, peer-review and comments
- to provide a platform for emerging media and communication scholars to build a publication record, and to contribute subsequently to other academic publications
- to increase scholarly appreciation of the various theoretical and methodological aspects of media and communication research
- to encourage international awareness and collaboration through the discussion of issues associated with the rising significance of multiple media and communication platforms for societies and individuals across various globalised and localised environments.
Sophie is a PhD candidate in the School of Computing & Information systems at the University of Melbourne, researching music recommender systems, automated music discovery and algorithmic curation. Her research is interdisciplinary across media studies and human-computer interaction (HCI), and she is concerned with the cultural, social and political implications of AI and algorithmic culture more broadly.
Geoff Hondroudakis is a researcher in media theory and philosophy of technology, with a background in literary theory and philosophy. Currently he is a graduate research student at the University of Melbourne, where his work examines theories of scale and abstraction. The motivating interest of his research is the political implications of how systems organise across structural differences in the milieu of planetary computation.
Brian McKitrick is a Human-Computer Interaction PhD student in the School of Engineering at the University of Melbourne. Originally from the United States, he completed his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Arts and Technology at the University of Texas at Dallas. Coming from this background of game studies, his current research is an digital ethnographic study on Let’s Play communities, and is excited to work as an editor at Platform to see new authors in these fields.
Maria is a PhD candidate and sessional tutor at the School of Culture & Communication, University of Melbourne. Her research focuses on digital image sharing, moderation and memorialisation practices in online spaces following mass tragedies. It combines visual analysis with a qualitative study examining how news professionals moderate images for publication. Maria is a former journalist and has an MA in International Relations & International Communication from Boston University.
Ziying Meng is a PhD candidate at the School of Culture & Communication at the University of Melbourne. Her thesis explores video creators’ cross-platform practices on Chinese and US-based social media services. Her research interests include digital platforms, creator cultures, digital ethnography, Chinese social media and smart technologies.
Wendi Li is a PhD candidate at the School of Culture & Communication at the University of Melbourne. Her PhD project explores how young people in Hong Kong and Melbourne communicate about and relate to climate change. Her research interests include civic agency, youth climate activism, and globalised public communication.
Guy Webster is a PhD candidate at the University of Melbourne. His work has appeared in Textual Practice, Cambridge Quarterly, The Conversation, Cambridge Review of Books and the British Modernist Association. His work researches conceptions of fear in the early 20th century and their function in the work of Virginia Woolf, D.H. Lawrence, May Sinclair and Mary Butts. He is Resident Arts Tutor at St Hilda’s College and Vice-President of the Culture and Communication Graduate Committee (CCGC).
Yuzheng Li is a young graduate, teacher and editor from Melbourne. Her master’s thesis explored Chinese fandom culture, para-social relationships, consumerist pseudo-feminism, and gaze study. Her proposed PhD research explores male beauty influencers’ live-streaming e-commerce in China, focusing primarily on the gendered power dynamic, customer intimacy, and cultural identity presentation.