Blak Bias :: 6:30pm 23rd Aug 2022

Blak Bias Podcast- Episode 5

Blak Bias: Racism and the Conservative Legacy Media 

There’s a fine line between race and racism when dissecting the Australian mainstream media and its reportage of Indigenous Affairs. 

Over the last decade, conservative columnists and reporters in conservative legacy media have generated public debate over the validity of the Racial Discrimination Act. At the same time, Indigenous communities have accused the same media of covert and overt racism in reporting. TV presenter, journalist and Whadjuk Noongar woman Narelda Jacobs explores coverage of the death in custody of Kumanjayi Walker and the resulting trial. While Professor Heidi Norman from UTS discusses the coverage of the Cindy Prior case, which  became subject to a nationwide debate around racial discrimination. 

Warning: The following episode discusses the reportage of Aboriginal Deaths in Custody so if this is likely to raise anything for you, please give 13 YARN (13- 92-76), the national 24/7 Indigenous crisis line a call. 

Listen to the extended discussion on the Fourth Estate podcast.


Blak Bias is a collaboration between, the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) and 2SER Radio. It has been made possible with the support of the Judith Neilson Institute for Journalism and Ideas (JNI). Co-hosts: Rhianna Patrick and Madeline Hayman-Reber. Produced, edited and mixed by Marlene Even at 2SER Radio.


More information:

Racialised opinion pieces in Australian mainstream media 2019-2020 – A snapshot- 

Are Aboriginal people a threat to the modern nation?: A study of newsprint coverage of a racial discrimination complaint – 

The Australian’s coverage of Zachary Rolfe verdict condemned as ‘national disgrace’, Guardian Australia, March 2022 – 

Tile artwork:

“Buldyan” (Grandfather), 2018 by Shannon Foster. Commissioned for the Centre for the Advancement of Indigenous Knowledges at UTS.  


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