The School of Journalism and Communication was disestablished on 31 December, 2014.

The work of the school continues within the new School of Communication and Arts. The information in this website is therefore out of date but retained for archival and staff purposes.

Senior Lecturer
Director of Postgraduate Coursework Programs

Room 302, Level 3
Joyce Ackroyd Building (#37)

Contact Details
Phone: +61 7 3346 8279
Fax: +61 7 3346 8299


Richard Fitzgerald’s research and publications explore media interaction and language, particularly in the areas of news and public access radio discourse, and the development and application of the methodology of Membership Categorization Analysis and Conversation Analysis for exploring the organisation of cultural knowledge and identity in interaction.

Research Interests:
  • Talk and Interaction
  • Radio Language
  • Media and Political Language
Methodological Expertise:
  • Conversation Analysis
  • Discourse Analysis
  • Ethnomethodology
  • Membership Categorisation Analysis
Interested in studying for your PhD or MPhil?

Dr Fitzgerald is currently taking expressions of interest from potential RHD candidates. Contact him here to register your interest.

Research Higher Degree Supervision

Completed RHD Supervisions.

  • Lisa Gunders.“Welfare Discourses in Contemporary Australian Politics”. PhD: EMSAH: 2007. Primary Supervisor: Dr Susan McKay. Associate Supervisor: Dr Richard Fitzgerald.
  • Carolyn Brown. “Standardised Introductory Formats in Public Speaking Events” PhD: EMSAH. 2008 Primary Supervisor: Dr Richard Fitzgerald. Associate Supervisor: Associate Professor Mike Emmison (Sociology)

Current RHD Supervisions

  • Melanie McKenzie. ““But does it work?” Values in Science Communication Evaluations”. PhD: EMSAH. Primary Supervisor: Dr Joan Leach. Associate Supervisor/s Dr Richard Fitzgerald; Dr Sean Rintel.
  • Edward Reynolds "Enticing a Challengeable: Sequence, category and embodied action in the construction of antagonism." PhD: SJC. Primary Supervisor: Dr Richard Fitzgerald. Associate Supervisor/s: Dr Rod Gardner (Griffith University, SEPS); Dr Sean Rintel
  • Nadira Talib "Media and Political Representation of Malay Students in Singapore". PhD: SJC. Primary Supervisor: Dr Richard Fitzgerald. Associate Supervisor/s: Dr Aparna Hebbani; Dr Nicholas Carah
  • Andrew Harvey. "Encouraging consumers to save energy using real time interactive smart meters." MPhil: SJC. Primary Supervisor: Dr Sean Rintel. Associate Supervisor/s Dr Richard Fitzgerald.
  • Faisal Al Shehhi. "The development and experience English Radio in Oman". PhD: SJC. Primary Supervisor: Dr Richard Fitzgerald. Associate Supervisor Dr Nicholas Carah


Selected Publications:
Fitzgerald, R, Housley W. (Eds.) Advances in Membership Categorisation Analysis. Sage (due 2015)
Fitzgerald, R., Housley, W. (Eds.) (2009) Media, Policy and Debate. Aldershot Ashgate
Refereed Journal Articles/Book Chapters

Ekstom, M, Fitzgerald, R. (2014) Groundhog day: Extended Repetitions in Political News Interviews. Journalism Studies (available on-line March 2013)

Fitzgerald, R. Rintel, S. (2013) From lifeguard to bitch: The problem of promiscuous categories in story telling in a long distance relationship. Special Issue of the Australian Journal of Communication. (forthcoming August 2013)

Thornborrow, J, Fitzgerald, R. (2013) ‘Grab a pen and paper’: Interaction v. interactivity in a political radio phone in. Journal of Language and Politics. (in Press)

Breit, R, Obijiofor, L, Fitzgerald, R. (2013) Internationalization as De-Westernization of the Curriculum: The Case of Journalism at an Australian University. Special Issue on the Internationalisation of the Curriculum. Journal of Studies in International Education. (online January 31, 2013)

Fitzgerald, R (2012) Categories, norms and inferences: Generating entertainment in a daytime talk show. Discourse, Context and Media. Vol 1(4) p 151-159.

Fitzgerald, R, Mckay, S. (2012) Just like home: Remediation of the social in contemporary news broadcasting. Discourse, Context & Media. Vol 1 (1)P 1–8

Fitzgerald, R. (2012) Membership Categorisation Analysis. Wild and promiscuous or simply the joy of Sacks. Discourse Studies. 14 (3) P 305-311

Butler, C. W., Fitzgerald, R. (2011) “My f***ing personality”: swearing as slips and gaffes in live television broadcasts. Text & Talk . Vol 31 (5) P 525–551.

Butler, C. W. Fitzgerald, R. (2010) Operative Identities in a family meal. Pragmatics. Vol 42. (9) p2462-2474.

Butler, C., Fitzgerald, R., Gardner, R. (2009) Branching out. Ethnomethodological Approaches to Communication. Special Issue of Australian Journal of Communication. Vol 36 (3).

Fitzgerald, R., Housley, W., Butler, C. (2009) Omni relevance in interactional context. Special Issue of Australian Journal of Communication. Vol 36 (3)

Gardner, R, Fitzgerald, R, Mushin, I. (2009) Turn-Taking as foundational social order. Special Issue of Australian Journal of Communication. Vol 36 (3)

Housley, W., Fitzgerald, R. (2009) Media, Policy and Interaction. In (Eds) Fitzgerald and Housley. Media, Policy and Interaction. Ashgate.

Fitzgerald, R. Housley, W. (2009) Introduction. Media, Policy and Interaction. In (Eds) Fitzgerald and Housley. Media, Policy and Interaction. Ashgate.

Housley, W., Fitzgerald, R (2009) Membership Category Analysis, Culture and Norms in Action. Discourse and Society. 20 (3) 345 -362.

Housley, W., Fitzgerald. R. (2009) Beyond the discursive: the case of social organisation. A reply to Edwards, Hepburn and Potter. Qualitative Research. (Vol. 9 (1) 129 – 133

Fitzgerald, R., Austin H. (2008) Accusation, Mitigation and Resisting Guilt in Everyday Talk. The Open Communication Journal. Vol 2, 93-99.

Housley, W, Fitzgerald R, (2008) Motives Accounts and Social Organisation. Qualitative Research. ‘Response’ paper and reply. Vol. 8(2) 237-256.

Jaworski, A, Fitzgerald, R (2008) ‘This Poll Has Not Happened Yet’: Temporal Play in Election Predictions. Discourse and Communication. Vol. 2. (1) 5-27.

Fitzgerald, R, Jaworski A. and Housley W. (2008) Generating News: Agenda Setting in Radio Broadcast News. In Marcel Burger (Ed.), L'analyse linguistique des discours des médias : théories, méthodes et enjeux Entre sciences du langage et sciences de la communication et des médias, Québec, Nota Bene.

Housley, W., Fitzgerald, R. (2007) Categorisation, Interaction, Policy and Debate. Critical Discourse Studies. Vol. 4, No. 2, pp. 187–206

Fitzgerald, R. (2007) An Initial Investigation into the Role of Talkback in Hong Kong and Singapore. Media International Australia. no 124 pp 87-96.

Austin, H, Fitzgerald R. (2007) Resisting Categorisation. An Ordinary Mother. Australian Research in Applied Linguistics 30 (3): pp 36.1–36.13.

Fitzgerald R, Housley, W, (2007) Talkback Community and the Public Sphere. Media International Australia. No 122, pp 150-163

Fitzgerald, R. and Housley, W (2006) Category, Motive and Accounts: Devolution in Wales. In John Wilson and Karen Stapleton Devolution and Identity. Ashgate. Pp 111-126

Fitzgerald, R. The language of Radio (2006) Oxford Encyclopaedia of language and Linguistics. Elsevier.

Jaworski, A, Fitzgerald, R. Constantinou, O. (2005) Busy Saying Nothing New: Live Silence in TV Reporting of 9/11. Multilingua 24 121-144.

Thornborrow, J, Fitzgerald, R. (2004) Storying the Event. Communication Review 7/4345-352

Jaworski, A Fitzgerald, R. Morris, D (2004) Radio leaks: Presenting and contesting leaks in radio news broadcasts. Journalism, Theory and Practice 5/2: 183-202.

Jaworski, A, Fitzgerald, R. Morris, D., Galasinski, D. (2003) Beyond Recency: The Discourse of the Future in BBC Radio News. Journal of Belgian English Language and Literatures. 1:61-72

Housley W, Fitzgerald, R. (2003) Moral Discrepancy and Political Discourse: Accountability and the Allocation of Blame in a Political News Interview. Sociological Research Online. Vol. 8 no 2.

Jaworski, A, Fitzgerald, R. Morris, D (2003) Certainty and Speculation in Broadcast News Reporting of the Future: The Execution of Timothy McVeigh. Discourse Studies. 5(1). 33-49

Fitzgerald, R. Housley. W (2002) Identity, categorisation and sequential organisation: the sequential and categorial flow of identity in a radio phone-in. Discourse and Society 13(5): 579-602.

Housley. W, Fitzgerald, R. (2002) National Identity, Categorisation and Debate. In S. Hester, and W. Housley. (eds.) Language, Interaction and National Identity. Ashgate Press.

Thornborrow. J, Fitzgerald, R. (2002) From problematic object to routine ‘add-on’: dealing with e-mails in radio phone-ins. Discourse Studies 4(2) 201-224.

Housley, W, Fitzgerald, R. (2002) A Reconsidered model of Membership Categorisation Analysis. Qualitative Research 2(1) 59-84.

Housley. W., Fitzgerald, R. (2001) Categorisation, Narrative and Devolution in Wales. Sociological Research Online. 6.

Housley. W, Fitzgerald, R. (2000). Ethnomethodology and PractitionerBased Research. Ethnographic Studies. 1 (4).

Hester. S, Fitzgerald, R. (1999) Category, Predicate and Contrast: Some Organisational Features in a Radio Talk Show. In Jalbert. P. (Ed) MediaStudies : Ethnomethodological Approaches. SECA. UPA.


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