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Project status: Completed

Community arts, community broadcasting and Indigenous media producers all face the challenge of digital media and user led innovation. This project brings these systems together to test how existing infrastructure and new media affordances can be combined to stimulate broad-based innovation through creative participation.

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Australian Research Council - Linkage Scheme



Research leader
Research team
QUT External collaborators

Prof John Hartley

Dr Ellie Rennie

Caitlin Vaughan

Helen Simondson

Jodie Bell

Rod Scott

Organisational unit
Lead unit Faculty of Creative Industries Other units
Start date
1 June 2011
End date
30 June 2014
Research areas
Media, Film and Television, Community Arts, Community Media, Creative Practice, Digital Storytelling


Dr Christina Spurgeon


Phone: +61 7 3138 8184



In an exciting era of user-generated content and massive media change there seem to be more opportunities than ever before for people to make and distribute their own media, but there are still major obstacles to population-wide creative participation in digital culture.

This national project brings together a team of expert researchers and leading agencies in community arts, community media and Indigenous media, to explore how these sectors are responding to the challenge of participatory digital media and user-led innovation. In particular, the project focuses on uses of Digital Storytelling production techniques, and other emerging co-creative methods of media production.

The core hypothesis is that existing community arts and media agencies have significant potential to facilitate creative participation in digital media culture across the breadth of Australian communities, but that there are also impediments to be addressed.

Through a series of field experiments and demonstrator projects, this research is considering how the value of co-creative media can be optimized through existing community infrastructure; and how knowledge about co-creative methods and outputs can be accessed and propagated in Industry Partner networks.



Australia Council for the Arts

Australian Centre for the Moving Image

Community Broadcasting Association of Australia

Goolarri Media Enterprises

31 Digital: Queensland Community Television

Swinburne University of Technology

Curtin University of Technology

Publications and output

Journal Articles

Rennie, E. & Potts, J. (2012). ‘Diamonds, pearls and Kimberley Girls: without shame in the north-west.’ Griffith Review, 36.

Vivienne, S. & Burgess, J. (2012). The digital storyteller's stage: Queer everyday activists negotiating privacy and publicness. Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media, 56(3), 362-377.

Spurgeon, C. (2013). ‘Talking Turkey. Digital Storytelling goes to Ankara in 2013.’ Asia-Pacific Creative Industries Landing Pad Inflight Magazine.

Book Chapters

Spurgeon, C. (under submission). Broadcasting digital stories on Australian community television: the Digistories Anthology. Carmen Gregori Signes & María Alcantud Díaz (Eds.) Experiencing Digital Storytelling. University of Valencia.

Conference Papers

Gattenhof, S., Bourke, L. & Spurgeon, C. (convener) (2011). ‘More than just Audiences.’ Panel presented at Engaging Youth Audiences, Australia Council for the Arts, 17 November, Sydney, Australia.

Klaebe, H. & Van Luyn, A. (2011). ‘Training the public to collection oral histories in our community: The OHAA Queensland chapter's model.’ Presented at Oral History Association of Australia Conference, 7-9 October, State Library of Victoria, Melbourne.

Klaebe, H. (2011). ‘New evaluation methodologies for public art programs.’ Presented at Artspoken, Queensland Regional Arts and Culture Conference 2011, Arts Queensland, 13-14 October, Bundaberg.

Spurgeon, C. (2011). ‘Community media Arts: facilitating engagement and social participation.’ Presented at Community Broadcasting Association of Australia annual conference, 18 November, Gold Coast, Australia.

Spurgeon, C., Rennie, E., & Fung, Y. (2011). ‘Community participation in the development of digital radio: The Australian experience.’ In C. Abad (Ed.), Record of the Communications Policy and Research Forum 2011 (166-179). Sydney: Network Insight Institute.

Public Events

Co-Creative Communities: Forum and Lab. (2012)

Public forum and practitioner lab held at Australian Centre for the Moving Image, 8-9 November, Melbourne.


Rennie, E. (2012). Kimberley Girl 2012 Co-creative Media Trial, Derby Heat. Report to Goolarri Media Enterprises.

Rennie, E. & Potts, J. (2011). Goolarri Media’s ‘Kimberley Girl’: Program Evaluation and Recommendations, October 2011. Report to Goolarri Media Enterprises.