Key associations concerned with the study or preservation of media history covering film, radio, sound recordings, newspapers and journalism.

Australian and New Zealand

Australian Council of Film Societies

Existing groups or individuals interested in starting a film society can request information and advice from the State Federations of Film Societies or ACOFS (the parent body). They provide information, advice and services that are not available to the individual. Among the benefits available through ACOFS are:

  • A film insurance scheme to protect against loss or damage of film
  • Film distribution arrangements to reduce the cost of film hire and freight
  • A voucher system for the use of the AFI Research and Information Library
  • Other services include film weekends, film appraisal screenings and the publication of newsletters.

Australian Film Institute | Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts

The Australian Film Institute (AFI) was established in 1958 when the AFI held Australia’s first ever film excellence Awards – the AFI Awards – and since then has remained committed to connecting Australian and international audiences with great Australian film and television content.
The Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) was launched by the AFI in August 2011 following a 12 month review and consultation.
The primary role of AACTA is to recognise, encourage, promote and celebrate film and television excellence in Australia through the nation's highest screen accolades – the AACTA Awards.
The AACTA Awards, a continuum of the AFI Awards, are the Australian screen industry’s ‘stamp of success’ – the Australian equivalent of the Oscars and the BAFTAs.
AFI | AACTA, a not for profit organisation, has two important membership streams.

AFI membership is open to all, and provides the Australian public and international audiences a unique opportunity to connect with and show their support for the Australian screen industry.
AACTA serves as Australia’s most prestigious film and television member body, and is overseen by AACTA President, Geoffrey Rush, and an Honorary Council comprising more than 50 of Australia's most outstanding film and television practitioners and performers.

Australian Historical Association

The AHA was founded in 1973 and is the premier national organisation of historians - academic, professional and other - working in all fields of history. Its members number more than 800, including universities, libraries and other affiliates. AHA conferences are held annually and a number of prizes, awards and honorary fellowships are offered. The Executive Committee of the AHA draws its members from all over the country, while its Secretariat is currently supported by the University of Melbourne. The AHA’s refereed journal, History Australia, is published by Monash University Publishing. The AHA is a rapidly growing institution and membership brings many benefits. These include automatic print and online subscription to History Australia, which is produced three times/year; access to the AHA email network; and rights to present at AHA conferences and to discounted registrations.

Australian Newspaper History Group

The Australian Newspaper History Group is an informal network of people who fill one or more of the following categories:

  • They are interested in the history of Australian newspapers.
  • They appreciate the value of newspapers for the history they provide.
  • They want to know about current developments in newspapers.
  • They work, or have worked, in the industry.

The ANHG publishes a lively Newsletter (generally 20 A4 pages) five times a year that covers current developments (metropolitan and national; online newspapers; and provincial and community); newspaper history; and recently published books, theses and articles. Publication began in October 1999 and ten issues appeared by the end of 2000. Since then, five issues have appeared each year. Indexes were published for the first twenty-five issues and then the first fifty issues. Historic newspaper photos have been published in most issues since Number 50, generally at the top of Page 1. From Issue 44, the Newsletter has included a designated section on current developments in online news reporting and presentation. The Newsletter subscribers include the National Library of Australia and most State Libraries. The newsletter is available free to electronic subscribers and for a fee to hard-copy subscribers.

The ANHG has also published eleven books related to Australian newspaper history. State, national and international inquiries about Australian newspaper history are frequently forwarded to the ANHG for information and advice. The ANHG has also contributed the select chronology of Australian newspaper events, dating from 1802, that appears on the ANPlan link accessed through the National Library of Australia website. Here is the link to the newspaper chronology at the NLA, now updated to the end of 2011:

Contact the editor, Rod Kirkpatrick, via email at

You can download the ANHG Newsletters and select publications here.

Australian and New Zealand Communication Association (ANZCA)

ANZCA has been the peak professional association for communication researchers, teachers, and practitioners in Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand since 1980. In recent years, ANZCA’s brief has gone global, with strong links established with our counterparts in Asia, Europe and North America. The Association encourages and promotes scholarship in the broad field of communication teaching and research and supports vital forums for communicating research. These include an annual conference. ANZCA full members are eligible for discounted conference registration fees, and receive complimentary subscription to the Media International Australia journal.

Australian Old Time Radio Shows Group

Members of the Australian Old Time Radio Shows group are interested in listening to, researching and documenting the Golden Years of Australian Radio, normally accepted as the period from the 1923 to 1960s (inclusive). The group has many ongoing projects including construction of a series/serial database and a programming database; researching radio programme exports; collecting radio transcription discs; and collecting Radio Club and general radio related documents and ephemera.

Australian Series and Serials DATABASE

The database of Australian Series and Serials is a special project undertaken by our Chief Researcher, Moris Sztajer, who has achieved some amazing results in the last couple of years. This website and the search engines that you find on the site are a testimony to Moris’s research skills. Currently the database stands at over 3,158 Australian series and serials.

Radio Transcriptions

Several of the members collect radio transcriptions and have done so for several decades. Transcription discs are like LPs and were made for radio station use only. This was how the radio production houses moved the series/serials to the studio, apart from live performances of course. Transcription discs were meant to be destroyed after use, some times a single use and other times they were licensed for a period. Fortunately not all were destroyed and we owe this heritage to those who protected the discs.


Several members collect books, documents, photos, ephemera from the Golden Years of Australian radio. We will bring these to you on this website. All these items assist us in documenting Australian radio shows as well as radio stations and all the people involved.

Australasian Sound Recordings Association, Victoria, Australia

Aims of ASRA:

  • To initiate and encourage activities that develop and improve the organisation, administration and contents of recorded sound collections, in the Australasian (i.e. the South West Pacific) region;
  • To strengthen the bonds of co-operation between individual collectors, sound archives and institutions which preserve documents of recorded sound;
  • To study all techniques relevant to the work of sound archives and other institutions which preserve documents of recorded sound and to disseminate the results of such studies;
  • To encourage, especially in the Australasian region, the exchange of sound recordings and of all information relating to sound recordings;
  • To encourage projects designed to promote the standard of sound archiving in the Australasian region;
  • To stimulate and further by every means the preparation and dissemination of inventories based on recorded sound collections in the Australasian region.

ASRA is also responsible for the publication of the Australasian Sound Archive. The bi-annual journal features papers by fellow professionals in the sound and archival industries and often includes papers delivered at the ASRA annual conference.

Australian Radio and Audio Researchers Association

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Contact: Dr John Tebbutt

The Journalism Education and Research Association of Australia Incorporated

The Journalism Education and Research Association of Australia Incorporated (JEAA Inc) aims to:

  • Raise the standard of teaching in journalism.
  • Collect and disseminate information about journalism education.
  • Develop closer relations with the mass media and professional associations.
  • Promote the views of the association.
  • Foster research.
  • Promote freedom of expression and communication.

Membership of the Association is available to any full-time teacher in the field of journalism in a tertiary institution, part-time members of academic staff primarily teaching journalism, those teaching courses ancillary to journalism, teachers of journalism/media at secondary schools, or others who may be admitted by the Association’s Executive, provided that they subscribe to the ideals and objectives of the Association.

Radio Heritage Foundation

We’re sharing the stories of Pacific radio. More than anywhere else in the world, radio found an easy home here, conquering vast distances of ocean, and connecting the scattered islands with each other in much the same way early Polynesian seafarers used the sea itself as their main means of communication. We are based in Wellington, New Zealand.

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Radioinfo is a website for radio industry broadcast professionals and has been operating for more than 15 years.
Our readers are made up of people working in all facets of radio, commercial, community and government. We also have large contingents of readers that are consultants and providers to the industry, students, expatriates and overseas enthusiasts, media people in general and students.

Our site features the latest Australian and international radio industry news, radio job ads for announcers, producers, panel operators, journalists, reporters, creative copywriters, sales, program directors, managers and many other job categories. To find out the latest news and jobs in radio today, we are your one stop shop.

You can also find show prep, airplay data, analysis and strategy information about all Australia’s radio networks, plus the latest on how radio is responding to internet radio, podcasting, digital radio, social media and other new trends facing radio in the twenty first century.

Wireless House, Glebe

Internationally renowned sound-artist Nigel Helyer and his team from 'Sonic Objects; Sonic Architecture' are breathing life back into the historic Wireless House located in Glebe's Foley Park. Glebe's Wireless House was a unique place for the community to enjoy listening to daily radio programmes, it operated from 1934 until the early fifties. The Wireless House Project aims to 're-sound', or add sound back into the structure, creating a contemporary version of its original social function.


British and Irish Sound Archives

The purpose of BISA is to facilitate the exchange of information on all practical aspects of audio archiving in the United Kingdom, the Republic of Ireland, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man, and to co-ordinate activity deemed by the membership to be in support of their professional interests. A new service launched in May 2014 and maintained by BISA, the Directory of British and Irish Sound Archives contains collection descriptions, information on access arrangements and contact details for sound collections.

Cinema and Television History (CATH) Research Centre at De Montfort University, Leicester, UK

The CATH Centre is currently home to three major AHRC and Leverhulme funded research projects, the Hammer Script Archive and the Sir Norman Wisdom Collection, and over 30 researchers.

International Association for Media and History

The International Association for Media and History is an organisation of filmmakers, broadcasters, archivists and scholars dedicated to historical inquiry into film, radio, television, and related media. We encourage scholarly research into the relations between history and the media as well as the production of historically informed documentaries, television series, and other media texts.

The organisation publishes the quarterly Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television.

International Federation of Film Archives

The International Federation of Film Archives (FIAF) brings together institutions dedicated to rescuing films both as cultural heritage and as historical documents.

Founded in Paris in 1938, FIAF is a collaborative association of the world's leading film archives whose purpose has always been to ensure the proper preservation and showing of motion pictures. Today, more than 150 archives in over 77 countries collect, restore, and exhibit films and cinema documentation spanning the entire history of film.

Research Centre for the History of Broadcasting in Northern Germany

The Research Centre for the History of Broadcasting in Northern Germany is a cooperative project of the Hans Bredow Institute with the University of Hamburg (Department of Languages, Literature and Media I) and the Norddeutscher Rundfunk (North-German Broadcasting Corporation). Its objective is to analyse media historical processes. To do so, scientific research projects are conducted. Furthermore the cooperative project advances close collaboration between media providers and scientific researchers, and strengthens the cooperation with the University of Hamburg and other research facilities in the field of media-historical studies and teaching.

Media History Exchange

The Media History Exchange is a project funded by the National Endowment of the Humanities to create an archive and social network for media historians working in different disciplines. The Media History Exchange is administered by Elliot King (Loyola University Maryland), the long-time organizer of this conference, and is hosted by the library of Loyola University Maryland.

The Media and Communication History Committee of the Canadian Historical Association

Established in 2009, our goal is to promote media and communication history in Canada. Operating in both official languages, the MCHC welcomes scholars from any discipline who are interested in studying any aspect of Canadian media and communication history as well as those based in Canada who are working on the media and communication history of other parts of the world. The committee also welcomes those interested in how history is represented in the media.

Research Society for Victorian Periodicals

A lively and collegial group dedicated to the study of the world's first mechanized "mass" press--newspapers, magazines, and other serial publications--that came into being in 19th-century Britain and its Empire. Members of RSVP are involved in the study of British literature and society, as well as in the emerging fields of book history and media history.

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