Andrea Carson is Associate Professor in the Department of Politics, Media and Philosophy at La Trobe University. Her research examines politics and the media – with special interests in digital media, investigative journalism and the media's role in a democracy and political communication. She has done extensive research on journalism, Australian politics, party representation, election campaigns and digital media. Andrea holds a PhD in Political Science and an MA in International Politics from The University of Melbourne. She has taught courses on political communication, news media and politics and campaigns and elections. She has worked previously as a print journalist (The Age), online, radio (ABC, RRR) and TV (producer 7.30).