On World Press Freedom Day, the Journalism Education and Research Association of Australia (JERAA) applauds those who champion freedom of expression and support media around the world.
Congratulations John Henningham
John Henningham of Brisbane’s JSchool has been acknowledged for his 40 years of service by being awarded the Clarion for Most Outstanding Contribution to Journalism. The Courier Mail reports: The judges commented: “It is difficult to over-emphasise the impact that John Henningham has had on Australian journalism… John broke ground by gaining the first Australian doctorate in journalism and becoming the country’s first journalism professor, then continued his pioneering work with JSchool, which for decades has imparted the professional skills that young journalists need, coupled with rigorous academic teaching.”
JERAA expert witnesses at the Senate Inquiry
JERAA Executive members Angela Romano, Alex Wake and Colleen Murrell provided evidence at the Senate Select Committee on the Future of Public Interest Journalism on 11 July 2017.
The JERAA executive subsequently submitted a summary of research about the impact of public broadcasting, in response to a question on notice about the activities of the ABC and SBS, in particular their effect on the financial well-being of private media. The summary of research is available through the Future of Public Interest Journalism website.
This follows a full submission from the JERAA Executive addressing three key terms of reference.
JERAA member statement about the decision by the Walkley Awards Committee to scrap the ‘International Journalism’ category from the 2017 Awards
Members of JERAA have written to the Walkley Awards Committee to express their objection to the decision to exclude the category of ‘International Journalism’ from this year’s Walkley Awards. Read the full statement here.
The Pacific Media Centre's report on the issue can be found here
JERAA Submission to Senate Inquiry
The JERAA Executive has lodged a submission to the Senate Select Committee that is inquiring into the Future of Public Interest Journalism. The submission focusses on three terms of reference:
- ensuring a viable, independent and diverse service;
- the future of public and community broadcasters in delivering public interest journalism, particularly in underserviced markets like regional Australia, and culturally and linguistically diverse communities;
- examination of ‘fake news’, propaganda, and public disinformation
Geoff Craig wins Anne Dunn Scholar Award
Prof Geoff Craig, Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand impressed the 2017 award judging panel with his extensive research portforlio.
JERAA president Matthew Ricketson said: "The judges for the Anne Dunn scholar award this year were pleased by the continuing development of the breadth and depth of the entries. This is not only a fitting tribute to the lasting influence of Anne Dunn but demonstrates advances made in scholarly work in the field of communication and journalism”. Read more.
Deb Anderson awarded the 2017 JERAA grant
Dr Deb Anderson, School of Media, Film and Journalism at Monash unversity has been awarded the 2017 JERRA research grant. Read more.
Global journalism ethics in spotlight at
JERAA Preconference to WJEC
Prof Stephen Ward called on journalists and journalism educators to promote global journalism ethics, rather than parochial journalism ethics. Prof Ward, Distinguished Lecturer in Ethics at the University of British Columbia, was the keynote speeaker at the JERAA and Pacific Media Preconference in Auckland on 13 July 2016.
The Preconference also featured panels on media coverage of mass shootings, reporting of corruption in the Pacifc (live streamed), and assessment of journalism research. There was also a workshop for early career journalism academics, and papers addressing a wide range of subjects affecting journalism, journalism education and journalism research.
The Preconference was convened by a partnership of JERAA, the Pacific Media Centre (Auckland University of Technology) and Media Educators Pacific. It preceded the World Journalism Education Congress of 14-16 July 2016.