2016 Conference Archive

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Queensland University of Technology, 2 December

The 2016 JERAA Conference featured the launch of new educational resources for journalism educators, including:

  • the Australian Press Council's case studies about the Council's standards and how they are applied (contact Michael Rose to obtain the curriculum package)
  • Our Watch's curriculum package for best practice in reporting on domestic violence and other violence against women and their children (contact Jess Strickland to obtain the curriculum package)
  • the Global Work Ready initiative that offers resources for journalism and communication students preparing for international field trips
  • You, the Citizen Photographer: Telling Visual Stories about visual literacy and telling stories through photographs,

Reports were presented about developments in and evaluations the Reporting Islam project and Mindframe resources for reporting on mental health and suicide.

The keynote presentation by Walkley Award finalists, ABC Four Corners' reporter Marian Wilkinson and Australian Financial Review journalist Neil Chenoweth, was sponsored by QUT and MEAA. The pair releaved the inside story of how the study of 11.5 million files, leaked from the Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca, illuminated the machinations of a shadowy financial system that allows public officials and other wealth, famous or powerful people to shift capital to places where it can't be found by governments and tax agtencies.

Presenters in parallel sessions also shared research findings about issues arising from new financial, technological and professional directions in journalism, plus a range of other issues affecing quality in journalism and journalism education.

The Ossie Awards were presented and featured two new categories in 2016--the John Newfong Award for Indigenous Reporting and the Student of the Year Award. The new prizes bring the total number of Ossie Award categories to 18.

Networking continued at the Walkley Awards Gala Dinner, which replaced the regular conference dinner.





Auckland University of Technology, Auckland, 13 July 2016

The Preconference to the World Journalism Education Congress brought together journalism trainers, educators, researchers and students from around the world. 

Media ethicist Stephen Ward presented a keynote on issues relating to global media ethics. Another highlight was the panel on Reporting Corruption in the Pacific. Other Preconference presentations addressed a wide range of issues affecting journalism and journalism education. Other sessions focussed on issues affecting journalism research and education in Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific. Newcomers to journalism education, training, and research presented in specially badged panels and attended a Career Development worshop. Further details are in the Preconference Program.

JERAA convened the one-day Preconference in partnership with the Pacific Media Centre (AUT) and Media Educators Pacific, to precede the three-day WJEC on 14-16 July 2016. For 2016, the one-day Conference on 2 December, in combination with the WJEC Preconference of 13 July, replaced JERAA's annual three-day conference that is usually held at the end of each year.



Congratulations to Fiona Martin (University of Sydney), who won a JERAA Award for the best Australian paper at the WJEC. Fiona’s paper was titled 'What’s not to like? genre and topicality in news sharing on Facebook and Twitter'.

Julie Posetti (Fairfax Media/University of Wollongong) was highly commended for her presentation, 'Protecting Journalism Sources in the Digital Age: Implications of a major UNESCO study for journalism education and training'.

JERAA’s annual conference scholarship for postgraduate students went to Nicole Gooch (Monash University). Nicole presented her paper, 'Environmental Risks and the Media—A Case Study of Brazil’s Samarco and New Caledonia’s Goro Mining Disasters', at the Preconference.

JERAA offered two additional, one-off travel bursaries in 2016 to support students to attend the Preconference and WJEC. The bursaries were awarded to Ellen Nielsen (Queensland University of Technology) and Rosanne Peach (Queensland University of Technology), who both presented papers at the Preconference.