JERAA Conference 2023 Call for Papers


The University of Technology Sydney is proud to announce that it will be hosting the annual conference of the Journalism Education and Research Association of Australia. The call for papers is now open. The conference will be held from 5-7 December with a pre-conference day for ECRs and HDRs on Monday 4 December.

Conference Title: Questions in journalism – Community & Control, Conflict & Crises

Host: UTS Journalism University of Technology Sydney

Overview: In a time of social, technological & political upheaval, society depends on journalists to ask the difficult questions, uncover the knowledge we need, listen to & amplify diverse voices, and help people make sense of events. Journalists must grapple with issues of power & control, and report in crises & conflicts. Behind and among them are Australia’s journalism educators aiming to equip our students with the skills and values, technologies, and relationships they need to excel.

The JERAA conference is the space in which we inspire each other to innovate and interrogate, investigate and explore our field, practice, and pedagogy to build a stronger and more autonomous profession.  We invite you to share your discoveries in the classroom and the research space, in theory and in practice. Together we can empower future generations of journalists to keep the profession strong and vigilant in the face of challenges to autonomy, trust and excellence.

We are now calling for abstracts and panel proposals that speak to the 2023 conference themes or explore issues in journalism education, research or practice.


  • Community
    • Voice, listening & citizen journalism in a multicultural society
    • Coverage & capacity for reporting on a First Nations Voice to Parliament
    • Diversity & equity in news, newsrooms and classrooms
    • Advocacy & inclusion in the journalistic workforce
    • Developments in truth, Treaty & reconciliation
  • Control
    • Media freedom, regulation & Accreditation
    • Journalism, journalism education & AI (ChatGPT, DALL-E, Bard, Ernie, & beyond)
    • Pluralism & populism in a platform society
    • Copyright
    • The news media bargaining code
    • Comedy & satire in news and journalism education
  • Conflict
    • Ethics in war & conflict reporting
    • Peace journalism
    • Constructive news
  • Crises
    • Global journalism, mental health & trauma
    • Data journalism, trust & debate in climate and health crises
    • Covering extremism

Keynote speakers (to date)

Dr Amy McQuire, Indigenous Post-Doctoral Fellow, Queensland University of Technology

Associate Professor Johan Lidberg, Professor  of Journalism Monash University

Professor Colleen Murrell, Professor of Journalism, Dublin City University

Associate Professor Jake Lynch, Associate Professor Discipline of Sociology and Criminology.

(More to come) 


Submissions for papers and panels can be sent to the conference email address:

Deadline: Monday July 3 Tuesday August 1.


Individual abstracts should be no more than 300 words, including title, author/s and affiliation, author bio, abstract and keywords.


Panel proposals should include a 200-word overview, with 200 words from each participant on their contribution, as well as a panel title, author/s and affiliation and keywords.

The editors of Australian Journalism Review will be inviting a selection of the best conference papers to be considered for publication in a special conference issue.

Please visit the conference website for updates:

If you have further questions, please contact the conference chair Dr Catriona Bonfiglioli via