JERAA Teaching Award

Phil Kafcaloudes has won the inaugural JERAA Teaching Award for his outstanding work in coordinating the coverage of “Election 2019”.

RMIT Industry Fellow Kafcaloudes was the executive producer for the 120-strong team for the three-hour program that was broadcast on Community Television and The Junction’s website. The show included students from more than 20 universities across Australia.

The judging panel was comprised of national teaching citation and award winners Professor Trevor Cullen (ECU), Teaching Fellow Caroline Graham (Bond), and Associate Professor Kristy Hess (Deakin).

Kafcaloudes wins a $2000 prize for his work on “Election 2019”.

The JERAA Teaching award was introduced to recognise outstanding work undertaken by journalism educators.

JERAA Teaching Award


JERAA has introduced a teaching award to recognise outstanding work undertaken by journalism educators. This is considered important in a discipline that encourages practical, outward-facing, engaged, and authentic approaches to learning and teaching. This award will recognise journalism educators who are improving teaching and learning experiences for students in a fast-paced media society,

Who can apply?

There are two categories of awards

  • Full-time staff member – $2000 prize

For academics teaching into recognised journalism programs employed in an ongoing capacity, or holding a fixed-term contract of more than a year.

  • Sessional/casual staff member – $1000 prize

For staff teaching into a recognised journalism program, with support from a HoS or equivalent confirming their role is sessional/casual.

Applicants must be a member of JERAA (you may join JERAA in order to apply).


Applications will be evaluated by a panel of leading journalism educators on the basis of:

  • Innovation, authenticity, impact and engagement in teaching techniques and/or projects that motivate students
  • Fostering a deeper understanding of journalism through education, and contributing to broader society
  • Demonstrating transformational approaches to understanding journalism and its practice, and/or the application of theoretical elements through journalism education
  • Commitment to the growth of journalism education.
  • The applicant’s reputation and standing within journalism education

Evidence to support the criteria can include (but is not limited to):

  • Grants and/or publications that enhance the scholarship of learning in journalism education
  • Support from Deputy VC (Education) or equivalent
  • Recommendations on the innovation of the teaching techniques
  • Peer and student feedback on the effectiveness of the learning activities

The Application (Please note applications for the 2019 award are now closed)

The application should include:

An overview of two pages (maximum) of the teaching techniques and/or project in response to the criteria.

A brief budget of what the award will be spent on.

  • For example, a research assistant, teaching buyout, conference travel, travel for a collaborative meeting, or a research-in-teaching project.

A teaching-focused CV which outlines your teaching roles and responsibilities, publications, grants, and education history. (You may include publications that are forthcoming only if they have been ‘Accepted’ for publication.)

JERAA hails Judith Neilson Institute Constructive Journalism Project
read more
JERAA condemns Education Minister’s reckless plan to increase university fees 
read more