Research Grant Scheme

The Journalism Education and Research Association of Australia is pleased to announce that our Research Grant scheme will operate again in 2020. Up to $6000 is available to a journalism or media scholar at early or mid-career stage (up to 15 years post-PhD) to support a research project in the field of journalism studies.

The grant will assist the successful applicant to conduct a small-scale research project with outcomes that can be delivered in 2 years, or by June 2022. The aim of this scheme is to assist journalism and media scholars to illustrate their capacity to design/manage a project, boost their research profile, and increase leverage when applying for future research funding.

We particularly welcome applications that are designed to build track record and that may lead to subsequent larger competitive grant applications.

NOTE: This research award constitutes external research funding and is highly valued in larger research grant schemes, applications for promotion, etc. It is common practice for institutions to ‘keep’ a portion of external grant money as an administration fee – but given the relatively small size of the funds granted, the applicant should liaise with relevant personnel/sections within their university to ensure that only a small (if any) administration fee will be applied by the university to administer the grant.

 Who can apply?

You may apply for the JERAA Research Grant if you:

  • are a member of the JERAA (you may join JERAA in order to apply, or within one month of the submission of the application);
  • have commenced or completed studies at doctoral level,
  • have not previously applied for the award, and
  • submit your application by July 24, 2020 addressing all questions in the application guidelines

Email your application to JERAA’s Vice President Research, Associate Professor Fiona Martin: fiona.martin@sydney.edu.au

Applications for this grant will be assessed by a panel of three scholars, comprised of two members of the JERAA Executive, and one external assessor.

The Application

The application should be comprised of three parts:

1. A three-page project outline of your proposed research. This should include a brief overview of key literature, outline your research methodology and the proposed outputs of the project. Key sub-headings to be used are outlined in the Application Guidelines (see also below).

2. A brief (max. one page) budget which outlines the planned expenditure for the project. Budget items might include, for example: research assistance, travel to complete fieldwork, costs associated with running a workshop or symposium if that is a proposed output, or travel to carry out collaborative meetings with research

3. A research CV (max four pages) which outlines your publications, previous or current grants, and research service positions. You may include publications that are forthcoming only if they have been ‘Accepted’ for publication.

Evaluation Criteria

Applications will be evaluated on the basis of:

  • the benefits of your research to the practice, education, scholarship or theory relating to Australian journalism, or the practice of journalism globally;
  • the coherence and merit of your proposed topic of research;
  • the clarity, relevance and strength of your research methodology as a tool for reaching your specified goals;
  • the potential impact and significance of your intended outcomes;
  • your track record or relevant skills in the particular area of research;
  • indicators that the size and scale of the project is realistic for the budget that is allocated;
  • indicators that the timeline is realistic, and the project can be completed within the 24 month deadline;
  • indicators that you will be able to use the research to launch, develop, extend or otherwise benefit your journalism research activities;
  • plans to submit articles or other outcomes to peer-reviewed scholarly journals or venues of equivalent quality; and/or the potential of the project to develop in to an application for larger grant funding

Conditions of the Grant

Successful applicants will fulfil the following conditions:

  • Submission of a brief progress report to the JERAA Vice President (Research) by February 31, 2021 of no more than 500 words detailing your progress towards project goals.
  • Submission of a final report to the JERAA Vice President (Research) President by 30 April This will include a statement of up to 500 words about the project’s execution and what it has achieved. You will also add a budget statement that indicates how you have used the funds that have been allocated to you.
  • Submission of peer-reviewed research articles and/or HERDC-eligible creative/professional practice work based on project findings prior to 30 June 2022. One article should be submitted to the Australian Journalism
  • Presentation of research findings at the following JERAA conference, or in cases where you and the JERAA President agree that this is not feasible, in an article submitted to Australian Journalism
  • When any research outcomes are published in any form, you will include an acknowledgement of JERAA’s funding and support.

All applicants must follow the Application Guidelines including the applicant declarations or their applications will not be considered for the award.

 

2019 Research Award Winner: Maxine Newlands

Project: “How has journalistic practice shaped public knowledge of the Great Barrier Reef: A discourse analysis of the media clippings 2003-2018”.

Dr Newland’s project was approved for funding by our assessment panel.

The judging panel was JERAA Research VP Professor Susan Forde,  JERAA President Dr Alex Wake and our external assessor, Associate Professor Jane Johnston from the University of Queensland.

Previous winners:

Dr Peter English –  A typology of Australian sports journalism

Dr Deb Anderson – Courting Disaster: cyclone reporting in a climate change world

Dr Stephanie Brooks – Checking the Facts: The impact of new sources of political information on ‘legacy’ election coverage in Australia and the United States

Dr Sue Joseph and Dr Carolyn Rickett – The Ethical HDR Supervision of Literary Journalism: managing long form trauma narrative within the Australian tertiary sector

Dr Caroline Fisher – Press Secretary to Press Gallery: managing conflict of interest and perceptions of partisanship

Dr Folker Hanusch – Examining the influence of journalists’ professional views on news content

Dr Lisa Waller – Developing a Southern approach to the study of news media and Indigeneity

Dr Kathryn Bowd – Left Behind or Making their Own Way?: online and interactive communication and small-town newspaper journalists’ professional practice

Dr Colleen Murrell – Australian and Canadian Public Service Broadcasting: an investigation of international newsgathering capabilities on restricted budgets

Dr Zala Volcic – Continuous Battle: the relationship between journalists and politicians in Slovenia.

 

JERAA Research Grants

Up to $6000 is available to a journalism or media scholar at early or mid-career stage (up to 15 years post-PhD) to support a research project in the field of journalism studies.

The grant will assist the successful applicant to conduct a small-scale research project with outcomes that can be delivered in 2 years, or by 30 April 2020. The aim of this scheme is to assist journalism and media scholars to illustrate their capacity to design/manage a project, boost their research profile, and increase leverage when applying for future research funding.

We particularly welcome applications that are designed to build track record and that may lead to subsequent larger competitive grant applications.

NOTE: This research award constitutes external research funding. Given the relatively small size of the funds granted, the applicant should liaise with relevant personnel/sections within their University to ensure that only a small (if any) administration fee will be applied by the university to administer the grant.

Who can apply?

You may apply for the JERAA Research Grant if you:

  • are a member of the JERAA (you may join JERAA in order to apply);
  • have commenced or completed studies at doctoral level,
  • have not previously applied for the award, and
  • submit your application addressing all questions in the application
  • guidelines below

History of the Grants

The grants commenced in 2011, following evidence in current research that pointed to a gap in opportunities for mid-career journalism academics to develop the research outcomes and profile needed to advance themselves into the professoriate and other higher levels of Australian universities. Compared to the overall profile of Australian academics, journalism academics are disproportionately clustered at Levels B and C. Many journalism academics spend most of their time teaching, striving with some success to be research active, and with less than average opportunities for promotion to a professorial position (Bromley, forthcoming). The research indicates a need to support further development of critical research within the journalism academy, with particular attention to the fact that research activity appears to stall at Senior Lecturer level (Bromley and Neal 2011, p. 67). Consequently, at the end of 2011, two research grants were offered to mid-career journalism academics.

No evidence has come to light that the situation described above has shifted significantly. Until evidence pointing to greater movement beyond Senior Lecturer level in the field of journalism research, JERAA will keep offering the research grants to mid-career journalism academics.

 

References

Bromley, M. (2014). Field maturation in journalism: The role of hackademics as a ‘motley crew’. International Journal of Cultural Studies, 17(1), 3-19. doi: 10.1177/1367877913483423

Bromley, M. (2013). The ‘new majority’ and the academization of journalism. Journalism: theory, practice and criticism. doi: 10.1177/1464884912453285

Michael Bromley and Regan Neal (2011) ‘Publishing, participation and productivity among journalist-academics in the era of ERA’, Australian Journalism Review, 33(1): 55-72.

*At times the grant will be reviewed and the JERAA Executive may opt to not issue calls during the review.

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