Research Grant Scheme

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 scretary to press gallery: managing conflict of interest and preceptions 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, 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.



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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