JERAA 2019 is proud to feature leading thinkers in journalism research, practice and education from Australia and overseas. The keynote speakers are:

  • Nikki Usher

    Nikki Usher is an Associate Professor at The George Washington University’s School of Media and Public Affairs. Research and teaching interests focus on the transforming world of digital media, from journalism to big data to information and communication technologies (ICTs). Her background in media theory and effects, sociology, and communication has given her an appreciation of the wide-range of possibilities for discussing and analyzing today’s media environment—from the changing nature of politics and social media to open government to hacking to the challenges and opportunities facing today’s news landscape. Her primary area of research focuses on how journalism is adapting to change. She is the author of two books, Making News at the New York Times, and Interactive Journalism: Hackers, Data, and Code, and a co-editor of the Oxford University Press book series, Political Communication and Journalism Unbound. Her latest book is about journalism and its relationship to place.



  • Henrik Örnebring

    Henrik Örnebring is Professor of Media and Communication and Director of NODE, the Ander Centre for Research on News and Opinion in the Digital Era, at Karlstad University, Sweden. He has published extensively on comparative journalism studies, journalistic work, media convergence, and the history of journalism in journals such as Journalism, Journalism Studies, Journalism Practice, International Journal of Press/Politics and Communication Theory. He is the author of Newsworkers: Comparing Journalists in Six European Countries and (with Michael Karlsson) Journalistic Autonomy: The Genealogy of a Concept (forthcoming, 2020). He is the also the Editor-in-Chief of the Oxford Research Encyclopaedia of Journalism Studies. He was the Chair of the ICA Journalism Studies Division 2016-18.



  • Lenore Taylor

    Lenore Taylor is the Guardian Australia’s editor. She has won two Walkley awards and has twice won the Paul Lyneham award for excellence in press gallery journalism. She co-authored a book, Shitstorm: Inside Labor’s Darkest Days with David Uren on the Rudd government’s response to the global economic crisis in 2010. Lenore began her journalism career in 1987 with the Canberra Times, before becoming national affairs correspondent and then chief political correspondent at the Sydney Morning Herald. She has also worked as a foreign correspondent. She was the Guardian Australia’s first political editor from 2013 to 2016. Lenore was appointed Guardian Australia editor in May 2016.



  • Lu Ye

    Professor Lu Ye is one of China’s most accomplished media scholars. Starting out as a computer scientist, she subsequently earned an MA in journalism at the Beijing Broadcasting Institute and a PhD in journalism at Fudan University. She’s now a professor at Fudan University and deputy director of the Center for Information and Communication Studies. Professor Lu’s research interests include digital news production and professionalism; media effects and audience studies; and urban communication.



  • Mitchell Stephens

    Mitchell Stephens is Professor of journalism and mass communications at New York University’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute. He is a journalist, media historian and the author of eight books including The Voice of America: Lowell Thomas and the Invention of 20th-Century Journalism (St. Martin’s, 2017), winner of the Sperber Prize 2018 for the best biography of a journalist; Beyond News: The Future of Journalism (Columbia Journalism Review, 2014) and Journalism Unbound: New Approaches to Reporting and Writing (OUP, 2014). His A History of News: from the Drum to the Satellite (Harcourt Brace, 1996) has been translated into four languages and was a New York Times ‘Notable Book of the Year.’