Anne Dunn Scholar Award

The 2021 winner of the Anne Dunn award is Dr Catriona Bonfiglioli, Senior Lecturer in Media Studies at the University of Technology, Sydney.

Catriona Bonfiglioli
Dr Catriona Bonfiglioli, University of Technology Sydney

Catriona is one of that rare breed of journalists, like Anne, who move from industry to academe and carve out successful research careers. After 15 years in journalism, Catriona enrolled in a PhD to investigate genetics in the news, and decided to become an academic. She has pioneered the analysis of news about obesity and physical activity, first at the NSW Centre for Overweight and Obesity and then through her ARC Discovery Project ‘Changing the media diet – Investigating the power of the news media to prevent obesity’ (DP1096251). She is now studying the ethics of reporting the pandemic. Catriona has published in journalism and medical journals and she teaches journalism studies, media studies and health and science communication. She has served on the Public Health Association’s NSW Committee since 2001, the UTS Human Research Ethics Committee since 2011, and is a former President and Treasurer of the Australian Medical Writers Association.

The judges said: Catriona has excelled in her transition to academia from journalism, starting with a Reuters medical journalism fellowship and building an impressive record of solo and collaborative publications. She has a strong track record in securing competitive grants, in international networking, and in health communications and media studies research for the public good. Importantly, during the pandemic she developed a guide for journalists reporting the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic. In her outstanding commitment to media ethics education and ongoing industry linkages she clearly commemorates the aims and spirit of Anne Dunn’s work.

The Anne Dunn Scholar Award was established in 2014 to commemorate the life and work of a much-valued colleague – Professor Anne Dunn. The $3000 award is jointly supported by the Journalism Education and Research Association of Australia (JERAA), the Australian and New Zealand Communication Association (ANZCA), and Anne’s siblings and mother. It recognises excellence in research about the fields of communications or journalism, including but not limited to broadcast media for the public benefit. We welcome applications from scholars who can demonstrate a body of work befitting this award.

Applications for the 2022 award will close late May 2022.

The winner of the 2022 Anne Dunn Scholar Award will be announced at the 2022 ANZCA Conference and will also be celebrated at the 2022 JERAA Conference, in December.

Application guidelines:

Please provide a 3-4 page application addressing the following criteria:

  • Description of the body of research about journalism, communication and/or broadcast media for the public benefit (2 pages maximum)
  • Short statement about research achievement relative to career and life opportunity (100 words)
  • Demonstration of the impact of this body of research (1 page maximum)
  • Statement about how the chosen body of research commemorates the aims and spirit of Anne Dunn’s scholarly work (half a page maximum)

Also attach your current CV, containing all relevant publications, research grants and other awards, which will help the judging panel to evaluate your body of work.

The 2022 Anne Dunn Scholar award will be judged cooperatively by representatives of the executive groups of the JERAA and ANZCA, with final consultation to occur between the Presidents of ANZCA and JERAA.

Background to the Award

The Anne Dunn Scholar Award is jointly sponsored by Anne’s mother and siblings, JERAA, and the Australia New Zealand Communication Association (ANZCA), and honours Anne’s lifetime dedication to public service journalism.

The award is in memory of a remarkable broadcaster, journalism educator and media scholar, Associate Professor Anne Dunn (1952-2012). Anne was known for building bridges, whether between industry and the academy or across academic disciplines, for her mentoring of younger women making the adjustment from working in news media to academia and for her life-long commitment to public sector broadcasting.

The award includes a $3,000 prize, supported by ANZCA and the Journalism Education and Research Association of Australia (JERAA), as well as by her mother and siblings. It has run for five years and will continue until further notice. As Anne was a former President of ANZCA, and was President of JERAA at the time of her death, both associations felt it appropriate to honour her via a joint prize. Anne was widely respected for her broadcast experience and management skills, including responsibilities at the ABC and as Dean of the Faculty of Arts at the University of Sydney. She was well known as a mentor of early career researchers, especially women making the transition from industry to academia, as she had done. The award explicitly aims to honour Anne’s commitment to critical research of high academic standard. It recognises excellence in research about the fields of communication and journalism, including but not limited to broadcast media for the public benefit. This reflects Anne’s passion for public service broadcasting, radio studies and media ethics, and her work in bridging journalism and media studies scholarship.

Previous Winners

2020 Scholar: Dr Penny O’Donnell
Penny was the judges’ unanimous choice, from a strong field. The judging panel acknowledged her international research profile, sustained and impressive body of journalism research with public interest benefits, and the significance and impact of her scholarly work. They agreed Penny had movingly articulated how Anne’s aims and values had influenced her contribution to the field, and also recognised her commitment to journalism education.

2019 Scholar: Dr TJ Thomson, Queensland University of Technology
The judging panel reported that Dr Thomson’s submission showed high-quality publications for a new emerging career researcher and that he had made an excellent case for impact and relevance of your work in the spirit of the Anne Scholar of the Year Award.

2018 Scholar: Dr Caroline Fisher, University of Canberra
Dr Fisher was commended by the panel for her body of work as an early career researcher, which features a range of high-quality national and international publications. Her research highlights the connections between journalism and other communication forms, and aims to increase understanding about the changing relationship between these different forms.

2017 Scholar: Prof Geoff Craig, Auckland University of Technology
Professor Geoffrey Craig is head of research in the School of Communication Studies at Auckland University of Technology in New Zealand.

ANZCA president Phillip McIntyre said Geoffrey Craig had produced an impressive body of research. “Geoff Craig’s research analyses major institutions of public communication and he uses theory well. He has helped shape his corner of the field in the region. His work is innovative and his care for his topic, not to mention his engagement with the ABC and other institutions, shines through his application. His work aligns well with the research interests of Anne Dunn”.

JERAA president Matthew Ricketson said: “The judges for the Anne Dunn scholar award this year were pleased by the continuing development of the breadth and depth of the entries. This is not only a fitting tribute to the lasting influence of Anne Dunn but demonstrates advances made in scholarly work in the field of communication and journalism”.

Both presidents, who headed their associations’ judging panels, highly commended the work of Dr Stephen Harrington which they said was well theorised and, for his career point, showed an impressive track record. His research into alternative expressions of journalism is thought-provoking and his advocacy for it in popular as well as academic journals is to be welcomed.

2016 Scholar: Dr Emma Jane
ANZCA president Donald Matheson said Emma A. Jane had produced an impressive body of research investigating online misogyny and cyberhate since 2012. “She shows not only great scholarly energy, but also a commitment to harnessing that research for the public good.”

JERAA president Matthew Ricketson said: “The judges for the Anne Dunn scholar award this year welcomed the increase in the number of entries and were impressed by the quality of the strongest entries, which demonstrated sound scholarship and a refreshing originality of research topics.”

2015 Scholar: Assoc. Professor Mia Lindgren

2014 Scholar: Dr Siobhan McHugh

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