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SAMSS Journalism news archives 2010-2011

Head of Journalism (SAMSS) wins award!

The Head of Journalism (SAMSS) Dr Louise North was among the recipients of a Dean’s Commendation of Excellence in Teaching award for units taught in the first semester of 2010. Louise was recognised for outstanding evaluation results for JRN1902 Newsroom Practice and Theory. The award was presented by SAMSS Head of School Professor Erik Eklund.

Community engagement

A Gippsland campus journalism student is one of three judges in the 2010 Community Newspaper Association of Victoria awards, to be presented at the CNAV annual conference at West Gippsland Arts Centre on 16 October. Judges’ identities remain confidential until the presentations. Former Gippsland campus journalism student, Sadie Heckenberg, judged the awards in 2008. The Community Newspaper Association of Victoria began at the Gippsland campus, and this history is on the CNAV website http://www.cnav.org.au The annual conference now attracts volunteer producers from across the state.

Reflections on print media

The golden age of newspapers spans 100 years, and in her latest publication, SAMSS Journalism  Lecturer Elizabeth Hart provides a glimpse of that period in her chapter “Vintage Business; Changing Times”, in Ink In Our Veins, a short book to mark the centenary of the Star News Group. Star publishes local news weeklies across Melbourne and regional Victoria. The chapter is a reflection on the state of news print industry at the turn of the century, a view from inside the newsroom.

Focus on the regions

Work is under way on a new undergraduate unit with an emphasis on regional journalism, for delivery at the Gippsland and Berwick campuses. Country and local newspapers and broadcasters continue to provide employment for many Monash media graduates. Research into the provincial media has grown since the 1990s, providing a strong theoretical base for the new unit, which is planned for 2012. While journalists everywhere speak a common language, regional journalism requires its own particular knowledge and practices. The new unit will include such topics as local government structures and processes and the role of the fourth estate in the regions.

Industry links

During 2010, the journalism section has been setting up links with media outlets to provide industry experience for students enrolled in a new placement unit, to start in 2011. The Journalism Industry Placement is the flagship of the new course, following restructure of the school’s journalism offerings. It will be available at the Gippsland and Berwick campuses as a final-year unit.

Premier John Brumby speaks to Monash Gippsland's Dr Louise North

Following Dr North's keynote address at the 2010 Victorian Premier's Women's Summit in Melbourne on August 19, she spoke directly with the Victorian Premier John Brumby about a proposal to fund an important research project. The project, to investigate the  status of women in the news media in Australia, received warm support and Dr North has now been asked to develop a funding proposal.

Dr North's address "Women and the media: Ideas for a more equitable future" was delivered to more than 200 delegates including the Minister for Women's Policy, Maxine Morand, government and non-government organisations, politicians, women's groups, rural women, bloggers, academics  and students.

2010 Premier's Women's Summit, Melbourne

Head of Journalism Dr Louise North has been invited to speak at the 2010 Premier's Women's Summit on August 19. Louise will be speaking about the representation of women in the media in a global context, and suggest why women continue to be under represented, marginalised and stereotyped in the news media. Louise will also discuss how female journalists experience the media environment, and how university journalism programs need to embrace education about gendered newsroom culture and news content to enable change.

The Summit is hosted by the Victorian Premier John Brumby and Minister for Women's Affairs Maxine Morand and be will attended by more than 200 key stakeholders, including industry and government representatives and academics.

International Roundtable (women and media)

Head of Journalism, Dr Louise North has been invited to a roundtable at the International Communications Association (ICA) conference in Singapore  in June 2010 to discuss the topic “Globalizing Women and Media Research”.

The invitation follows her involvement in the Global Report on the Status of Women in the News Media, funded by the International Women's Media Foundation in the US.

Field trip

Berwick lecturer, Dr Ndaeyo Uko has just returned from a field research trip to Nigeria and London where he conducted interviews for his upcoming book.

Feb 2010

Revised and Expanded Journalism program for Gippsland, Berwick, and Off-campus Students

New units will be offered in the revised Bachelor of Arts (Journalism) program from 2010.  Photojournalism will be offered for the first time to Gippsland and off campus students, while the unit Gender Race and Journalism, will be the first of its type offered in an Australian journalism undergraduate program.

There will also be a revised flagship Journalism Industry Placement unit which will place our best students in excellent industry placements, further developing students’ skills and Monash's highly regarded reputation with regional industry.

March 2010

Community Engagement

Berwick lecturer, Liz Hart has been working voluntarily with philanthropic organisation the New Australia Media (NAM) to provide media training opportunities for refugees and other new arrivals on humanitarian programs.

Bushfire Research

Dr Louise North is co-editing a special edition of journal Media International Australia,titled “The Victorian Bushfires and Extreme Weather Events: Media Coverage, Crisis and Communication”.

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